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Subdural haematoma injury claims

What is a Subdural Haematoma?

A subdural haematoma is a brain injury which can be fatal. A clot filled with blood forms between the skull and the brain. This places pressure on the brain, resulting in the sufferer experiencing a number of symptoms. These can include confusion or vomiting, or even brain damage. It is possible for the condition to cause the sufferer to fall into a coma.

Generally speaking there are two types of subdural haematomas. The first is called an immediate subdural haematoma, which normally occurs as a result of an injury. This type is acute. The second type is called a chronic subdural haematoma. This type of haematoma develops over a period of time, normally a couple of weeks. Acute subdural haematomas are often more severe, as they form as a result of a serious impact. Chronic subdural haematomas are often found in older people. This is because as we age, our brain becomes weaker and frailer, making it more susceptible to harm. Subdural haematomas can also occur as a result of another medical condition which causes your blood to clot, seizures, or through alcohol misuse.

In order to determine whether you have a subdural haematoma an MRI or CT scan will be necessary. Treatment will depend on the growth and size of it. Some can heal by themselves, but others will require an operation. For the latter, the pressure will need to be released from the brain. This involves drilling a hole in the skull.

Can a Claim be Made?

As a subdural haematoma is a serious condition, which can be fatal, the compensation one can receive for it can be great. This will include treatment and care and medical expenses.

Claims can be made irrespective of how the subdural haematoma developed, providing it was as a result of someone else’s negligence/breach of duty. This means that those caused following a road traffic accident which was someone else’s fault, those caused by misdiagnosis, those caused by negligent medical treatment and those caused by general accidents which were someone else’s fault will all be eligible injuries for a claim to be pursued.

Pursuing a Claim

When this condition is diagnosed, one of the last considerations on the sufferer or their family’s mind is pursuing a claim for compensation. However, it is important to recognise that the sooner you get compensation, the easier it will be to pay for treatments and the right level of care for the sufferer. Furthermore, these types of compensation claims have a limitation period of 3 years. This means that you have to begin your claim within 3 years from the date of the incident/the condition was diagnosed. The sooner you pursue a claim the better. Claims are also susceptible to delay, and so the earlier you begin your claim, the better placed you are to deal with obstacles that may arise throughout the duration of the claim.

We may be able to take on your claim on a no win no fee basis. This means should your case be unsuccessful, you will not need to pay our legal fees. If you are successful, you will not need to pay our costs as they are secured from the other party. It does not matter if this party does not have the means to pay the fees, as normally insurance is in place to cover these costs.

Contact us today for a free assessment of your claim.