The human body will sometimes post warnings of things gone amiss in the form of seemingly impromptu physical manifestations of internal changes.  Protruding blood vessels from the surface of the skin might signal liver damage.  Purple fingertips are a common symptom of anoxia.  “Clubbing” of fingertips often betokens lung cancer.  As the saying goes, “There’s no smoke without fire.”

While trouble brewing below the surface is often heralded by external manifestations, this is not always the case.  Sometimes the deepest damage is augured only by ambiguous symptoms of generic sickness.  Such is the case with intracranial hematoma, a condition in which blood pooling inside the skull applies pressure to the brain.  Headache, numbness, fatigue, dizziness, and vomiting are its early harbingers; these are sometimes followed by seizures and a loss of consciousness.  Although the most common cause of intracranial hematoma is traumatic brain injury, not all hard impacts leave a visible mark, and not all receive the necessary emergency medical treatment.

Because early detection and prompt treatment are essential to optimal treatment of any brain injury, it is imperative that no one delay treatment merely because they don’t think they have the means to pay for it right away—the consequences of such a deferment could be lifelong.  If you have sustained a forceful blow to the head at school, work, some public location, or in any circumstances under which someone else had a responsibility to ensure your safety, a Salt Lake City brain injury attorney at Christensen & Hymas can help you seek compensation for timely examination and any necessary care.

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