Of all the injuries that can be caused by motor vehicle crashes, slip-and-falls, and other accidental incidents, brain injuries are among the most financially and physically devastating. They can catastrophically change not just the life of the injured person but also the life of his or her family. Brain injuries range from minor concussions to the far more severe brain hemorrhage and hematoma. The more severe injuries can result in long term wage loss and crippling health care bills. The Raleigh attorneys of Maginnis Law are experienced in assisting North Carolinians who have sustained life altering brain conditions. We can help you get back on your feet by fighting for full compensation from the negligent party’s insurer. To speak with our lead brain injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard, call 919.480.8526.
One of the more common debilitating brain injuries is the subdural hematoma. A subdural hematoma is a pooling of blood between the dura of the brain (the covering) and the surface of the brain. In many cases it is fatal. Even if not fatal, it can completely alter the course and quality of a person’s life as it can severely impact brain functioning. The hematoma develops as a result of brain hemorrhaging where an artery bursts causing localized bleeding. The subdural hematoma causes pressure on nearby brain tissues, resulting in the death of brain cells.
The symptoms of a subdural hematoma are dependent on the location and size of the hematoma and how much brain tissue is impacted. Some of the example symptoms associated with brain hemorrhage and hematomas include difficulty with balance and walking, speech difficulties, headaches, fatigue, confusion, seizures, loss of consciousness, vomiting, weakness, numbness, and vision disturbances. If a subdural hematoma is suspected, the easiest way for your doctor to confirm the diagnosis is with a brain MRI. Some of the symptoms of the subdural hematoma may disappear after treatment while others may become persistent and affect the patient for the remainder of his or her life.
Treatment of a brain hemorrhage and subdural hematoma in many cases will require emergency surgery. That surgery most often involves a craniotomy. The craniotomy is a procedure where a bone flap from the skull is removed. Once removed, the surgeon will use suction and irrigation to eliminate the hematoma. Once complete, the bone flap is put back using plates or screws. Pharmaceutical treatment will likely include corticosteroids, pain medications, and diuretics. Certain medications also be necessary to stop any seizures.
Maginnis Law attorney T. Shawn Howard is experienced in representing North Carolinians suffering from serious brain injuries such as subarachnoid hemorrhaging and subdural hematomas. Shawn will travel to meet with victims of such injuries if the injuries have left the victim incapacitated and unable to travel. If we are able to assist with your case, we will offer a contingency fee arrangement whereby you pay no attorneys’ fees unless and until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. To request a free consultation, send us an email through our contact page to submit a private inquiry or call Shawn directly at 919.480.8526.