Severe trauma to the head can result in a skull fracture. Skull fractures are usually caused by serious motor vehicle accidents. This type of injury happens when the bone of the skull cracks or breaks, leaving the brain vulnerable to serious injury.
If you or a loved one suffered a skull fracture in an accident that was caused by the actions or negligence of another, we at the Citrin Law Firm believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your injuries. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover financial damages from medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses incurred from the accident.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our skull fracture attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.
Types and Symptoms of Skull Fractures
Treatment of a skull fracture depends on the type of injury that has occurred. There are several different types of skull fractures that auto accident victims can suffer from, including the following:
- Simple Skull Fractures – This type of injury happens when the bone breaks but there is no damage to the skin.
- Linear Skull Fractures – This type of injury is when there is a break in a cranial bone that resembles a thin line. There is no splintering, depression or distortion of the bone.
- Depressed Skull Fractures – This type of injury happens when there is a break in a cranial bone (or “crushed” portion of the skull) with depression of the bone in toward the brain.
- Penetrating Skull Fractures – This injury occurs when something pierces the skull, like a bullet, leaving a distinct and localized injury to the brain tissue.
- Compound Skull Fractures – A compound fracture involve s a break in or the loss of skin and the splintering of the bone.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head trauma in an auto accident, we urge you to seek medical attention right away. Head injuries are often very serious and debilitating, so it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, it is possible that you suffered some type of skull fracture in the collision:
- Bleeding from the wound, ears, nose or around the eyes
- Bump or bruising on the head, which can take up to 24 hours to develop
- Difficulties with balance
- Slurred speech
- Bruising behind the ears or under the eyes
- Changes in pupils, such as unequal sizes and non-response to light
- Loss of consciousness
- Restlessness and irritability
- Stiff neck
- Visual disturbances
Injuries Resulting from a Skull Fracture
A skull fracture increases the risk of brain damages and other complications, including fatality. Serious injuries resulting from a skull fracture can include infection, contusion and hematoma.
Particularly when the injury occurs at the back and base of the skull, fractures can tear the meninges, or the layers of tissue that cover the brain. Bacteria can enter the skull through such fractures, resulting in infection and severe brain damage.
Bruising of brain tissue, called a contusion, can be caused by skull fractures. A contusion is a distinct area of swollen brain tissue mixed with blood release from broken blood vessels.
When a skull fracture causes damage to a major blood vessel in the head, heavy bleeding into or around the brain, called a hematoma, can result. There are three types of hematomas that can cause brain damage: epidural hematomas (bleeding into the area between the skull and the dura), subdural hematomas (bleeding in the area between the dura and the arachnoid membrane), and intracerebral hematomas (bleeding within the brain itself).
Contact an Experienced Skull Fracture Lawyer Today
It is not uncommon for head trauma victims to not realize how seriously they were injured or the full extent of their emotional and financial losses until it is too late. We urge you to contact an attorney to begin the legal process as soon as possible if you have suffered a skull fracture due to no fault of your own.
A car accident can bring unwanted chaos into your life. Instead of worrying about you will be able to afford expenses incurred from the crash, you should be focused on recuperating from your injuries. Let our attorneys fight to secure your financial stability during this difficult time by holding the responsible parties accountable for your condition.
At the Citrin Law Firm, our skull fracture attorneys have the skills and resources necessary to successfully litigate your injury claim.
With an office in Mobile, we are available to fight for the rights of injured Alabama residents.
We believe that when someone has been injured through the actions of another, whether through negligence or malicious intent, they deserve access to legal counsel, regardless of their financial status. To ensure this, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim.
If you are unsure if you have reason to file an Alabama skull fracture claim, do not hesitate to contact our firm to schedule a free, initial case evaluation. During an evaluation, one of our lawyers will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your injuries.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Mobile skull fracture victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.