Subdural Hemorrhage Lawyer - Toronto Malpractice
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Whilst most clinical procedures are carried out satisfactorily by healthcare professionals there are times when things go wrong. Serious damage, with life threatening consequences, can occur as a result of negligent actions, poor skills or delayed treatment for a subdural hemorrhage. Where this occurs due to medical malpractice our Toronto subdural hemorrhage lawyers can help you to obtain compensation for any damage that you or a loved one may have suffered. Our Toronto subdural hemorrhage lawyers charge no legal fees unless your claim is settled satisfactorily and you obtain a payment of damages. If you would like advice at no cost from a subdural hemorrhage lawyer without further obligation just contact our Toronto offices.
Subdural Hemorrhage Definition
When a person suffers a subdural hemorrhage, it is due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which occurs beneath the dura mater, the leather-like layer just under the skull.
Subdural: means underneath the dura mater
Hemorrhage: refers to bleeding
A subdural hemorrhage is, therefore, blood leaking into the area known as the meninges. The definition of a subdural hemorrhage, also known as a hematology, is essentially damage to, or tearing of, the blood vessels that feed the brain. This results in blood leaking into the cavity between the brain and the skull.
Subdural hemorrhages usually result from some form of trauma to the head, like a blow or a knock from a fall. It should be noted that there are often no external symptoms at first, as the effects can present between 48 hours and 2 years later.
A small subdural hemorrhage, while still a serious injury, causes less damage because the blood will often slowly re-absorb over a period of months. However, any hemorrhage can gradually grow larger over time, and the pressure on the brain can manifest as anything from a bad headache to coma and death if it remains untreated.
Subdural hemorrhages are not limited to any age group, as they can happen at any stage of life. But, whatever the age, immediate medical intervention can help decrease the likelihood of sustaining permanent brain damage.
Causes and Symptoms
The most common cause of a subdural hemorrhage is from a head injury, but it has, however, been known to be present at birth and among those with weak vascular systems.
Symptoms tend to vary as the condition worsens. It mostly starts with a persistent headache, followed by periods of confusion and drowsiness. Then, as the bleeding gets worse, paralysis or weakness on one side, along with a constant tiredness persist. Obvious symptoms that occur when the condition is becoming critical are enlarged or asymmetric pupils, seizures, unconsciousness and, finally, coma. Medical staff should always be notified about any history of head injury, because the symptoms could be misdiagnosed as a stroke.
In a baby, warning signs may involve increased head size, a bulging fontanelle (the soft spots on an infant's skull), vomiting, irritability, stupor and convulsions.
It is sometimes difficult to diagnose a chronic subdural hemorrhage as it is very similar some other medical conditions (such as stroke); however, there is one unmistakable sign: a slow lapse into unconsciousness.
It can be positively identified by an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or by a CT (computed tomography) scan.
Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of a subdural hemorrhage can give rise to a medical malpractice compensation claim.
Small hemorrhages often do not show any symptoms, so minimal medical attention is necessary as they will heal themselves over the course of a few weeks.
Non-surgical treatment involves the use of anti-inflammatory and diuretic drugs, which can bring brain swelling under control.
Symptomatic hemorrhages need to be surgically drained and this is accomplished by drawing off the liquid blood from holes drilled into the skull.
The larger, more life threatening hemorrhages may require the removal of the section of the skull directly above the haemorrhage to clear away the blood and tie off the leaking vein. After surgery, anticonvulsant drugs (such as phenytoin) are used to help control or to prevent convulsions.
Negligent Treatment of a subdural hemorrhage can give rise to a medical malpractice compensation claim.
If the patient is treated early enough, a full recovery is usually made. Headaches, memory loss, attention deficit, anxiety and light-headedness may persist for some time. Symptoms of subdural hemorrhage in adults will usually diminish within six months. Children mostly recuperate faster.
Because a subdural hemorrhage usually follows a head injury, only prevention of head injury can prevent a subdural hemorrhage.
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