If you have been in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you might not know that the trauma of a car crash can lead to a blood clot. A blood clot can be a serious injury that requires ongoing medical care. There are several different kinds of clotting injuries that could be caused in a crash. Here are some examples:
There are three different kinds of brain hematomas that could result from being hit by a drunk driver or a car crash in general. The first kind of brain hematoma is a subdural hematoma, which happens when a blood vessel ruptures between the brain and the dura, which are the brain’s outer membranes. This can lead to a fatal amount of pressure on your brain from the clotting blood.
The second brain hematoma is an epidural hematoma, which occurs because of bleeding outside the blood vessel between the skull and the dura. This can cause a mass that will put pressure on the brain. If the vessel involved is an artery, it can lead to death.
The last kind of brain hematoma is an intracerebral hematoma, which is occurs when the blood clots in the tissues of the brain. This can cause the axons, which is the white matter of the brain, shearing and disrupting messages from the brain to other body parts. This can cause serious brain damage.
Leg Injuries Can Lead to Blood Clots
Any time you suffer a leg injury that leads to damage of a blood vessel, it can cause blood that is nearby to thicken and clump or clot. While there are some clots just near the surface of the skin, called superficial thrombophlebitis, which usually doesn’t cause serious problems, there are some more serious blood clots that can result.
When your leg suffers major trauma from a car crash, a blood clot might form farther in your leg. This is also known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be dangerous if the clot breaks loose and travels into the lungs, which will cause a pulmonary embolism. One of 13 DVTs are believed to result from muscle tears or ankle sprains, but the chances of a clot increase significantly with broken bones, bad bumps, severe muscle injuries, or bad bruises.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
The trauma suffered in a car accident, including those in which you are hit by a drunk driver, can lead to a blood clot. If you have suffered a blood clot after having been hit by a drunk driver, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer who practices in your state.
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