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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: SUBDURAL HEMATOMA

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

Subdural hematomas are potentially life-threatening injuries that occur when blood builds up between the brain and the skull in the layers of tissue that surround the brain. As blood collects, the pressure on the brain increases, resulting in significant impairment. The injury is caused by an impact to the brain, most typically after a slip and fall accident or a car accident. The impact can be direct, such as when the head strikes something sharply, or indirect, such as in a severe whiplash-type injury that snaps the head back and forth violently.

During a hematoma, the tiny blood vessels in the layer of tissue surrounding your brain are torn and begin leaking blood, sometimes quickly and sometimes very slowly. The types of symptoms a subdural hematoma can cause can vary depending on how quickly blood is leaking.

Symptoms of Subdural Hematoma

In some people, symptoms of a subdural hematoma may appear immediately; in others where the bleeding occurs very slowly, symptoms may not show up for days or even weeks following an accident. Typical symptoms include:

1. headache

2. dizziness

3. confusion

4. irritability or other changes in mood

5. drowsiness

6. weakness

7. seizures

8. unconsciousness

When the development of a subdural hematoma is very slow, an accident victim may appear normal for some time before suddenly developing symptoms in response to the growth of the hematoma and its increasing pressure on the brain.

Even a relatively small hematoma can have long-lasting consequences on the victim's ability to perform tasks like:

1. bathing and dressing

2. walking

3. driving

4. using the toilet

5. speaking or writing

6. other personal or work-related activities

Treatments for Subdural Hematoma

In some minor cases, subdural hematomas may be able to be managed using medication. But many injuries require surgery, typically using one of these approaches:

Burr hole surgery: A hole is drilled into the skull to allow the build-up of blood to be removed.

Craniotomy: A large section of the skull is temporarily removed to reduce pressure and make it easier for the doctor to treat the area. When the skull bone is left off for a longer period, it's called a craniectomy.

Many people with subdural hematomas wind up needing life support, either temporarily or permanently.

If you've been injured in an accident that involved any impact to your head, spine, or neck, getting proper medical care is critical, and so is ensuring you receive proper compensation for that care. At the Law Offices of Vatche Bostadjian, we help accident victims in Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, North Hollywood, and throughout the surrounding areas protect their rights and seek the compensation they deserve. Call us today to schedule your consultation.



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