The trauma of an accident can cause many different kinds of intracranial hematomas. Not all hematomas are the same. You may require different medical treatments and face a different prognosis depending on what type of hematoma you suffer. However, the legal action you take when you suffer a hematoma after an accident is the same.
Types of Intracranial Hematomas
The term intracranial hematoma means that blood has collected under the skull. All hematomas have this in common, but the blood isn’t always in the same place. Accordingly, hematomas are divided into different diagnoses depending on where the blood collects. The different types of intracranial hematomas include:
- Subdural hematomas. Subdural hematomas occur when the blood vessels burst between your brain and the outer membranes that surround your brain. The blood that collects from the burst blood vessel puts pressure on the brain. After a severe head injury, symptoms may occur immediately. This is known as an acute subdural hematoma. If symptoms take days or weeks to develop, then you may suffer a subacute subdural hematoma. Finally, if the bleeding is slow, then symptoms may take weeks or months to appear, and the condition is referred to as a chronic subdural hematoma.
- Epidural hematomas. Epidural or extradural hematomas happens when a blood vessel bursts between the membranes that protect your brain and your skull. Like subdural hematomas, epidural hematomas put pressure on your brain tissue.
- Intracerebral hematomas. Intracerebral or intraparenchymal hematomas happen when blood pools in the brain tissue itself.
You should report the following symptoms to your doctor immediately after any kind of accident or head injury:
- Drowsiness or lethargy
- Loss of consciousness
- Unequal pupil size
If a doctor suspects you have an intracranial hematoma, then your doctor will order an imaging test such as a CT scan, MRI, or angiogram. Treatment may include surgery. Recoveries can take a long time and a full recovery may be impossible. Ongoing rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy may be helpful.
How Intracranial Hematomas Happen
Head trauma is the most common cause of all types of intracranial hematomas. Head injuries can happen in all kinds of ways, including various types of accidents, such as:
When someone else’s negligence causes one of these accidents, then the person who suffers the hematoma may bring a personal injury lawsuit for damages.
What to Do After You Suffer an Intracranial Hematoma
After you get an initial medical evaluation, you should continue watching for hematoma symptoms and following your doctor’s recommended treatment plan.
Additionally, if you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence, then you should learn about your legal rights. You may have the right to a financial recovery, but first, you need to prove that the defendant caused your injury. Whether you were hurt in a motor vehicle crash, a slip or trip and fall, a negligent security incident, or another type of accident, you will need to prove that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty of care by failing to act as a reasonable person would in similar circumstances
- The defendant caused your intracranial hematoma, which would not have happened but for the accident
- You have a legal right to recover damages
This legal standard may seem overwhelming. You will need to provide evidence to convince the insurance company or court of your case, but you don’t have to do it alone.
Our experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorneys are here to help you get the fair compensation that you deserve, including money for your past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket damages, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Call us today or fill out our online contact form to have us contact you to talk more about your rights and your potential recovery during a free, no-obligation initial case evaluation.