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Compound Skull Fractures

A compound skull fracture can cause serious ongoing issues including a high risk of infection due to the open wound and exposed brain tissue. There’s also a significant risk of brain damage, leading to cognitive and physical impairments, such as memory issues, difficulty with concentration, motor skill problems, and sensory deficits. Chronic pain, seizures, and increased risk of meningitis are other potential complications. The severity of these issues often depends on the extent of the fracture and the degree of brain injury. On this page, we answer common FAQs about this injury and the process for seeking compensation.

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A compound skull fracture, also known as an open skull fracture, is a type of head injury where a break in the skull bone is severe enough to rupture the skin and expose the skull. This condition often results from significant trauma, like a heavy blow to the head. It poses a high risk of infection and brain injury due to the direct exposure of the brain and its protective layers to the external environment. Immediate medical attention is critical to address potential complications like brain damage, bleeding, or infection, and treatment typically involves surgery to repair the skull and surrounding tissues.

What are the most common causes of compound skull fractures?

Compound skull fractures most commonly result from high-impact trauma. This can include vehicle accidents, falls from significant heights, sports injuries, particularly in contact sports, or physical assaults involving blunt force. These incidents typically involve a strong blow to the head, powerful enough to break the skull bone and penetrate the skin. The severity of the impact is a key factor, as it determines the extent of the skull fracture and potential brain injury.

How are compound skull fractures treated?

Treatment for compound skull fractures usually involves immediate medical attention to manage potential complications like brain injury or infection. Surgery is often required to repair the fractured skull bones, control bleeding, and remove any debris or foreign objects. Antibiotics are administered to prevent or treat infections, and tetanus shots may be given if necessary. Additional treatments can include pain management, anti-seizure medications, and in some cases, rehabilitation therapy to address any neurological deficits. The specific treatment approach depends on the severity of the fracture, the presence of brain injury, and the overall health of the patient.

Can I bring a personal injury claim for a compound skull fracture?

Yes, it’s possible to bring an injury claim for a compound skull fracture if it resulted from someone else’s negligence or intentional act. This could be due to a car accident, workplace incident, assault, or other situations where another party is at fault. In a personal injury claim, you may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the injury. If you, or a family member, has sustained this type of injury and you would like to bring a claim against the negligent party, the personal injury team at McCarthy + Co will be glad to assist you.

How much compensation will I get?

The compensation for this type of injury varies based on the specifics of your case, including injury severity, long-term effects, and incurred expenses. The Judicial Council’s Personal Injuries Guidelines provides an outline of general damages for head injuries, as a general reference point. However, in addition to general damages you can also seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, future care costs, and any other expenses you incurred due to the injury. For a clearer idea of the compensation you might be able to achieve, arrange a consultation with one of our personal injury solicitors. Our team can provide a more precise figure based on precedents and your unique circumstances.

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