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3 types of skull fractures that could happen in an accident

Fractures are very common in serious motor vehicle accidents. In many cases, they are relatively minor: broken legs, broken arms and fractured wrists. These are painful and sometimes expensive, but not life-threatening.

However, accidents can also lead to skull fractures, and these can cause serious health concerns. They can be fatal. Extensive medical care is required. Below are three different types:

An open skull fracture

Scalp lacerations around the break lead to an open skull fracture because the damage is exposed. Infection is a serious risk, and surgery is common. In some cases, the fracture may connect to the meninges, which are fibrous brain coverings.

A depressed skull fracture

This injury can be very serious because the splintered, broken bone gets shoved downward, toward the brain itself. Minor indentations may not harm the brain, but damage is possible if the bones strike the brain tissue.

Basilar skull fractures

These fractures occur in the bone near the brain's base, close to where it meets your spinal cord. They can be harder to identify, but some common symptoms include bruises that show up behind your ears, bleeding from the nose, bleeding from the ears and/or bruises surrounding your eyes, which are often called "raccoon eyes".

Any of these fractures can land you in the hospital with some serious medical bills. It is very important for you to fully understand all of the legal options you have. If someone else caused the accident through his or her own negligence, you may be able to seek out compensation for those medical costs, lost wages and much more.

Source: Medicine Net, "Medical Definition of Compound fracture," accessed May 31, 2018

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