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Common methods for diagnosing skull fractures

Skull fractures can take a variety of forms. Some heal on their own, while others require surgery, especially when accompanied by brain injury. Auto accidents are a common cause of skull fractures in North Carolina and across the U.S. due to the impact of the forces inflicted on passengers.

A physician may be able to find a skull fracture by conducting a physical exam. Their fingers might detect the break in the skull, or it may be visually apparent. Beyond the physical inspection of the injury, a physician can use imaging equipment to examine the exact details of the fracture. X-rays, MRI scanning and CT scanning are all appropriate measures. CT scanning, the most commonly used method in identifying skull fractures, generates a clear internal image that allows viewing of the bone breakage as well as any brain injury underneath.

Many types of symptoms are associated with skull fractures. Headaches, nausea, blurred vision, trouble balancing, confusion, neck stiffness and drowsiness are some common symptoms.

People involved in car accidents who received a blow to the head should look out for these signs of injury. Like all head injuries, skull fractures require careful attention to limit potential long-term brain trauma. When extensive medical treatment is needed, a car accident victim may be able to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party. If the at-fault driver neglected their duty to operate a vehicle safely, an attorney might be able to assist the victim in negotiating a financial settlement to cover medical bills and other damages, depending on the situation.

Source: Healthline, "Skull Fractures," Mary Ellen Ellis, Aug. 15, 2012

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