What Is a Contusion Injury?

Falls, car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other accident types happen more frequently than they should. While some accidents are minor, others can lead to serious injuries. When a serious injury is the result of another party’s negligence, the injured party may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. At the law office of Groth & Associates, our Ohio personal injury attorneys can help. One common type of injury that we often encounter is that of a contusion injury. Here’s what you should know about contusion injuries and what your rights are if you’ve been harmed in Ohio—

What Is a Contusion Injury?

While the word “contusion” is a medical term that’s used by doctors, a contusion injury just refers to a bruise. However, while a bruise may seem like a rather insignificant injury, contusion injuries can be serious, especially when the injury is a brain contusion or bone contusion.

  • Brain contusion. A brain contusion is a type of head injury where the head is hit with a blunt object and a bruise on the brain itself forms. Brain contusions can lead to bleeding and swelling and are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). 
  • Bone contusion. An accident that involves a large amount of force can cause bruises that penetrate beyond the skins and muscles and result in a bone contusion. A bone contusion can lead to stiffness, swelling, and pain. Bone contusions are often associated with other injuries, such as fractures.

Common Causes of Contusion Injuries

Contusions occur when the body or the head is hit by a blunt object. Contusion injuries can occur in:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Diving and sports accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Dog bites/dog attacks

Of course, the above list of potential accidents that can lead to contusion injuries is not inclusive. If you have been involved in an accident and suffered a serious contusion injury, call our law firm directly for support. 

Damages from a Contusion Injury

In addition to pain and medical costs, contusion injuries may lead to short- or long-term disability and other complications, depending on the severity and location of the contusion injury. A brain contusion injury could have long-term effects, including problems with memory, thinking, language, emotion, and sensation. A bone contusion injury could result in a person being unable to work and earn an income for some amount of time following the injury. As such, potential damages from a contusion injury include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress. 

Call the Law Office of Groth & Associates Today

At the law offices of Groth & Associates, our Ohio personal injury lawyers can help you if you have suffered a contusion or/and other injuries as a result of another party’s negligence and you are now dealing with economic and noneconomic losses. To learn more about our legal services and your rights, please reach out to our law firm directly or by phone at your convenience. We are here to serve you.