New York Skull Injury
The adult human skull is composed of 22 bones joined by sutures (immovable joints). Although the skull is very strong and thick, it is still vulnerable to injury or fracture. Skull injury is a fracture of one or more of the skull bones typically occurring from head trauma. The impacting force may or may not fracture the skull bones at or near the impact site. If the force is significant, the skull and tissues contained inside the skull, including the blood vessels, membranes and brain may endure damage as well. Although a skull injury can arise without neurological or physical damage, a fractured healthy bone reveals the application of a significant amount of force and increases the probability of associated injury.
According to our New York Skull Injury Lawyer group, a skull injury may originate from a number of different mechanisms, such as a slip and fall, motor vehicle accident, industrial accident (including construction accident), Truck accident or assault. Such traumatic brain injury accidents can occur as the result of another party’s intentional or unintentional actions and therefore, the negligent party is liable for your skull injury. Each New York Brain Injury Attorney at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will effectively protect your rights and pursue legal compensation for your losses.
There are four major categories of skull injury or skull fracture: linear skull injury, depressed skull injury, diastatic skull injury and basilar skull injury. Linear skull injury is a full thickness break without displacement of the skull bones. Linear skull injury is the most common skull injury, most often resulting from a blunt force trauma and typically requires no treatment of the fracture itself. Linear skull injury may lead to complications, such as venous sinus thrombosis, suture diastasis and epidural hematoma. Depressed skull injury is a comminuted fracture with inwardly displaced broken bones and usually occurs from blunt force trauma. Depressed skull injury promotes an increased intracranial pressure leading to brain damage. The depressed skull injury can require surgical treatment to lift the bones off the brain. Diastatic skull injury is a break across one or more skull sutures causing the suture to widen. Basilar skull injury is a break in the bones of the skull base. A substantial amount of force, as in sudden acceleration/deceleration force, is required to induce a basilar skull injury.
Common symptoms of skull injury include: vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, headache, irritability, pain, fluid leaking from the ears or nose or bruises around the eyes or behind the ears. Skull injury is best diagnosed with Computerized Tomography (CT scans). Most victims of skull injury without brain injury or spinal injury are hospitalized and observed for a worsening condition. If you are suffering from a skull injury, and were not provided appropriate medical care, contact our New York Skull Injury Lawyers to discuss the possibility of filing a medical malpractice claim against the careless healthcare provider.
Skull injury may produce life-altering effects. A severe skull injury victim may require numerous medical procedures and treatments and endure mental and emotional anguish and a lower quality of life. Skull injury patients may be entitled to monetary compensation to recover lost wages and pay for high medical bills. These injuries can occur as a result of negligence of another, or medical malpractice. It is important to note that New York is a comparative negligence state, which is governed by New York Civil Practice L & R 1411. This code section states that the plaintiff’s damages will be reduced by their own liability but not barred completely. Our New York Skull Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has the experience and knowledge in skull injury claims to fight for the legal and emotional satisfaction you deserve.
If you or someone you love is suffering from brain injury including a skull injury, head injury, brain injury or other traumatic brain damage injury, contact our New York Brain Injury Lawyers with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for an initial case evaluation.It is important to not delay, as you have a strict time limitation within which to file a claim. This is called the statute of limitations, and is set forth in NY CPLR 214. (5). The length of time you have to file will depend on the cause of action you are pursuing. You may contact us online or stop by one of our many convenient office locations in New York City, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Bronx, Westchester County, or in Nassau County or Suffolk County in Long Island.