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Symptoms of skull fractures

When a Connecticut driver or passenger becomes involved in a severe car accident, there is always the potential that they may suffer a skull fracture. Skull fractures are always caused by an impact to the head, meaning that these fractures can be accompanied by a potential brain injury. While that is not always the case, skull fractures must be treated in a timely manner.

There are many symptoms that someone who has suffered a skull fracture may exhibit. Some of the more severe symptoms can include severe bruising underneath the eyes or around the ears, pain at the site where the injury occurred, swelling, and bleeding from the eyes, nose and ears. However, there are also other symptoms that may accompany a less severe injury. These symptoms include headaches, vomiting, blurred vision and trouble balancing, among many others.

If it is believed that someone suffered a skull fracture in an accident, doctors may use a variety of techniques to determine if an injury did occur and how serious the potential injury may be. Typical methods for diagnosing a skull fracture include CT or CAT scans, MRIs and X-rays. If it is discovered that a person did suffer a skull injury, a doctor will determine the best course of action to take to help the person recover. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed; however, some injuries may only require medication.

If a person suffers a serious injury in a car accident, such as a skull fracture, they may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the car accident. Because skull fractures can take a long time to heal, the injured person may also seek to recover the costs of rehabilitation, future medical costs associated with the injury and lost income.

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

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