While playing with friends and family around a neighbor’s pool in Atlanta, you suddenly slip on a wet surface and fall, striking your skull on the hard concrete below. As a result of this accident, you suffer a type of brain injury known as a subdural hematoma. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may face substantial financial, physical, and emotional difficulties. Fortunately, you may also be entitled to compensation for your losses depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident.
Range of Severity in a Subdural Hematoma
Subdural hematomas come in many forms. They can vary from chronic to acute, depending on the rate of onset. Doctors will make a diagnosis as to the severity of the injury by using the Glasgow Coma Scale. Doctors will also assess the size and the thickness of the injury. The following is an overview of the various types of subdural hematoma:
Severe Subdural Hematomas
If a subdural hematoma is 10mm thick or greater, and also has a Glasgow Coma Scale rating of 9 or less, the injury is severe. Surgery is recommended in most cases.
Chronic Subdural Hematomas.
This type of subdural hematoma is less serious. In many cases, it may not even require treatment. Chronic subdural hematomas are not life-threatening.
Trauma Induced Acute Subdural Hematomas
This type of subdural hematoma is the most lethal type of brain injury that a slip and fall victim can suffer. Even when it is not lethal, a trauma induced acute subdural hematoma can cause permanent brain damage. This injury results from a tremendous impact force to the skull. Other injuries are often associated with the subdural hematoma, including brain contusions, brain swelling, fractures of the eye orbital, and concussions.
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