What Is A Subdural Hematoma?
A subdural hematoma is usually the result of a serious head injury. Generally, a hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessel, artery or vein. A subdural hematoma is the collection of blood outside of the brain but within the skull. As the blood pools inside the skull it compresses the brain tissue putting pressure on the brain. Death can result if enough pressure is exerted on the brain.
What Causes A Subdural Hematoma?
Head injuries that cause enough force to burst blood vessels is usually required. This type of injury usually occurs in automobile collisions, serious falls, sports injuries, assaults or other serious accidents.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Subdural Hematoma?
Immediately, a person with a subdural hematoma may lose consciousness and become comatose. Other victims may become confused and slow as the hematoma forms and eventually lose consciousness and become comatose over several days. Additional symptoms include headache, confusion, changes in vision, speech problems, change in behavior, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, lethargy or excessive drowsiness, weakness, apathy, and seizures. (Source: WebMD)
How Is A Subdural Hematoma Diagnosed?
Medical doctors rely on imaging studies of the brain to determine the extent and exact location of the subdural hematoma. CT scans and MRI scans of the head are the most commonly prescribed because they are able to detect the presence of a subdural hematoma following a head injury.
How Is A Subdural Hematoma Treated?
In some cases subdural hematomas resolve by themselves. Other cases require brain surgery. Observation and repeated head imaging tests are performed to monitor progress of the subdural hematoma. Improvement usually means that the hematoma is getting smaller and that pressure on the brain is decreasing. More severe subdural hematomas require surgery to reduce pressure on the brain. A hole may be drilled, or sections of the skull removed for an extended period of time to give the brain room to swell and expand without causing permanent brain injury. If part of the skull is removed it is replaced shortly after the procedure.
Compensation For A Subdural Hematoma
If you or someone you love has experienced a subdural hematoma after a traumatic incident, sports injury, or a car crash, you may have injured your brain. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.
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