The human skull is designed to withstand rather substantial compression. With 27 bones within the skull, it is one of the strongest areas of the body. Unfortunately, however when a motor vehicle collision involving a severe, forceful impact occurs and strikes an accident victims head, the skull is often unable to withstand the force of the crash and a fracture occurs. Because the skull protects the brain, one of the most important organs in the body, any type of injury to the skull has the potential to inflict serious, sometimes lifelong, damages.
When the skull breaks or suffers a crack, the brain becomes susceptible to injury. Head injuries range quite vastly in severity, however, when skull fracture injuries are present, the likelihood or serious damage increases significantly. If you or a loved one has suffered from skull fracture injuries during a motor vehicle collision in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
The Edwards Law Firm has years of experience in person injury litigation, especially in regard to head and brain damage. With office location in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas, we are able to provide professional legal services to individuals across the United States. When an accident occurs, we understand that you are overwhelmed while dealing with the aftermath. With this in mind, our auto accident lawyers ensure to handle every aspect of the legal proceedings, leaving you and your family to focus on recovery.
Symptoms of Skull Fracture Injuries
Auto accidents involving head injuries generally indicate that a severe, often catastrophic, collision has taken place. In these situations, emergency medical care is typically called to the scene of the accident. During this time, the healthcare staff will likely take the victim to an emergency room while doing as much as they can to handle the injury in the ambulance. However, traffic crashes that are not catastrophic are sometimes handled by the passengers and the law enforcement on scene. In these cases, it is crucial that all people involved in the crash seek medical attention immediately.
While many of the most common symptoms are largely apparent following a crash, there are certainly cases where skull fracture injuries have taken place and the accident victim does not know. Many of these symptoms take a day or several days to emerge, even something as simple as a bump on the head may not appear within the first 24 hours. The following are the most common skull fracture symptoms:
- Stiff neck
- Slurred speech
- Bleeding from nose, ear, wound, or around the eyes
- Change in pupil size
- Fluid draining from nose or ears (either clear or bloody)
- Bruising behind the ears or below the eyes
- Loss of consciousness
- Balance problems
- Visual instability
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic crash and experiences any of the above symptoms, you must seek medical care as soon as possible. These particular symptoms are commonly linked to skull fracture injuries and must be handled immediately to avoid further damage. When circulation problems or breathing issues arise, it is especially crucial to seek professional care.
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Types of Skull Fractures
The most common causes of skull fracture injuries are motor vehicle collisions, sports injuries, slip and falls, and physical assault. When a blunt force strikes an accident victims skull, the cranial portion of the brain is at risk for one or more of the bones to break. If a fracture is present, medical care must be sought immediately, as timing is exceedingly important with these types of injuries.
The following are general types of skull fractures:
- Diastasis Fractures
- Basilar Skull Fractures
- Depressed Skull Fractures
- Linear or Stellate Fractures
- Compound Skull Fractures
- Penetrating Skull Fractures
These types of fractures are generally severe, requiring medical care and a lengthy recovery period. In the worst case scenario, these injuries may cause permanent damage. Sadly, when this occurs the accident victim often feel helpless. While you may be unable to fully return to your physical state prior to the crash, hiring a trustworthy personal injury lawyer will help you to gain compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and any other associated costs.
Our Tulsa Lawyers are Here for You
The Edwards Law Firm takes their role in the community seriously. With office locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, we have built a reputation of dedication to both the law and, most importantly, to our clients. When a traffic accident takes place, no crash victim wants to worry about the legalities involved in the collision. Knowing this, our personal injury attorneys work tirelessly to focus on your case and leave you to focus on recovery.
With over 50 years of combined legal experience, the Edwards Law Firm understands what it takes to get the job done. We have won over $100 million dollars in verdicts and settlements in our pursuit of protecting the rights of Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas residents.