Intracranial hemorrhage is a medical term for bleeding within the skull, either within the brain or between the brain and the skull. This condition can be traced to various causes, with head trauma being the most common cause for people under 50. Like other kinds of internal bleeding, intracranial hemorrhage is dangerous because you may not know right away that it has occurred.
Internal bleeding can injure or kill parts of the brain that control development and motor function, and therefore intracranial hemorrhage and cerebral palsy are often related outcomes. During birth, an infant could experience intracranial hemorrhage from complications during delivery. An unborn fetus could be affected by problems with blood clotting or irregular blood vessel formation in the brain or by maternal hypertension (high blood pressure in the mother).
Intracranial hemorrhage can cause a localized swelling of the brain called an intracranial hematoma. This occurs when bleeding is isolated in a particular part of the brain, and the collected blood compresses brain tissue. An intracranial hematoma is possibly life-threatening and should be treated immediately. Doctors may prescribe medication or perform surgery to remove the collected blood and alleviate pressure on the brain.
Pressure on the Brain
A severe intracranial hemorrhage can cause permanent brain damage and lifelong health issues such as cerebral palsy. Medical professionals separate cases into four “grades” that define the severity of the condition and when intracranial hemorrhage and cerebral palsy and other injuries might result.
Symptoms of Intracranial Hemorrhage
Checking for intracranial hemorrhage as a cerebral palsy or birth injury factor directly after birth is recommended. Symptoms of intracranial hemorrhage in an infant include lethargy, sharp crying, skin discoloration, changes in blood count, and irregular eye movement.
Living with Cerebral Palsy
Infants who survive an intracranial hemorrhage may require lifelong medical care. A birth injury depends on many factors, but in many cases cerebral palsy can be linked to complications during delivery. Sometimes these complications could have been prevented. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you may have many questions. Sokolove Law’s experienced birth injury lawyers can help you get answers. Call Sokolove Law to learn whether you could qualify for compensation. A settlement can help cover the high cost of your medical bills and provide financial security for your family.