Brain Injury Hematoma / Blood Clots

A hematoma occurs when there is bleeding in the brain due to a head injury. Depending upon where the bleeding is occurring and how severe the injury was, you could be looking at a moderate to severe or potentially catastrophic or fatal hematoma or blood clot in the brain. If the bleeding happens very quickly and the pressure isn’t relieve, it’s possible for compressed brain tissue to be irreparably damaged. It’s also possible to have chronic long-term hematoma that can develop over weeks, months or longer. Whether you suffered from a subdural hematoma in a car accident or an epidural hematoma due to blunt force trauma, you could be looking at a lifelong impact from the symptoms and side effects associated with this type of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Closed Head Injuries and Hematoma

Hematomas and blood clots in the brain happen most often in cases involving closed head injury. Your head suffers a blow, and perhaps a blood vessel is ruptured, leaking blood into the nearby tissue. The clot will begin to form in whatever area of the brain the bleeding occurred. If the clot forms between the skull and the lining of the dura, that’s an epidural hematoma. If the clot forms between the dura and the brain, that’s considered a subdural hematoma. If the clot happens deep inside of the brain, that’s usually considered an intracerebral hematoma, and can be one of the most difficult ones to treat. Listed below are some common symptoms of hematoma and blood clot injuries in the brain.

Common Symptoms of a Hematoma in The Brain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Vision impairments
  • Difficulties with speech
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
Immediate Medical Intervention for Brain Hematoma

No matter what the severity of the head injury initially looks like, immediate medical evaluation and intervention is always necessary. For kids who get knocked out in youth sports, it’s essential to get an immediate medical evaluation. For children, especially babies, who were involved in car accidents, the risk for subdural hematomas can be quite high, whether they appeared to hit their heads in the wrecks or not. It’s not always necessary to have blunt force trauma involved with a closed head injury or hematoma or blood clot in the brain. Shaken baby syndrome or any kind of action that can cause the brain to get jolted within the skull can cause a brain hematoma or blood clot. No matter what kind of head injury you or a loved one has sustained, one thing is for certain. Immediate medical evaluation is the top priority.

Lifelong Impact of a Hematoma Brain Injury

Depending upon the severity of your hematoma, you could be looking at a swift and full recovery or a very long rehabilitation. In severe cases, acute subdural hematomas can be fatal. The type of impact a blood clot in the brain has on your life will depend on where the clot occurred and how severe it was. Was a lot of brain tissue compressed? How long did that compression last? No two brain injuries are exactly alike, and it can be challenging to determine exactly what lifelong impacts can stay with a person long after the initial brain injury occurred. It’s very possible to have permanent damage to speech, memory, vision, and even limb use depending upon the severity and location of your hematoma.

Hematoma and Blood Clot Brain Injury Causes

A variety of different situations can cause hematomas and blood clots in the brain. First and foremost, one of the most common causes of brain injuries including hematomas and blood clots are car accidents. Where rear-end, head-on collisions and T-bone crashes are concerned, it’s possible to have one’s brain jolted violently enough to cause a bleed. Whether you’re head actually hits glass or something stationary or not, you can get a brain injury. Children, babies and the elderly are at particularly high risk for developing hematomas after car accidents. Falls and any type of blunt force trauma to the head can also cause hematomas.

Jackson Brain Injury Lawyer

The initial medical bills associated with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are just the tip of the iceberg. Expenses associated with rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy and potential lifelong care can be astronomical. If a loved one has suffered from a hematoma due to the negligent, distracted or dangerous behavior of another person or business, you need to get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a hematoma or blood clot in the brain in Jackson or in any of the nearby Metro Area communities, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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