A skull fracture has the potential to be a life-threatening injury, and although many skull fractures heal by themselves (the process can take months), other, more serious fractures may require surgery and months of recovery. It might be that you’ve been injured in an accident at work which has fractured your skull, or maybe you’ve sustained serious head injuries in a car crash caused by a dangerous driver. Whatever has happened, if somebody else is at fault you could claim fractured skull compensation. Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of customers to successfully claim fractured skull compensation and we come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen, for our friendly, professional service.
Types of skull fracture
After suffering a suspected skull fracture, you’ll need to undergo a CT scan to determine the type of fracture you have sustained:
- Simple (closed) fracture – the skin isn’t broken and there is no tissue damage
- Compound (open) fracture – the skin is broken and there may be damage to tissue
- Linear fracture – a break which looks like a straight line
- Depressed fracture – where part of the skull has been crushed inwards
- Basal fracture – a fracture at the base of the skull
Some fractures are more serious than others – for example a depressed fracture could cause pieces of bone to press against your brain, requiring immediate surgery. Open fractures could put you at risk of a bacterial infection and antibiotics may be needed. After surgery, you may need to spend time in an ICU to make a full recovery, and the road back to full health can be a long one. Taking so much time off work means you might struggle to cover household bills and your family’s expenses, which is why making a personal injury claim is a good idea.
How did your accident happen?
Falls from height, objects falling from height or accidents involving machinery are the most common causes of skull fractures. Heavy objects falling from height in a factory or warehouse could lead to serious head injuries, whilst crush injuries sustained after agricultural machinery, such as a tractor, overturns, could cause a fractured skull. If your employer hasn’t taken steps to keep you safe at work, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice and to find out if you have a viable claim – or take the 30-second test on our website right now to see how much compensation you could be entitled to receive.
Date Published: September 25, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton