The specific type of fracture you suffer can radically change what symptoms you experience after the accident. For instance, some fractures create dangerous pressure on the brain, which often must be treated with surgery. Additionally, there is a serious risk of infection if something directly penetrates the skull. There are also frequent long-term effects on adolescent victims as their skulls and brains are still growing.

We Can Help You Understand the Repercussions of a Skull Fracture

Many of these fractures may not be immediately visible after the accident, especially in the case of “closed” injuries where the skull isn’t obviously punctured. You could have a skull fracture and not realize it, as it is possible to sustain damage to the bone without any visible cuts or bruises on the skin. Because of this possibility, you should always get checked out by medical professionals after any head injury.

While some fractures heal on their own, any head wound where the skull is damaged may cause serious and, in some cases, permanent changes to your daily life. If your skull fracture leads to internal swelling or bleeding, you may experience a serious traumatic brain injury. Skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries can bring about physical, mental, and emotional repercussions, such as:

  • Behavioral changes, from general irritability to serious depression and sudden angry outbursts.
  • Cognitive issues like difficulty understanding concepts, carrying on a conversation, or judging distances and time.
  • Having a shunt installed to relieve pressure on the brain, as well as other types of brain surgeries
  • Headache, which may be persistent.
  • Memory issues.
  • Physical challenges like stiff neck, frequent nausea, vomiting, loss of balance, or recurring pain.
  • Ongoing therapies to assist in language, behavior, and occupational difficulties.
  • Vision problems, from blurry vision to loss of eyesight.

After suffering a skull fracture, you have a legal right to recover damages stemming from these issues, as well as other out-of-pocket medical costs and any loss of wages when you can’t work while recovering. 


Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims