The medical term “hematoma” has a specific meaning that relates to certain traumatic brain injuries. In order to win a lawsuit involving this type of physical injury, it is important to understand how a hematoma is viewed by the medical community, the possible outcomes for such an injury and how it affects the patient’s future.
The word “hematoma” specifically refers to the pooling of blood on the surface of the brain. It comes from two Greek words: heme, which means “blood,” and oma, which means “body.” Therefore, a hematoma, sometimes spelled “haematoma,” means a “body of blood.” Technically, a hematoma is any grouping of blood cells outside of a blood vessel.
While most hematomas in the body are essentially harmless, such as bruises that occur when someone strikes an arm or leg, subdural hematomas or hematomas that occur beneath the dura matter of the brain can be very serious. Pooling blood pushes on the brain, which has no defense against the mounting pressure. Irreparable brain damage can result.
There are three types of subdural hematomas:
If you have been the victim of an accident that resulted in a brain injury, it is extremely important for you to take steps to recover compensation to pay for ongoing medical treatment and other expenses. Call Daniel M. Gilleon in San Diego immediately for a free consultation about your case. Do not wait; take action immediately to protect your rights.