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Can a fractured skull cause brain damage?

You may not think that a fractured skull is an extremely serious injury, and in most cases, linear fractures heal themselves without any medical treatment. However, if you have suffered a more serious fracture and you’re wondering, “Can a fractured skull cause brain damage?” the answer is yes. There are a number of different types of skull fractures that can be suffered by adults or children, and if somebody else caused the accident which led to your injury, Accident Advice Helpline is here to make sure that you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Did your fractured skull cause brain damage?

If you’re still wondering, “How can a fractured skull cause brain damage?” we are about to explain further. A basal skull fracture, which is rare and affects only 4% of head injury patients, is a fracture to the base of the skull. This type of injury can cause tears to the membrane surrounding the brain and lead to brain damage. You could also suffer brain damage if you sustain a depressed skull fracture, where part of the skull is crushed inwards towards the brain, or a compound fracture where the skin breaks and infection is possible.

It’s vital to seek emergency medical attention for any head injury or suspected skull fracture, as the injuries could be much more serious than those which you can see. Prompt medical attention and treatment could save a life, and your prognosis may be much better if you get the treatment you need quickly – you may even avoid brain damage or a brain injury. Whether you were injured in a road traffic accident caused by a dangerous driver or the victim of an industrial accident at work, we can help you make a no win no fee claim after your accident.

Who pays your compensation?

The person or persons responsible for your injuries will normally pay your compensation – in many cases this may be an insurer. For example, if you’re injured at work and your employer is at fault, their liability insurance will usually pay out. If you sustain a fractured skull in a road traffic accident, the other driver’s insurance will usually pay your compensation. Rather than worrying about what will happen next, why not get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a claim? There’s a three-year time limit in place for all claims, so call us today on 0800 689 5659.