A fractured skull is a serious injury that has the potential to cause brain damage, too. For a baby with a fractured skull, early treatment is vital to ensure the best possible outcome. Babies have more vulnerable skulls than adults, and during the first year of their life, they have two ‘soft spots’ on their head. These are called fontanelle, and as the baby grows, these will disappear. Before this happens, the various parts of their skull will not be properly joined together, thus making a skull fracture potentially more serious.
If your baby suffers a head injury, you should always seek emergency medical advice. It may have occurred in a car accident, or if something was dropped on the baby’s head. These instances are both rare, as is the case whereby a baby is dropped.
Treating a baby with a fractured skull
Treatment will involve carrying out some tests to determine whether there is a fracture, and if so, how serious it is. The baby will then be monitored to see how they fare following the accident. In some instances, the baby will recover well with no lasting ill-effects. In other cases, the baby may be left disabled because of the incident they were involved in.
This is a harrowing time for the parents. Adequate support should be given and sought to help them get through the experience, and to support their baby, too.
Finding out more about claim possibilities
In some cases, someone else might potentially be responsible for causing an accident resulting in a baby with a fractured skull. If you suspect negligence on the part of a third party, you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Normally, you’d claim within three years of the incident, but since you are claiming on behalf of your child, the three years begins from their 18th birthday. However, it makes sense to begin the claim as quickly as you can.
Let Accident Advice Helpline assist you in seeing if this is a possibility. Call us on 0800 689 0500 for no-obligation advice now; alternatively, you can get through via your mobile on 0333 500 0993 too. When you have our support, you’ll find the process easier to go through, and you’ll understand more about what to expect when considering a claim like this. Do the best for your child today.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Head injury claim