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A subdural haemorrhage involves bleeding beneath the dura or lining of the brain. It is also called a subdural haematoma, when the blood collects into a clot beneath the dura. It is almost always related to a traumatic event, such as a skull fracture or blunt trauma to the head.

Brain haemorrhage compensation claim solicitors deal with applications for awards of damages for personal injury on the basis of medical negligence following either miss-diagnosis or failed surgical intervention both of which can cause a worsening of the initial problem.

Causes

A subdural haematoma is the result of a significant head injury. It is divided into two types: an “acute subdural haematoma” and a “chronic subdural haematoma”. Acute subdural haematomas fill the space between the brain and the dura really fast, compressing brain tissue quickly so that brain damage is possible. A minor head trauma can result in slow bleeding into the subdural space. This causes a chronic subdural haematoma. The individual is often elderly and exhibits symptoms of gait disturbances and dementia of a relatively rapid onset. Only a CT scan can tell if the problem is actually due to a chronic subdural haematoma. In rare cases, subdural haematomas can happen in the absence of any known trauma.

Risk Factors for having a Subdural Haematoma

Common risk factors include alcohol abuse, anticoagulant medication such as aspirin and warfarin, repeated head injury, being very old or very young or having a risk for falls.

Symptoms of Subdural Haematoma

Those adults who have an acute subdural haematoma often have difficulty with walking or balance, speech which is confused, moderate to severe headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, lethargy or confusion, seizures, numbness, visual changes, slurred speech and weakness.

Infants can display bulging fontanelles, seizures, feeding problems, a high pitched cry, lethargy or sleepiness, irritability, ongoing vomiting, increased head circumference and separation of the sutures where the skull is growing together.

Brain haemorrhage compensation claim solicitors often deal with cases where a patient in the early stages of a brain haemorrhage presents at hospital suffering from severe headache to be told to go home and take analgaesics. Within a few hours the patient is unconscious, often with little chance of full recovery which may have taken place with early surgical intervention. This scenario may be determined to be an issue of medical negligence leading to an award of damages for pain and suffering and financial losses.

Tests to Perform

If you think you or a loved one has had a head injury, seek medical advice immediately. If that person is an adult, consider the possibility that their confusion is due to a chronic subdural haematoma. Doctors will perform a complete neurological examination and consider ordering brain imaging. The best imaging test for bleeding in the brain area is the CT scan of the head. Blood shows brightly white on a CT scan of the head and is easily seen by the radiologist. An MRI scan of the head will also show bleeding within the skull.

Failure to diagnose and treat may be an issue of medical negligence whereby brain haemorrhage compensation claim solicitors can issue proceedings to claim damages for personal injury and loss.

Treatment of Subdural Haematoma

A subdural haematoma is considered a medical emergency. Doctors generally do emergency surgery to drain the subdural haematoma and to relieve the pressure within the brain. It can be as simple as drilling a small hole over the haematoma and allowing the blood to evacuate. If there is a firm clot, doctors may need to do a craniotomy, which removes a segment of the skull in order to manually remove a large or stubborn blood clot.

Doctors also use medications to lower the blood pressure, such as diuretic therapy and often use corticosteroids in order to reduce swelling of the brain. Anti-seizure medications are used to prevent seizures and mannitol is used to reduce the overall pressure in the brain.

Inadequate surgical treatment may be an issue of medical negligence whereby brain haemorrhage compensation claim solicitors can issue proceedings to claim damages for personal injury and loss.

Prognosis of Subdural Haematoma

There are many outcomes in subdural haematoma and it all depends on its location, its size and how quickly you seek medical attention. It also depends on whether or not there have been other brain injuries, such as an injury to the brain itself. Acute subdural haematomas have a relatively high death rate, with subacute and chronic subdural haematomas being less deadly. In cases of chronic subdural haematomas, the patient often needs some medical care and rehabilitation but can return to normal functioning after the rehabilitation is over with. Many people continue to suffer from seizures even after the acute phase is over with but these can be controlled with anti-seizure medication.

Complications include haerniation of the brainstem, often resulting in coma and death, ongoing neurological symptoms, seizure disorders and difficulty in areas of numbness, weakness and speaking.

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