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Linear Skull Fractures

A linear skull fracture can lead to various ongoing issues, including chronic headaches, dizziness, and concentration difficulties. There’s also a risk of brain injury, which may cause cognitive or sensory impairments, and in some cases, seizures. On this page, we answer common FAQs about this injury and the process for seeking compensation.

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A linear skull fracture is a type of break in the skull bone characterised by a thin, straight crack. It’s typically caused by a blunt force trauma to the head. This kind of fracture is the most common among skull fractures and usually does not involve displacement of the bone. While it can be serious depending on the location and associated injuries, such as to underlying brain tissue, it often doesn’t require surgical intervention. However, medical evaluation and monitoring are essential to rule out complications like brain injury or bleeding.

What are the most common types of accidents that could lead to a linear skull fracture?

Linear skull fractures often result from accidents involving a direct and forceful impact to the head. Common causes include falls from a height, vehicle-related collisions, sports injuries, and physical assaults. Falls are especially prevalent among children and the elderly, while vehicle accidents are a frequent cause in adults. In sports, activities with a high risk of falls or collisions, such as cycling, football, and skateboarding, can lead to such injuries. Physical assaults involving blows to the head with a hard object also account for a significant number of these fractures.

How do linear skull fractures differ from other types of skull injuries?

Linear skull fractures differ from other skull injuries primarily in their simplicity and lack of bone displacement. Unlike depressed skull fractures, where the bone is pushed inward, or basilar fractures at the skull base, linear fractures are mere cracks without bone movement. They are less complex than compound fractures, where the skin is broken, or comminuted fractures, where the bone is shattered. While other types might pose higher risks of brain injury or require surgical intervention, linear fractures are often less severe, typically needing monitoring rather than immediate surgery, unless accompanied by other complications like brain damage or bleeding.

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

Yes, it’s possible to bring a claim for this type of fracture if it resulted from someone else’s negligence or intentional action. For example, if the injury was caused by a car accident, a fall in a public place due to unsafe conditions, or an assault, you may have grounds for a claim. The key is to establish that another party is liable for your injury. Compensation might cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For guidance on initiating a claim, speak to our personal injury team here at McCarthy + Co.

How much compensation will I get?

This very much depends on the severity of the injury and its effect on your life. If this type of fracture also caused minor brain damage, you might be eligible for €12,000-€25,000 in general damages (plus your expenses) if the injury involves substantial recovery time in the region of two to five years, as set out in the Judicial Council’s Personal Injuries Guidelines.

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