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Should I Call an Injury Lawyer if I have a Skull Fracture?

The skull surrounds and protects the brain, and if the skull becomes fractured, serious permanent and even life-threatening complications can result. If you suffered a skull fracture, or somebody close to you suffered such an injury, contact a head and brain injury lawye as soon as possible.

Contact Maison Law today and we’ll arrange for a consultation and case evaluation at no cost whatsoever.

Composition of the Skull

Including the jawbone, the skull consists of 22 bones. Eight of them protect the skull. The jawbone is the only part of the skull the moves. Other bones were fused together at a very early age.

Just about any type of an impact can fracture a person’s skull. Here are some common causes of skull fractures:

  • Auto, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
  • Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls.
  • Falls from heights.
  • Being hit on the head with an object.

Types of Skull Fractures

As per Johns Hopkins Medicine, there are four different types of skull fractures. Those follow ranging from the least severe to the most severe:

  • Linear Fracture: These types of skull fractures are also the most common. Bone is not shifted out of position from the impact.
  • Diastatic Skull Fracture: These are almost always seen in newborns and infants. The fracture occurs at the junction between different bones of the skull.
  • Depressed Fractures: With a depressed fracture, part of the skull is crushed, and the bone is depressed toward the brain. Depressed fractures are the result of a high velocity direct blow to a small area of the bone. Most depressed fractures require surgery.
  • Basilar Fracture: These involve a fracture at the base of the skull. It might not be seen on an x-ray or CT scan images. These are often diagnosed by bruising around the eyes or behind an ear. As a result of a tear in part of the covering of the brain, cerebrospinal fluid might also leak from the nose and ears.

Signs and Symptoms of a Skull Fracture

Aside from those symptoms mentioned above, Britain’s National Health Service details a wide-ranging variety of skull fracture symptoms. Those might include but not be limited to the following:

  • A lump or dent on the head.
  • Headache with bruising or swelling.
  • Dizziness, confusion or disorientation.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Loss of consciousness.

Treatment and Management of Skull Fractures

Most skull fractures don’t involve surgery. The fracture is managed at home by following a doctor’s instructions. If close attention should be paid to a victim for 24 hours, the doctor will either admit the patient to a hospital or advise a spouse or family member of what to look for in the context of complications.

Skull Fracture Complications

It’s not the skull fracture that victims and their families should be preoccupied with. It’s the proximity of the skull to the brain and a brain injury that they must be concerned with. Most skull fractures heal without complications, but others result in brain infection, brain bruising, bleeding or even bone penetrating the brain. The consequences can be permanent and debilitating and cause physical and behavioral disabilities. Some brain injury victims are wholly dependent on help from others for the rest of their lives. The costs of such are enormous.

Contact a California Skull Fracture Lawyer.

Contact Maison Law as soon as you possibly can about a skull fracture injury that occurred anywhere in California. You’ll be connected with a skilled and experienced head injury lawyer who will listen to you closely, answer your questions honestly and advise you of all of your rights and legal options. You have right to seek compensation for your skull fracture injury, including any complications or permanent damage from it. Upon being retained to represent you in your skull fracture claim or lawsuit, our intention is to maximize any settlement or award that we might obtain on your behalf.

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