The moment you were struck, you knew something was wrong. You may have hit your head, fell unconscious, or heard a crack—no matter how it happened, you knew your Texas car accident caused a head injury. Now the only question is: how serious is it?
The skull is comprised of several bones that provide solid protection for the brain. A skull fracture, also known as a break or crack, means that the integrity of the bone has been compromised. Depending upon the specifics of your injury, this could mean your brain tissue is exposed, bruised, bleeding, or under pressure from shattered bone fragments, any of which could cause further injury to the brain.
To find out what you can expect from a skull fracture, consider the following factors:
- Location. The location of your injury can play an important role in your diagnosis and treatment. For example, the front and back of the skull is much thicker than the temporal bones on the sides of the head. A temporal fracture is more likely since the bone is a fragile point on the skull; this area also contains the middle meningeal artery and can cause bleeding if damaged.
- Infection. Infections are common in injuries where the brain is openly exposed to the outside environment, such as a compound fracture. These injuries are at serious risk of infection from bacterial contamination, and may require aggressive antibiotics or quarantine in a hospital “clean room” until they are healed.
- Appearance. The pattern of the break can determine which treatments a victim will need as he heals. A linear fracture may heal on its own with bed rest, while a depressed skull fracture may require surgery to lift the displaced bone fragments off of the injury site.
Our head injury attorneys know that recovery from a traumatic brain injury is a long and scary process. Even as your injuries heal, you will likely be wondering how you are going to pay for your treatment—and if you will be able to resume your regular job.
At VB Attorneys, we work to get car accident injury victims the compensation they deserve for their suffering and loss of income. Call us today at (877) 724-7800 to get a FREE, one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced Texas injury attorneys.