Epidural hematoma is bleeding that occurs between the skull and the membrane
surrounding the brain (dura matter). The blood pools up and, if it becomes
severe enough, can lead to a number of different conditions such as permanent
brain injury, paraplegia, and subfalcine herniation. In some cases, epidural hematoma
is caused by
medical negligence. In other cases, epidural hematoma damage results from a doctor's
failure to diagnose and treat the condition.
If you or someone you love suffered an epidural hematoma that resulted
in serious injury, debilitating injury, or death,
contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Paulson Coletti.
Cranial Bleeding Caused by Medical Malpractice
The majority of epidural hematoma cases are caused by head trauma. Blunt
force to the head, particularly force that is strong enough to fracture
the skull, can damage the blood vessels and lead to hematoma. Blood thinners
or anti-coagulants can also put patients at an increased risk of hematoma.
Anti-coagulants, such as "Heparin," are administered to thin
the blood to prevent or treat blood clots. Malpractice-related epidural
hematoma could be the result of a mistake during cranial/brain surgery
or the result of an improper anti-coagulant dosage.
Failure to Diagnose Epidural Hematoma
If epidural hematoma is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it could lead
to serious or permanent injury such as increased blood pressure, shortness
of breath, brain damage, or death. People who experience epidural hematoma
might display one or a combination of multiple symptoms, such as:
- Going in and out of consciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
As soon as a patient displays these symptoms, they should be tested for
epidural hematoma. Diagnosing epidural hematoma might involve a CT scan
or MRI scan. Immediate treatment should follow – often surgery is
necessary to remove blood and relieve pressure from the brain as well
as to stop the bleeding.
Contacting a Portland Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice cases are complex and should be evaluated by an experienced
attorney. Due to the complex nature of these claims, no two cases are
exactly alike. If you or someone you love experienced epidural hematoma
leading to debilitating injury or death, we invite you to contact the
attorneys at Paulson Coletti for a free evaluation of your case.
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