A Subdural Hematoma Personal Injury Claim

If you suffered a subdural hematoma that resulted from an accident that was caused by the recklessness, negligence or carelessness of someone else, there is most likely compensation that you are entitled to for this injury. However, in order to get all of the compensation that is rightfully yours, you will need the representation of a personal injury attorney.

By definition, a subdural hematoma is a gathering of blood that occurs on the surface of your brain. In other words, it is a collection of blood that takes place outside of your brain, not inside.

Blood gathers

When you suffer a subdural hematoma, blood gathers within the outermost meningeal layer of tissue that surrounds your brain. Blood collects between the dura matter that adheres to your skull and the arachnoid mater enveloping your brain.

Even though bleeding from a subdural hematoma occurs outside of your brain, pressure on your brain increases as the blood amasses. The risk of unconsciousness and death becomes greater when the pressure on your brain gets too high.

Two of the common causes of a subdural hematoma are motor vehicle accidents and falls. Both of these types of accidents may be caused by the carelessness, recklessness or negligence of another party, whether that party is an individual or a business.

Slip and fall

One specific kind of accident that may result in a subdural hematoma is what is referred to as a “slip and fall” accident. A slip and fall accident may be brought about by someone who is negligent in maintaining property, such as stairs or a sidewalk.

There are a number of signs and symptoms you may experience with a subdural hematoma. These include:

Dizziness
Disturbances with your vision
Confusion or lethargy
Difficulty with balance or walking
Loss of consciousness
Coma
Confused speech
Seizures
Slurred speech
Change in behavior
Headache
Lack of interest (apathy)
Nausea and vomiting
Numbness
Weakness
Excessive drowsiness.

A subdural hematoma is usually diagnosed with a medical assessment that includes a complete neurological examination. A CT scan or an MRI scan may also be used in the diagnosis of a subdural hematoma.

The treatment for your subdural hematoma will depend on its size and rate of growth. If it is a small subdural hematoma, you may only need to be carefully monitored until your body heals itself. However, a larger, more serious subdural hematoma may require different kinds of surgical procedures.

Period of rehabilitation

Your prognosis after suffering a subdural hematoma will be determined by the location and type of your injury, the size of the blood collection and how promptly you got treatment for the injury. You may need a period of rehabilitation before you can go back to work again; or, in severe cases, you may suffer some type of permanent disability as a result of your injury.

Lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering are some of the things you may be compensated for in a personal injury claim for your subdural hematoma. However, in order to get all of the compensation that is rightfully yours, you will need the representation of a personal injury attorney.

Most personal injury attorneys will evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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