There is nothing more frightening than seeing your child injured. Head injuries are especially worrisome because even a seemingly minor accident can cause a skull fracture, traumatic brain injury, or both. Head injuries in children can happen anywhere but are commonly associated with physical abuse, sports accidents and motor vehicle crashes.
A skull fracture is a break in the bones of the skull caused by trauma to the head. It may occur alone or in conjunction with a brain injury. Either way, a skull fracture is a serious injury that requires medical treatment. The following are symptoms of a skull fracture:
- A cut, bruise, or swelling on the head
- Pain or tenderness in the head
- A dented or deformed head
- A bump or lump on the head
- In babies, a bulging fontanel (soft spot on top of the head)
- Bruising around the eyes or behind the ears
- Fatigue, dizziness or blurred vision
- Passing out or having problems waking up
- Severe headache
- Nausea or vomiting
Children injured in a motor vehicle accident or some other type of accident involving a blow to the head should be checked for a skull fracture. Some types of skull fractures can cause brain damage or death if left untreated. Brain injuries are also frequently associated with a blow to the head and require immediate medical attention. If your child has suffered a skull fracture or brain injury in an accident caused by the carelessness of another party, contact me, Georgetown child injury attorney David Todd, at 512-472-7799 for a free case review. Alternatively, you can download a free copy of my book Seven Deadly Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Texas Accident Case for additional information.