Subdural Hemorrhage Lawyer - Medical Malpractice Compensation



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A subdural hemorrhage occurs when bleeding starts under the lining of the brain, also known as the dura. This condition is also referred to as a subdural hematoma if the blood pools and forms a clot under the dura. The majority of cases are due to a traumatic event, such as a direct injury or blunt force to the head area.

When medical negligence has occurred and a subdural brain hemorrhage is not properly addressed, serious complications can result. If this happens, a medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you recover damages for your loss. If you would like to speak to a subdural hemorrhage lawyer at no cost and without further obligation just call the helpline.

Causes

As previously stated, a subdural hemorrhage is the result of a traumatic head injury and can be classified as 'a chronic subdural hematoma' or 'an acute subdural hematoma'. A chronic subdural hematoma is caused when a minor head trauma results in slow bleeding in the subdural area. These injuries usually happen to older people who then show symptoms of confusion or problems walking. The onset of these symptoms is usually quite rapid and only a CT scan can verify the injury. An acute subdural hematoma occurs much more quickly and fills the space between the dura and the brain fast, thus compressing brain tissue.

Risk Factors

While an injury can occur at any time, common risk factors for a subdural hemorrhage include anticoagulation medication, head injuries (especially repeated injuries), being very young or old and at a higher risk for falling, and alcohol abuse.

Symptoms

There are a variety of symptoms that can present in those experiencing an acute subdural hematoma. These symptoms include: difficulty speaking, confusion, moderate to severe headaches, vomiting, lethargy, seizures, nausea, numbness, general weakness, changes in vision, and loss of consciousness.

Infants may exhibit other symptoms such as a high pitched cry, excessive sleepiness, prolonged vomiting, irritability, increased head size, and problems with feeding.

In the event that you or someone you know has experienced this type of injury and was misdiagnosed or diagnosed with nothing more than a headache and later suffered a catastrophic result, it is in your best interest to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer. He or she can seek the compensation you or your family is entitled to in order to recover some of your losses.

Tests

Anytime there is a head injury, you should seek medical attention promptly. Doctors should order a complete neurological exam as well as various types of brain imaging scans. The best test to determine brain bleeding is a CT scan, as the blood will appear as a bright white area. MRIs may also show bleeding inside the skull.

If there has been any type of failure to diagnose or treat a subdural brain hemorrhage, a medical malpractice lawyer can file a claim to seek compensation for your injuries.

Treatment

Because a subdural hemorrhage is quite serious, it should always be treated as an emergency. The most common course of action doctors take is to perform surgery in order to relieve pressure on the brain. In some cases, this can be as simple as drilling a small hole to allow the blood to escape. In other cases, a craniotomy may be needed to remove a larger portion of the skull in order to remove the blood clot manually.

Doctors may also prescribe medication to lower blood pressure, as well as corticosteroids and diuretics to reduce brain swelling. Seizure prevention medications, such as mannitol, may provide further benefits to prevent seizures as well as to reduce brain pressure.

Prognosis

The prognosis for a patient with a subdural hemorrhage depends a great deal on the size of the bleed, the location of the bleed, and how quickly medical attention is administered. It may also depend on if there is other damage or injuries to the brain. Unfortunately, acute subdural hematomas have a high rate of mortality, while chronic and subacute subdural hematomas are less fatal. When the patient does survive, he or she will often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation in order to regain as much function as possible. Seizures are a quite common side effect but can be controlled with medication.

Side effects and complications of subdural hemorrhages include: brainstem hernias, coma, neurological problems, numbness, weakness, difficulty speaking, and death.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help

Our team of subdural hemorrhage lawyers can help you take legal action if you or someone you know has been misdiagnosed or mistreated for their injuries. Since all consultations are no obligation, and all medical malpractice cases are taken on a contingency basis, you pay nothing up front. Contact our lawyers today to find out how we can help.

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