Brain injuries are serious and are caused by blunt force trauma to the head. Sometimes that trauma can cause the skull to fracture, causing damage to membranes, blood vessels, and the brain. Often in the workplace, workers receive brain injuries after falling or being struck by a heavy object. Mine workers, offshore workers, and construction workers are a few examples of workers who may have a higher likelihood of receiving a skull fracture.
There are four different types of skull fractures, these include the following:
- Linear Fractures: These fractures spread through the entire thickness of the skull, from the outer to inner table. They are usually straight, hence the name. Although all skull fractures are serious, linear fractures are usually not as injurious and are only a cause for serious concern if the fracture comes close to a vascular channel or a suture (joint) in the skull. If this is the case, you may face complications such as a buildup of blood called an epidural hematoma, a type of stroke called venous sinus thrombosis, or an abnormal separation called diastasis.
- Depressed Fractures: In these types of fractures, the blunt force trauma to the head caused some of the skull bone to be displaced inward. They carry with them a higher risk of pressure on the brain which could crush tissue and blood vessels. The internal cranial cavity is protected from the outside environment by the skull. If the skull is fractured by a depressed fracture, it comes into contact with the outside environment and can become infected. These fractures often require surgery to repair it.
- Diastatic Fractures: This type of fracture is common in infants because sutures in the head are not yet fused, but it is still possible that adults can be affected by it. They are usually caused when the fracture line goes across at least one suture of the skull. These fractures can occur alongside other fractures.
- Basilar Fractures: These types of fractures occur at the base of the skull and take more force to inflict. The signs to watch for in the case of basilar fractures are fluid leaking from nose or ears and eye bruising. These fractures may tear the pituitary gland and with that comes the risk of diabetes, impotence, or reduced libido.
Protecting Victims of Skull Fracture
If you have suffered a skull fracture in a work accident or due to other wrongful circumstances, seeking the help of a personal injury lawyer could help you get the compensation you deserve after becoming the victim of a brain or head injury. Whether you were injured moderately or severely, skull fractures require medical attention and often surgeries and rehabilitation to restore a person back to health. Sometimes though, the damage is permanent.
Look to Arnold & Itkin when seeking to file a claim after a skull fracture. They can provide you with aggressive representation and the legal know-how you need. Brain injuries often result from skull fractures, and serious legal action should be taken to insure that your damage doesn't go unaccounted for. Our attorneys are familiar with these types of injuries and know how to fight.