Skull Fractures and Missouri Workers Compensation
The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need.
The skull is made up of the hardest bone in the body, but it is still susceptible to a fracture or break if hit hard enough. Some are confined to the outside of the skull, causing painful bruising and swelling, while others can be severe enough to cause permanent injury to the brain. With the unpredictability of the brain and in functions, any trauma to the skull should be examined by a doctor immediately.
A fractured skull is always the result of an accident, and if the accident that caused it occurred at your workplace or while you were engaging in work activities, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover all of the costs related to its detection, treatment and recovery from the injury. If you have any questions about how to ensure that you are receiving your full benefit for a fractured skull, the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann can help.
What Causes a Fractured Skull?
Blunt force trauma from any number of workplace related accidents can cause a fractured skull. Delivery and truck drivers are at risk if involved in a car accident. A worker whose work includes working from heights is also at risk because they could fall. This includes construction workers, cable wire repairmen and installers, painters and roofers.
A fracture to the skull is not always obvious at first, especially with a closed fracture where the skin is not broken and no bleeding occurs. There are a number of different types of skull fractures ranging from mild to life threatening, but each one needs to be examined first by a qualified physician.
Symptoms of a Fractured Skull
When a skull fracture is open, or has become depressed, it is obvious that the skull has been fractured. Bleeding from the wound is one symptom, but there could also be bleeding from the nose, ears and eyes. There may be bruising around the trauma area, behind the ears and even around the eyes, along with pain and swelling at the trauma site.
Some additional symptoms may include:
- vomiting and nausea
- blurred vision
- a sense of being off balance
- stiff neck
Diagnosing a Fractured Skull
In almost all instances of a trauma to the head, a physician will order an imaging procedure to check the brain and look for signs of damage. This is most often done using a CAT scan, in order to give the doctor a clear image of the fracture and the extent of damage that it caused.
How a skull fracture is treated depends on the extent of the injury and how much it has affected brain function. Bumps and bruising can be treated with ice and pain medications, while a concussion may need to be observed for a few days for signs of further damage. With severe injuries to the brain, surgical intervention may be needed in order to control bleeding and prevent further damage. A fractured skull can lead to very serious complications, including loss of cognitive and physical abilities or even death.
Fractured Skulls and Workers’ Compensation
Whenever a Missouri employee suffers an injury as a result of a workplace or occupational duty related accident, the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should be available to pay for all costs related to the diagnosis, treatment and recovery from the injury. This also includes any wages lost. In the case of a fractured skull, there is also the possibility that you may need care over the course of the rest of your life, and not be able to return to normal employment. Under those circumstances, your employer may have to continue to pay you a percentage of your salary as well as continue paying for your medical needs.
The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
Our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. Based in St. Louis, and handling workers compensation cases throughout the State of Missouri, our law firm will ensure that your rights are protected. Please call (314) 361-4300 or toll free at (888) 872-6795. You can also complete our Online Case Evaluation Form. All communications are returned promptly.