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Types of skull fractures that could be caused by a crash

All New Jersey drivers and vehicle occupants are at risk for becoming involved in a car accident every time they pull out of the driveway or parking spot. Even in car accidents that do not appear serious, there is a chance that an occupant could suffer a skull fracture. Because the skull protects the brain, some skull fractures could be accompanied with a brain injury.

There are a number of different types of skull fractures that someone can suffer in a car accident. For example, a simple or closed fracture occurs when a bone breaks but the skin is not cut or broken. An open fracture, or compound fracture, occurs when broken bone emerges from a wound on the skin. A depressed skull fracture means that the broken bone was pushed into the brain, meaning the brain may have also suffered an injury. Finally, a basal fracture is a break that occurs near where the skull and spine meet.

There are certain symptoms that a person who suffered a skull fracture may exhibit. Less severe symptoms could include a stiff neck, confusion, balancing issues and vomiting. If the injury was more severe, a person may exhibit bleeding around the wound or from the eyes, nose and ears. Additionally, they may exhibit serious bruising around the eyes or at the site of the injury.

Anyone who became involved in a car accident and suffered an injury as a result should seek medical attention. If they suffered a skull fracture in the crash, they may be eligible to seek compensation for the cost of any treatments they may need by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable driver. They may also be eligible to recover the cost of any lost income if they could not work due to their injury.

Source: Healthline, "Skull Fractures", Mary Ellen Ellis, December 20, 2014

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