What Are Epidural and Subdural Hematoma?

Approximately 5.3 million American are living with life affecting conditions as the result of traumatic brain injury. These injuries may be the result of a sudden impact or shaking of the brain, oxygen deprivation, multiple blows to the head over time or illness. Injuries may range from mild to severe.  It is estimated that more than 50,000 Americans die each year from traumatic brain injuries according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Annually 1.5 million Americans will sustain a traumatic brain injury.

One of the most common types of brain injury is hematoma. It is a buildup or gathering of blood in the brain. These brain injuries are classified in two categories – epidural hematoma (EDH) and subdural hematoma. (SDH)

Epidural Hematoma

Sometimes referred to as extradural hematoma, epidural hematoma is a traumatic brain injury where a buildup of blood occurs between the skull and the outer membrane of the nervous system known as the dura mater. Epidural bleeding may occur between the brain and the skull or also into the spinal column. Often arterial, this bleeding may compress delicate brain tissue within the cranium and is often fatal. Fatality has been estimated to be as high as 20 percent for victims of epidural hematoma.

Subdural Hematoma

Also called subdural hemorrhage, subdural hematoma is a traumatic brain injury where collection of blood occurs within the inner meningeal layer of the dura. Subdural bleeding usually occurs from tears in the veins that transverse the subdural space. This gathering of blood may increase intracranial pressure leading to compressing and damaging to delicate brain tissue.

The symptoms of traumatic brain injuries such as epidural and subdural hematoma are manifold and may include seizures, dizziness, balance and motor skill issues and sensory difficulties regarding vision, taste and touch. Physical symptoms may include fatigue, pain and migraines. Multiple debilitations often result from serious traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries may cause problems that affect the injured persons relationships domestically, professionally and socially. They may require years or even a lifetime of rehabilitation. The injured person may require job retraining if they are able to work at all.

If you or someone you care about was the victim of an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury such as an epidural or subdural hematoma, you should contact an experienced brain injury attorney to aid you in filing a lawsuit. The injury has adversely affected your life in a big way and all culpable parties need to be identified and held accountable. The cost of a traumatic brain injury over a lifetime can be in the millions of dollars from medical bills, lost income, retraining and special needs. There is also emotional, mental and physical damage that has diminished the quality of life. Only an experienced brain injury lawyer is qualified to determine the true value of your case. A professional brain injury attorney will handle your case on a contingency basis meaning that there is no payment made until after you receive your settlement. Do not wait too long before contacting an attorney as time can adversely affect your case. There are statutes of limitation which place a stringent time frame on filing your case.

Dolman Law Group is a personal injury law firm that has helped countless traumatic brain injury victims to recover substantial cash settlements. Reach out to a brain injury attorney at Dolman Law Group today for an evaluation of your case. You pay nothing until we win. Call us for a consultation at (727) 853-6275.

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