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Subdural hematomas after a motorcycle accident can lead to death

When you fall off of a motorcycle after being struck by a car, there is a pretty good chance that you are going to hit your head on the ground or on your motorcycle. A bump on the head, even if you have on a helmet and even if the bump is seemingly minor, can lead to a brain injury known as a subdural hematoma.

A subdural hematoma occurs when the blood vessels above the brain are torn or damaged. When that occurs, blood can pool between the brain and the skull. If the bleeding is severe enough, which is more likely after a serious head injury, the condition can cause death.

There are two types of subdural hematomas — chronic and acute. A chronic subdural hematoma is one that occurs very slowly. In fact, the symptoms might not be present for days to weeks.

An acute subdural hematoma is one that occurs suddenly. These can quickly lead to death. An acute subdural hematoma is one that requires you to seek emergency medical care so the pressure on the brain can be relieved quickly.

If you bumped your head in the accident, you should be on the lookout for symptoms that might signal a subdural hematoma. These include seizures, numbness, vomiting, headache, confusion, difficulty speaking, trouble thinking, loss of consciousness and weakness.

Surgery is often required for a subdural hematoma. Even when surgery isn't required, the cost of care can be considerable. That, as well as other damages, might lead you to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered in the motorcycle accident.

Source: MedlinePlus, "Subdural hematoma," accessed Jan. 14, 2016

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