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What Is Talk-and-Die Syndrome?

Flanagan & Bodenheimer Injury and Wrongful Death Law Firm Team

Talk-and-die syndrome is not something we hear a lot about, but it is something that needs to be discussed because understanding the dynamics of this kind of injury can save lives. Talk-and-die syndrome revolves around what seems like a relatively minor head injury but is in reality something much more severe. There have been many times when someone is injured in an accident, talks and jokes with everybody at the scene of a crash goes home, goes to sleep, and never wakes up.

Understanding Talk-and-Die Syndrome

According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), we know that there were more than 400,000 total car accidents during the latest reporting year across the state. Many of the 3,135 fatalities and more than 152,000 injuries were related to head trauma. Brain injuries can also occur in many other ways, including sports injuries, slip and fall incidents, work injuries, and more.

Talk-and-die syndrome is it condition caused by bleeding on the brain that causes pressure to build up around an accident victim’s skull. The name “talk-and-die syndrome” comes from the fact that victims often seem fine in the hours after an accident only to die suddenly.

In many cases, these injuries are not immediately apparent because the bleed is relatively minor, and pressure builds up slowly. This leads to a victim feeling fine in the immediate aftermath of a crash only to have their condition deteriorate over the next few hours.

Perhaps the scariest part of these injuries is that they can occur in accidents that seem relatively minor. Sometimes, they may not even be damage to the outside of a person’s head. Unfortunately, it is impossible at the scene of an accident to see what is going on underneath the person’s skull. There is no way to see if there is a brain bleed.

How to Avoid the Talk-and-Die Syndrome

It cannot be overstated just how important it is to seek medical attention after an accident. If a person sustains an impact to their head, no matter how minor the impact may seem, they could be suffering from a brain bleed.

It is important to know the early signs of a brain bleed, including the following:

  • headache
  • blurry vision
  • nausea
  • sudden fatigue
  • fainting
  • glazed expression

If the injury victim did not seek medical attention immediately after an accident but begins to display any of these symptoms or any other strange behavior, call 911 and get to a hospital immediately. You must tell doctors and nurses in the ER there was an accident, and you suspect there may be a brain bleed. Time counts in these situations. Swelling on the brain, if not relieved swiftly, can lead to irreparable brain damage or death.

A doctor should order an X-ray or CT scan to rule out any life-threatening conditions. If the doctor does not order these tests, you need to insist that they do so. No matter how well you feel, stay at the hospital. Recovery from a brain bleed depends on immediate treatment once the injury is discovered. Early treatment of a brain bleed often means that a victim is able to make a full recovery. Delayed treatment of a brain bleed, even a minor bleed, can lead to lifelong disability or death.

Speak with our Miami wrongful death lawyers today at (305) 638-4143.

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