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Facts about skull fractures

Negligent drivers make Montana roads and highways more dangerous. Distracted driving can lead to serious accidents that subsequently cause traumatic injuries. In addition to common injuries such as broken bones and strained muscles, skull fractures can result after a substantial blow to the head in a vehicle accident.

Skull fractures are one of the most severe types of injuries that can occur after one has suffered a car wreck. A fracture of the skull is any break, split or crack that occurs in the skull when it is struck by a traumatic force. In a motor vehicle accident, a skull fracture might occur when a passenger in a vehicle that has been struck from behind is propelled forward and collides with the windshield or dashboard. Skull fractures are especially dangerous because of the risk of brain damage.

A skull fracture can occur beneath the skin in a simple fracture or protrude through the skin in a compound fracture. Bruising, swelling or bleeding from the ears may be an indication that a skull fracture has occurred beneath the surface of the skin. Typical symptoms of a skull fracture can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty walking or confusion. Skull fractures require immediate medical treatment and may need a great deal of time to heal.

Diagnosing a skull fracture may involve a simple examination by a doctor. In some cases, an X-ray or MRI may be used to determine the exact location of the fracture.

Accident-related injuries can create steep financial burdens for those affected by the accident. When vehicle accidents occur as the result of another driver's negligence, it may be possible to obtain financial compensation in court. An attorney might be able to utilize accident reconstruction reports and traffic camera footage to establish the liability of a negligent driver.

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

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