Overview of skull fractures

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Dec 29, 2014 in Car Accident News

A skull fracture is a type of injury that occurs when the cranial bone, which is also referred to as the skull, sustains some type of break. Although there are many different types of skull fractures, skull fractures are always caused by a strong blow or impact to the head. If you or someone you love has suffered a skull fracture because of another's negligence, contact our experienced brain injury attorneys in Las Vegas for qualifed legal representation of your claim. 

It is not always easy to identify a skull fracture right after a car accident. Some signs of skull fracture that can be seen in accident victims include facial bruising, blood coming from the ears or nose and tenderness and swelling near the area of impact. In some cases, a brain injury may accompany a skull fracture. Depending on the severity of the skull fracture, an individual may only require pain medication, or the victim may have to undergo surgery. How serious a skull fracture is will depend on where a person's skull was struck and how strong the impact was. The shape of the object that hit the skull will also make a difference in what type of skull fracture a victim has. For instance, a pointy object may be more likely to penetrate the skull, resulting in an open fracture or a depressed fracture.

A person who has suffered from a skull fracture in a car accident may be able to claim some compensation for the injury from the responsible party. Many victims decide to seek help from an experienced personal injury attorney in Las Vegas during this process to ensure that their claim is supported. In addition to establishing the negligence of the driver at fault, an attorney may help in the determination of the amount of damages to be awarded by presenting evidence about the extent of the victim's injuries.

Source: Healthline, "Skull Fractures", Mary Ellen Ellis, December 20, 2014