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Is a skull fracture a serious injury?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2020 | Injuries

When the semi hit your vehicle, you thought for sure that you were going to be killed. Fortunately, the angle of the impact protected you, and you found yourself able to exit your vehicle on your own. Unfortunately, you did hit your head on the window, and you felt pretty uncomfortable.

head injury like this is something you need to take seriously after a crash. Even if you feel fine at the moment, your brain may be swelling or there could be bleeding that must be controlled. Head injuries are a leading cause of disability and death in adults, so if you’ve hit your head or have symptoms like a headache or dizziness, you should seek medical care immediately.

Once you seek attention, you may find that you developed a skull fracture as a result of hitting your head on the window or steering column. A skull fracture isn’t necessarily dangerous, but it can be. Skull fractures can lead to facial bruising, bleeding from the ears and nostrils as well as other symptoms.

The good news about skull fractures is that the majority do not need surgery so long as the brain has not been injured. Having a skull injury doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a concussion or long-term brain injury to deal with.

On the other hand, if the impact was significant, then you may have a skull fracture as well as an injury to your brain. If your brain swells or if there is bleeding, a surgeon may need to operate to relieve the pressure and stop the bleeding.

Every case is different, so it’s smart to seek medical care. You can file a personal injury claim after you get the medical care that you need.