Skull Fractures — Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing a Legal Claim

What Is A Skull Fracture?

skull fractureSkull fractures occurs when one of the eight bones that makeup the cranial portion of the skull breaks. The size and severity of the fracture largely depends on the force of the blow, the location of the impact on the skull, and the shape of the object impacting the skull. In some cases, the force of the blow may be so great that the brain can also be injured.

What Causes A Skull Fracture?

The bone around the brain or the skull usually breaks when strong force is applied. Being hit with an object, falling and hitting the ground, or a car crash can all lead to a skull fracture.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Skull Fracture?

The most visible symptom of a skull fracture is a bump or bruise on the head. Keep in mind however, that it may take up to 24 hours for the bump or bruise to develop. Sometimes bleeding from the wound, ears, nose and around the eyes occurs or bruising behind the ears or under the eyes. Victims can suffer from confusion, convulsions, difficulties with balance, drowsiness, headache, loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, restlessness, irritability, slurred speech, stiff neck, swelling, and visual disturbances.

How Is A Skull Fracture Diagnosed?

CT scans, X-rays and MRIs are the most important tools to help doctors diagnose and treat skull fractures. In addition to capturing the image of the skull, CT Scan and MRI  imaging studies can penetrate soft tissue and potentially reveal any injuries to the brain.

How Is A Skull Fracture Treated?

Pressure on the brain or cerebrospinal fluid leakage are two of the most severe complications of a skull fracture and require immediate emergency medical treatment. The brain floats inside the skull in liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. If the brain swells, the skull limits the ability of the brain to expand. Because expansion is an automatic consequence of swelling, as the brain swells it pushes out the cerebrospinal fluid through any available space. The fluid leaks and escapes through the eyes, ears and nose. To stop the leakage and control the brain pressure, a spinal tap or surgery, may be necessary.

Compensation For A Skull Fracture

If you have experienced a skull fracture after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your head. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

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