The skull helps protect the brain from injury. A skull fracture is a break in the cranial (skull) bone. It is often accompanied by a head injury, and depending on the severity of the injury, brain damage is possible. The brain can be injured by swelling (edema), bleeding (hemorrhage), and blood clots (subdural hematoma), all of which create pressure on the brain tissue.
There are several different types of fractures:
- Simple – break in bone, no damage to skin
- Linear – break that forms in a thin line (most common)
- Depressed – depression of bone toward brain
- Compound – bone splinters and breaks skin
A skull fracture is a serious injury requiring emergency medical treatment, especially because of the possibility for brain injury. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the skull fracture. Minor fractures often require no treatment and will heal on their own; while serious skull fractures may require surgery especially if the skull is depressed or the skin cut. Criteria surgery includes depressed area is larger (≥ 8-10 mm), CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) leakage, scalp cut, and brain function problems. Doctors usually perform CT scans to diagnose skull fractures, which will show if there is any bleeding or swelling on the brain.Prognosis for people who have skull injuries
Prognosis for recovery depends on the severity of the injury and whether the brain was injured causing neurologic damage. It is important that any head injury be monitored to ensure that no swelling (edema) or bleeding (hematoma) on the brain occurs, which can cause delayed brain injury. However, many skull fractures have no neurologic effects.Injury lawyers for serious head injury cases including skull / cranium fractures
If your loved one has sustained a serious head injury or fracture to the skull in an Illinois car accident, motorcycle collision, you obviously are concerned about their immediate well being and future care needs. Out team of attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understands the significance of these cases for both the individual as well as their families. We have experience representing people with complex injuries and are committed to securing the maximum possible recovery for them.
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