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What is a subdural hematoma?

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Personal Injury

There are many different types of brain injuries, which can have a wide variety of symptoms, depending on the severity, the location and the type of injury itself. Never assume that two injuries are the same or that someone else’s outcome will be the same as yours – even if you’ve suffered similar injuries.

One specific type of brain injury to watch out for is known as a subdural hematoma. Dura mater is a protective layer surrounding your brain, between your brain and your skull. But certain head injuries can cause the brain to move violently, which could cause bleeding in the dura mater. This bleeding is known as a subdural hematoma.

Symptoms may get worse over time

The problem with this type of brain injury is that it gets worse with time, rather than better. The excessive bleeding puts pressure on the brain, leading to symptoms like dizziness, confusion, nausea, fatigue and reduced cognitive abilities. In some cases, a person could even be rendered unconscious.

If the bleeding stops, the injured person may make a recovery. But people sometimes put off treatment because their symptoms do not seem very severe. The bleeding then continues for hours or even days, and the injury gets much worse. This is why it’s best to talk to medical professionals any time you suffer a head injury, no matter how serious it seems at that time.

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, such as in a slip-and-fall accident on their property, be sure you are well aware of the legal options you have to seek financial compensation for your injuries. This can help to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and more.