What to Know About Bleeding from the Brain After a Crash

Michigan Auto Law

Bleeding from the brain can occur when the trauma of a motor vehicle crash causes a person’s cerebrum to whip backward and forward, violently striking against the front and back of the skull. This causes blood vessels to rupture, allowing blood to collect between the brain and skull.

A brain bleed from a car accident can cause permanent damage or death. The trauma causes blood vessels in a person’s head to rupture and the blood puts life-threatening pressure on the person’s brain. Symptoms of a brain bleed may not appear immediately. This can create a false impression that the person is not injured.

Delay in seeking immediate medical attention for this type of injury poses a grave danger. Because the bleeding within a person’s skull may increase slowly and gradually, the symptoms of the person’s injury may not become known for hours or even days after the person was injured in a car crash. It is also possible for a person to appear perfectly “fine” in the immediate aftermath of having suffered a serious head injury in a crash.

This is known as the “talk and die syndrome” situation that can occur with a slow brain bleed. It describes the tragic circumstance where a motor vehicle crash victim and observers never fully realize they suffered a brain injury. This causes a delay in seeking immediate medical care, unknowingly losing precious time that may have saved health and lives.


If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms – either immediately after or in the hours and days that follow a blow to the head after a vehicle crash – then you should seek medical attention as soon as possible:

  • Severe headache (that starts suddenly and is located near the back of the head)
  • Sudden loss of or decreased consciousness/alertness
  • Difficulty with or loss of movement (paralysis)
  • Loss of feeling
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Muscle aches (especially neck and shoulder pain)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Photophobia, where light bothers or hurts the eyes
  • Seizure
  • Stiff neck
  • Vision problems

Can you sue for a brain bleed injury?

Yes. You can sue the at-fault driver for pain and suffering compensation as a result of your collision-related injuries. Additionally, you may be able to sue the at-fault driver for other economic damages, such as excess and future medical bills and lost wages.

Finally, If your own No-Fault auto insurance company refuses to pay for – or cuts-off – No-Fault benefits related to your medical treatment and care or wage loss for a brain bleed, then you can sue for unpaid, overdue medical bills, attendant care, medical mileage, replacement services and lost wages because your injury has prevented you from returning to work.

Prompt medical attention and treatment can literally be a matter of life or death. The longer bleeding goes undiagnosed and untreated in the brain, the more damage it can cause. Increasing pressure on the brain can cause loss of consciousness, an inability to breathe, coma, serious traumatic brain injury or death.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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