Epidural And Subdural Hematoma

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Traumatic brain injuries come in all forms and levels of seriousness, ranging from mild and moderate to severe and even fatal. It is estimated that more than 50,000 Americans die as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), 1.5 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries annually. Additionally, 5.3 million Americans currently live with conditions resulting from TBI, such as neuropsychological impairments. These can affect work life, family life, and social activity.

The type of traumatic brain injury a patient sustains will play a crucial role in the types of treatment required, recovery time, and the amount of compensation you will receive if a lawsuit is filed. Two forms of traumatic brain injury are epidural hematoma (EDH) and subdural hematoma (SDH).

Epidural hematoma, also called extradural hematoma, is a type of traumatic brain injury in which a buildup of blood occurs between the dura mater (tough outer membrane of the central nervous system) and the skull. The dura mater also covers the spine, so the epidural bleeds could also occur in the spinal column. The injury is often fatal due to the type of injury because the buildup of blood may increase pressure in the intracranial space and compress delicate brain tissue. Between 15 and 20 percent of patients with epidural hematomas die.

A plethora of symptoms are associated with brain injuries, and they provide a myriad of problems for love who suffer from them, as well as their loved ones. Brain injuries, in any form may cause dizziness, as well as difficulties with balance, motor skills, vision, taste or touch. Physical symptoms may include seizures, increased fatigue, pain and migraines. These types of injuries are debilitating in more ways than one.

Subdural hematoma, also called subdural hemorrhage, is a form of traumatic brain injury in which blood gathers within the inner meningeal layer of the dura. Unlike epidural hematomas, which are usually caused by tears in arteries, subdural bleeding usually results from tears in veins that cross the subdural space. This type of traumatic brain injury may cause an increase in intracranial pressure, which can cause compression of and damaging to delicate brain tissue.

If you or someone you love has been in an accident that results in traumatic brain injury, contact a brain injury lawyer or attorney immediately to help you file a lawsuit. Although there is nothing that can be done to reverse your brain injury, or its devastating effects on your well-being, the culpable parties involved in your accident can be held accountable. If your brain injury can be determined to have been caused by the negligence of another individual or party, you have a right to know. You also have a right to seek financial compensation for that injury not only for your medical costs and lost wages, but also for any pain or potential long-term effects that stemmed from the brain injury.

It's best not to wait to contact a brain injury lawyer or attorney, as statutes of limitations apply in most states. Procrastinating could be costly for you and it could hinder your case in many ways. When seeking a brain injury lawyer or attorney, look for one who has a proven track record of success in litigating brain injury cases. Most brain injury attorneys will take your case on a contingency basis, meaning they do not get paid until you receive a settlement. To locate an experienced and successful brain injury lawyer or attorney in your area, visit the American Bar Association website. Don't wait get the compensation you deserve now.


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