Negligent Treatment - Brain Hemorrhage Lawyer - Medical Malpractice
A brain hemorrhage is simply any type of bleeding that occurs in or around the brain. This bleeding can take place below the dura, known as a subdural hematoma, within the brain itself, known as an intraparenchymal bleed, or in the subarachnoid space, known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
In some people, the bleed will heal itself, and the body will reabsorb the blood without further need for medical treatment. In other people, the bleed does not heal or is an active bleed which requires surgery to stop the flow of blood and relieve the pressure on the brain.
One type of brain surgery that is commonly used is a procedure known as the 'burr hole'. This method uses a device that drills a hole into the skull directly over the bleed. Prior to any drilling taking place, a CT scan is done to find out the precise location of the bleed. Once the hole is drilled, pressure is released from the skull and the blood can drain. This procedure does not work for large bleeds.
Another surgical procedure that is done for brain bleeds is performed in the case of a cerebral aneurysm. In this case, the brain is exposed by removing the skull in order to locate the location of the aneurysm. A clip is then placed on the aneurysm to pinch it off and stop the flow of blood. A procedure known as intravascular coiling may also be used and involves snaking a catheter up through the groin directly into the aneurysm. The coil is then installed in order to form a clot and stop the bleeding.
Before any surgery is done, a CT or MRI scan is required so the surgeon knows exactly what portion of the brain is affected. The scan images are also kept close by during the procedure for quick reference.
There are also cases where a craniotomy may be required to manually remove a large blood clot. In this situation, the hair on the scalp is shaved, an incision is made, and the scalp is pulled back. A hole is then made in the skull and a portion of the skull is removed. Once exposed, the aneurysm is removed from the brain and any other bleeding is pinched off.
A surgeon may need to use an endoscope in order to reach deeper portions of the brain. When this happens a camera is placed at the end of the scope so the surgeon can see the area, and even the smallest blood vessels can be dealt with. Monitors are also used to verify the pressure of the intracranial space.
Once all surgery is completed, the portion of the skull that was removed may or may not be secured by the use of stitches, small metal plates, or wire. It takes a great deal of time, usually several weeks for the skull to heal and properly reattach.
As with any type of surgery, brain surgery also comes with the risk of serious complications. These complications include: excessive bleeding, swelling of the brain tissue, damage to healthy brain areas, and even death. The overall outcome for the procedure depends a great deal on why the problem occurred and the general health of the patient.
Unfortunately, there are times when surgery is not conducted properly and there is an issue of medical negligence. In these cases, a brain hemorrhage lawyer may be able to help you, or your family, file a claim and seek damages.
Negligent Treatment - Brain Hemorrhage Lawyer
Our brain hemorrhage lawyers manage all types of legal claims regarding medical malpractice and negligence on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing up front. If you would like a no obligation consultation from a medical malpractice lawyer regarding your injuries caused by negligence or negligent treatment, please contact us today.LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7142