Subdural Hematoma and Brain Bleeds in Patient Falls

Does a Subdural Hematoma Arise out of Nursing Home Abuse?

Subdural Hematoma is the medical term for blood on the brain. This is also referred to as a brain bleed. This kind of brain bleed is not a natural degeneration for the brain. A subdural hematoma brain bleed could be caused by trauma, like the patient falling or being dropped by staff.

These kinds of brain injuries are largely preventable through good care. Following a brain bleed, the nursing home or hospital has questions to answer, like how this type of brain injury occurred. Did your loved one suffer a fall? If so, where was the staff? Worse yet, were they dropped, or intentionally beaten? Subdural hematoma injuries warrant further investigation.

What to do After a Family Member Receives a Subdural Hematoma Diagnosis from a Nursing Home Trauma

On the spectrum of nursing home injuries, subdural hematoma is one of the worst. There is nothing OK with a traumatically induced brain injury. Especially when your loved one was under the care of a 24-hour skilled nursing home or healthcare facility.

Conduct a full investigation and seek justice for your loved one’s injury. To speak with one of our experienced and specialized nursing home subdural hematoma attorneys about your subdural hematoma fall case, contact us today at 1-888-375-9998. Our firm focus is on cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect. This is all we do and we are here to help during this challenging and confusing time.

How Does a Subdural Hematoma From a Fall Develop?

An interior image of the head showing where head injuries may occur.

Brain hemorrhaging from trauma, like a fall, occurs when the head hits something hard, like the nursing home floor.

It is important to remember that the brain is not cemented in the skull. Instead, the brain is free-floating in the liquid inside the skull. When a patient falls or is dropped and hits their head on the floor, the brain violently rocks back and forth in the skull. This creates a coup contrecoup injury, whereby the brain may be injured in the opposite lobe of the contact, as well as the area where the contact occurred.

This causes brain swelling and brain bleeding, even in areas of the brain that did not suffer the direct impact of the trauma. This is why an elderly nursing home resident could fall backwards, hit the back of their head, but suffer a subdural hematoma on the front portion of the brain.

When a Subdural Hematoma Occurs in a Nursing Home; You Need to Demand Answers

A traumatically induced brain bleed does not ‘just happen.’ Usually, the subdural hematoma develops from a patient fall or staff dropping the patient. Either way, the matter should be promptly investigated by the family and possibly state investigators. If you have any questions on how to report a subdural hematoma injury to the proper authorities, contact us today at 1-888-375-9998. Our knowledgeable nursing home subdural hematoma lawyers provide free case consultations and can help you report the matter to the appropriate state agency.

Types of Subdural Hematoma Injuries

The different types of subdural hematoma.

Acute Subdural Hematoma

Symptoms: Confusion, slurred speech, sleepiness. These have a rapid onset following a trauma.

Causes: Trauma to the head, such as a fall or being dropped.

Treatment: If caught early enough, an acute subdural hematoma may be surgically healed through an emergency evacuation of blood from the brain. If left untreated, an acute subdural hematoma can be lethal.

Subacute Subdural Hematoma

Symptoms: Gradual onset of confusion and inability to choose words. Speech slurring as well, although not as rapidly as an Acute Subdural. 

Causes: A subacute subdural hematoma can be caused by a nursing home fall.

Treatment: Same treatment as above. Surgery is an option; however, if the brain bleed is stable, brain surgery may not be advised.

Chronic Subdural Hematoma

Symptoms: Very gradual onset of confusion and general cognitive deterioration. Often confused with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Causes: A chronic subdural hematoma can be caused by trauma to the brain, or from a natural degenerative process.

Treatment: Surgery is always an option but if the bleed is not ongoing, your doctor may recommend you keep the status quo and live with the injury.

Subdural Hematoma Found on Death Certificate

Subdural Hematoma on Death Certificate

We are nursing home subdural hematoma attorneys and the majority of our caseload involves claims for wrongful death. Sadly, one of the more frequent causes of wrongful death listed on a death certificate is ‘Subdural hematoma’. Another way this is written on the death certificate is ‘Brain Bleed’. If you have your loved one’s death certificate, scan down to the bottom, and see if the certifying physician attributes the subdural brain bleed to a fall. It may also reference the word, ‘Accident’. See below for an example of a death certificate listing subdural hematoma from a fall as the cause of death.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Subdural Hematoma Brain Injury

Death certificate listing fall and subdural hematoma as cause of death

Subdural hematoma deaths are tragic and usually preventable. If you suspect a fall or drop caused your loved one to suffer a brain bleed, our nursing home brain bleed attorneys are here to help. With more than 50+ years of courtroom experience and hundreds of millions recovered for our clients, demand Senior Justice. Contact our nursing home abuse law firm now to speak with one of our skilled and compassionate nursing home subdural hematoma attorneys to learn how we can assist you in your journey to justice.

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Brain Bleed Wrongful Death Attorneys

Let Senior Justice Law Firm Help With Your Case

Unsure where to begin with your subdural hematoma fall lawsuit? We get it. Our trusted nursing home brain bleed lawyers can help you investigate the case by completing the following steps:

  1. We will obtain your loved one’s medical records, brain scans, and death certificate.
  2. We will have those records reviewed by a qualified expert.
  3. If our expert gives us the green light and believes that your family member’s brain bleed was caused by negligence, we will begin your claim by putting the at-fault party on notice.
  4. If the case does not settle, we will put the matter into litigation.

Subdural hematoma from fall in nursing homeRest easy. If at any point we choose not to pursue your case, you owe us nothing. We pay for all up-front costs and you do not have to pay us anything in fees unless we make a recovery for you on your case. If we do reach a settlement on your brain bleed nursing home fall case, our attorney fee will either be 33 1/3% or 40% of the total recovery.

Free Subdural Hematoma Lawsuit Consultation

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