As resilient as humans can be, a head injury is cause for serious concern. The human brain is surrounded by fluid and a hard skull for protection. When the head is subject to force or trauma, the brain can ricochet off the sides of the skull. This can cause memory loss, behavioral changes, loss of consciousness and other unpleasant effects.
Skull fractures are even more serious. They can happen for a variety of reasons, including slips, trips and falls, car and boat accidents, unsafe recreational equipment and more. Depending on the type of fracture, the patient may need to stay in the hospital under observation and have surgery.
If you or a loved one suffered a skull fracture due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny right away.
Types of skull fractures
A skull fracture occurs when the skull bone breaks. There are four main types of skull fractures:
- Linear: This common type of fracture is usually the mildest. The bone may be cracked or broken, but it doesn’t move the bone. This typically requires brief hospitalization and a few days of recovery.
- Depressed: These fractures may occur alongside cuts to the scalp. The skull is sunken in from the trauma, and may require surgical intervention.
- Diastatic: Our skulls have “suture lines,” where the bones fused together during childhood. This type of fracture widens those suture lines, and are most commonly seen in newborns and infants.
- Basilar: This fracture is a break at the base of the skull. Because they are the most serious type of skull fracture, patients usually must undergo hospitalization and careful observation.
Treatment of skull fractures may vary, depending on the exact injury, the patient’s age and their medical history. While certain fractures resolve on their own, depressed and basilar skull fractures may require surgery and hospitalization.
If you or a loved one suffer a head injury, seek medical attention immediately. The consequences of head injuries can be dire; it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Working with our firm is the first step in recovering compensation for your injuries. Whenever hospitalization and surgery are involved, medical bills can skyrocket. We’ll fight to ensure that responsible parties are held accountable. Once your medical condition is stable, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. We’ll review your case, explain your legal options and handle your claim, so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
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