Subdural Hematoma Following a Nursing Home Fall

Falls where patients hit their head can cause a ‘bleeding brain’

A subdural hematoma is the medical term for blood on the brain (a brain bleed). A subdural hematoma is one of the most serious complications following a nursing home patient fall. A subdural hematoma brain bleed could be caused by trauma, like the patient falling or being dropped by staff. Because blood on the brain is a potentially lethal complication, a thorough investigation should be performed to determine why the nursing home resident suffered the brain bleed.

Subdural Hematoma Bleeds from Patient Falls

Subdural Hematoma from Nursing Home Fall

Falls in nursing homes and hospitals can lead to head injuries, like brain bleeds or subdural hematoma hemorrhages.

An investigation into why the patient suffered the brain bleed should be your first step. Traumatically induced brain bleeds are highly suspicious of patient falls or patients being dropped by nursing home staff. A traumatically induced brain bleed does not ‘just happen.’ In order to being your investigation, you must know which agency to report the injury to. Once you have the proper contact info for your area, the elder abuse agency will conduct a thorough investigation for free. As the patient’s family member, you will be entitled to learn the results of this brain bleed investigation. From there, you can contact an elder abuse attorney to learn more about your options in pursuing a brain bleed injury claim.

Types of Subdural Hematoma Injuries

Subdural hematoma brain bleed due to nursing home negligence

Acute Subdural Hematoma


An acute subdural bleed on the brain is the most dangerous. Symptoms appear rapidly, like confusion, loss of consciousness or the slurring of words. This type of brain bleed is almost always caused by trauma, like a patient fall. An emergency blood evacuation surgery may be required to remove the blood from the brain and save the victim’s life.

Subacute Subdural Hematoma


This is a slower brain bleed that may start and not immediately manifest into symptoms. A subacute subdural may also form due to a trauma or fall, but the bleed may be slow. Therefore, the injury may not appear until days or weeks after the original injury.

Chronic Subdural Hematoma


A chronic brain bleed is usually due to an old injury, which may have been weeks or months ago.

Subdural Hematoma Found on Death Certificate

Wrongful death as a result of a brain bleed from a fall occurs more than nursing homes would like to admit. You may see ‘brain bleed‘ or ‘subdural hematoma’ on the death certificate as one of the causes of death. You also may be informed by a doctor that the patient wrongfully died from the blood on the brain. You may just suspect that the patient’s brain bleed played a part in their death. Regardless of what prompts you to suspect neglect, a wrongful death brain bleed claim can be pursued by the family of the decedent.


Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Subdural Hematoma Brain Injury

Death certificate listing fall and subdural hematoma as cause of death

If your loved one developed a subdural intracranial hematoma while under the care of a nursing home, assisted living or hospital, they more than likely hit their head. The most common form of injury inside these long-term care facilities are falls, and nursing homes are required by law to stop preventable falls. A subdural hematoma injury inside a nursing home may indicate nursing home abuse. Do not let the neglect go unpunished. Contact our nursing home abuse law firm now for your free subdural hematoma injury case evaluation.

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