Skull fractures result from blunt force trauma to the head, usually caused by accidents or violent acts. While some can involve damage to the bone only, others can be so traumatic as to involve damage to the underlying membranes and brain. If damage to the brain is involved, this can also cause further problems depending on the portion of the brain affected. A skull fracture is always a serious injury and trauma to the head that causes a fracture also necessarily always involves a concussion.
Types of skull fracture
There are as many as eight different types of skull fracture: linear fractures, diastatic fractures, depressed fractures, basilar fractures, growing fractures, cranial burst fractures, compound fractures, and elevated compound fractures. The type of fracture depends on whether or not the bone has merely fractured or shattered, and whether or not underlying tissue is involved and to what degree.
Research has shown that even patients with simple fractures and no obvious underlying tissue damage can have long-term cognitive impairments, emotional lability, and neuropsychological dysfunction. For this reason, even the simplest of skull fractures can cause life-long problems for accident victims.
How to make a claim for compensation for a fractured skull
If you have received a fractured skull in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. The law states that people who have been injured as a result of other people’s negligence should receive compensation both for their trauma and suffering and for any future financial losses they may face as a result of their injury. If you have been injured at work, it may well be due to a lack of training or proper supervision, which is considered employer negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline
To find out more about personal injury compensation and to discuss your situation in detail with a trained advisor, call the experts at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation. We work entirely on a no win, no fee* basis and are proud to have the endorsement of TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who firmly believes that no one should have to deal with the financial fallout of an injury that wasn’t their fault. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but for a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, consult our 30-second test.