Intracranial bleeding can develop if you have suffered a traumatic head injury. When bleeding develops in the tissue surrounding the brain, it is known as a subdural hematoma. This can cause excessive pressure on the brain and result in brain damage, paralysis, and even death.
Have you suffered a subdural hematoma because of a head injury sustained in a San Diego accident? If someone else is to blame you have the right to file a lawsuit for damages. While the money will not ensure a full recovery, it can help you cope with the financial, physical, and emotional consequences of the injury. At Injury Trial Lawyers, we are prepared to help you maximize the financial award you receive. Call our San Diego subdural hematoma attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.
Understanding Subdural Hematoma Injuries
A subdural hematoma occurs when blood vessels on the surface of the brain rupture. When the vessels rupture, blood can begin to pool in the tissue that surrounds the brain. There is not a lot of space between your brain and the inside of your skull. When blood pools in this area, it can create pressure on the brain. The greater the pressure exerted, the more serious the potential consequences.
There are two types of subdural hematoma injuries: acute and chronic.
Acute Subdural Hematoma. Acute injuries pose the greatest threat to your health and safety. An acute injury develops when blood vessels rupture instantly or shortly after a traumatic head injury. Blood pools outside of the brain and intracranial pressure increases rapidly. An acute subdural hematoma injury can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Chronic Subdural Hematoma. Chronic injuries may not require surgical treatment and can be manageable. Chronic injuries tend to occur when blood vessels rupture slowly over time. As a result, less blood pools and there is less intracranial pressure.
Subdural Hematoma Symptoms
Seek medical attention immediately if you notice that you experience any of the following signs and symptoms of a subdural hematoma:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Pressure, or
Acute injuries require prompt medical care. Left untreated, a subdural hematoma can have devastating consequences or be fatal.
Complications of a Subdural Hematoma Injury
Intracranial pressure and bleeding can be incredibly dangerous. The risks of a subdural hematoma will depend on the severity of the head injury, location of the bleeding, age, and overall health. It is possible to develop the following complications if you suffer a subdural hematoma:
- Cognitive impairment
- Physical impairment
- Limited mobility
- Brain edema
- Coma, and
Many times, the extraordinary costs of a subdural hematoma stem from complications of the injury.
Subdural Hematoma Treatments
The specific treatment that is chosen for your subdural hematoma injury will depend on the consideration of many factors. These include:
- The type of subdural hematoma you’ve sustained (acute vs. chronic)
- Overall health
- Risks associated with surgery, and
- Location of the bleed.
Once your subdural hematoma injury has been diagnosed, possible treatment options can include:
- Observation and medication
- Burr holes (tiny hole in the skull to reduce pressure)
- Craniotomy (temporary removal of a piece of the skull), or
- Craniectomy (extended removal of a piece of the skull.
Causes of Subdural Hematoma Injuries in San Diego
Subdural hematomas typically develop as a result of trauma to the head. Common causes of subdural hematoma injuries in San Diego include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Elder abuse
- Slips and falls
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Construction accidents, and
- Workplace accidents.
Have you suffered a subdural hematoma injury because of a San Diego accident? The legal team at Injury Trial Lawyers can help you assert your rights. Call us today to learn more.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Subdural Hematoma Injury Claim
California limits the amount of time victims have to file a lawsuit after an accident. In most personal injury cases, you will only have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim. You can be prevented from getting the money you need if you don’t file before the statute of limitations expires.
What happens if you don’t realize that you’ve suffered a subdural hematoma right away? There are times when this type of injury will not manifest for days, weeks, or even months after a traumatic accident. Chronic injuries, in particular, may be difficult to diagnose. If this is the case, you may be able to extend the amount of time you have to file a claim.
The statute of limitations can be tolled (or paused) if there is a reasonable delay in the discovery of your injury. The clock to file your claim will begin when you identify the subdural hematoma.
You can make sure that your claim is filed on time by contacting an attorney immediately after an accident. Call Injury Trial Lawyers today to get started on your personal injury case.
How Our San Diego Subdural Hematoma Injury Lawyers Will Help You
When someone else is responsible for your subdural hematoma injury you have the right to demand compensation. However, you really need to focus on yourself and your recovery right now. You don’t need the added stress of trying to navigate a lawsuit on your own. Hiring an attorney will not only give you time to focus on yourself, but also increase the likelihood of maximizing the amount of money you get.
At Injury Trial Lawyers, APC, we are prepared to help you recover the money you need after a traumatic head injury. Here’s how we will help you make the most of your personal injury lawsuit.
Protect You From Insurers. There’s a good chance that you’ll be dealing with another person’s insurance company. These companies use manipulative tricks and tactics that are designed to drive down the value of your case. Our attorneys know how these companies operate and will protect you from their unsavory practices. We will level the playing field and make sure that you receive a fair settlement offer.
Identify Cause and Responsibility. A careful investigation into your accident and injury will allow us to (a) determine all causes and (b) identify anyone who contributed to your harm. We will then pursue compensation from anyone who played a role in causing your subdural hematoma injury.
Ensure Proper Valuation. How much is your case worth? What can you expect to recover for intimate injuries like pain and suffering? You want to be in control of how these questions are answered. Our attorneys will thoroughly analyze your case and the extent of your injuries. Once we have identified which damages you should be able to receive we will get to work on determining the value of your case. We work with a variety of experts to make sure that we are able to identify the true value of your injuries.
Limit Shared Liability. Did you contribute to your accident? Are you partially responsible for your subdural hematoma injury? Don’t worry. You can still recover money as long as someone else also shares fault. However, your contribution to the accident will the amount of money you can receive. It will be crucial to gather evidence that shifts blame away from you and onto others. We will search for proof that limits your liability and maximizes your recovery.
San Diego Subdural Hematoma Injury Lawyers
Your life can change forever when you suffer an intracranial brain bleed. If your subdural hematoma injury was the result of a San Diego accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It’s important to speak with a qualified San Diego personal injury attorney to understand your legal rights and options. Contact Injury Trial Lawyers today to schedule an appointment to speak with a member of our skilled legal team. We will review your case, outline your options, and answer any questions you have. Call today to learn more.