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Why is a subdural hematoma so dangerous?

Karns & Kerrison

Rhode Island car and boat accidents often lead to severe head injuries due to the massive forces involved in vehicle transport. Of these injuries, subdural hematoma is one of the most serious. If you or a loved one were to suffer such an injury, here are a few things you might want to know.

One important consideration is how difficult it is to diagnose brain injuries if you are not well trained in the medical specialty. Therefore, it is usually best not to assume any injury or lack thereof. In the event you should be in an accident, it would be advisable to give all medical professionals involved a full account of the events leading up to the injury. Furthermore, you should probably keep a complete record of any procedures or examinations involved in the process for future reference.

If you were to receive a head injury from the powerful forces involved in falls, automobile accidents or boating collisions, there is a chance that the areas around the lining surrounding your brain could become damaged. The resulting bleeding, which puts pressure on your brain, is known as subdural hematoma.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a section on subdural hematoma and the relationship of this brain injury to head trauma. The article states that receiving a traumatic head injury has a chance to lead to this condition, which could cause any number of complications: from brain damage to death.

Minor injuries in seniors and children could also contribute to the development of hematoma. Hematoma caused by smaller bumps could pose a much more serious threat to you and your loved ones, as this chronic condition builds up over time and could avoid initial detection.

If you or any elderly or young loved ones were to be involved in a head injury situation, it would probably be wise to have hematoma ruled out completely before making any type of agreement with any individual or organization, such as an insurance company or another party to the accident. This is meant only as educational material, so please do not view it as legal advice.


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