What is a subdural hematoma?

What is a subdural hematoma?

If you suffered a head injury in any sort of accident, from a fall to a car crash, it’s important to go to the hospital and meet with medical professionals. Even if you do not feel like you’ve been seriously injured, striking your head may have caused significant complications.

One of these complications is known as a subdural hematoma. You will not see exterior evidence of this, and you may not even experience nearly as much pain as you would expect from a potentially fatal issue. Untreated, however, it can absolutely be a devastating and possibly fatal injury, and you need to address it properly.

Bleeding between the brain and the skull

Perhaps the easiest way to think of a subdural hematoma is as a case of bleeding from a broken blood vessel in your brain. The blood then collects on the surface of the brain and the protective layers that are near the surface. All of these are encased in the skull, however, so the buildup of blood is constantly putting more and more pressure on your brain.

The bleeding may be slow and you may not feel any pain, at least not at first, but this pressure builds up significantly over time. Eventually, you could pass out or even pass away. Many people who have serious consequences from these types of injuries don’t think anything is wrong, they decide to take a nap or go to bed for the night, and then they simply do not wake back up. 

Even if you do go to a medical center and you get diagnosed with a serious brain injury, that doesn’t solve all of the problems. You may need very expensive medical treatment. That’s why you need to know how to seek compensation if someone else was responsible.