Brain Hematomas

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The brain is tightly packed in the skull so that it cannot slide around and bruise itself against the hard wall of the skull. While this is helpful to prevent brain bruising caused by small movements, it also means that there is not much room in the skull should brain swelling occur. In fact, any extra pressure can cause serious damage.

Hematomas occur when blood vessels are so damaged that they leak blood into the surrounding tissue. Although this is basically the same thing as a bruise, doctors typically reserve the term “hematoma” for bleeding that is caused by major trauma or surgery.

When the brain suffers a trauma, it can result in a hematoma. This can put unsafe pressure on the brain tissue that can disrupt your ability to move, think, and process sensory information.

Hematoma Locations

Hematomas are usually classified based on the location of the bleed. Common hematoma locations include:

  • Epidural – between the skull and the tough membrane surrounding the brain, the dura
  • Subdural – bleeding between the skull and dura
  • Subarachnoid – between the arachnoid membrane and the brain

Causes of Hematomas

Brain hematomas are most often caused by head injuries, such as those caused by:

  • Car accidents
  • Playing high-impact sports
  • Falls


This bleeding can put dangerous pressure on the brain. If left untreated, the pressure can cause tissue to die. If this has happened to you as a result of another party’s negligence, you should consult a lawyer today. For more information, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.