The Most Common Symptoms of a Skull Fracture

Nine common symptoms with skull fractures can include:

  • X-Ray Showing a Scull FractureBleeding from the wound of fracture site
  • Bruising around eyes or ears (unique to basilar fractures)
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Swelling
  • Visual disturbances

Uncomplicated fractures like linear fractures rarely produce any neurological injury. However, others can lead to intracranial hemorrhaging, epidural hematoma, venous sinus thrombosis, and cerebral edema, which is a common complication of any head injury. In children, brain swelling may be the only identifiable symptom of a head injury.

Skull fractures are more common than you may think. Up to 24% of all head injuries are skull fractures and they account for 2% of all trauma related injuries. If you sustain a skull fracture, expect to have headaches, feel tired, and have poor concentration for a few weeks. Complications and recovery will depend on the severity of the fracture and any corresponding brain injury.

For a period of time you might not be able to drive or work. If at any time during your recovery your symptoms worsen you should go and see your doctor right away.

Skull Fractures Are Serious. You Need a Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side

At Jim Dodson Law we want you to make sure to take care of yourself and monitor your symptoms so you can have a speedy recovery. If you or a loved one has suffered a skull fracture resulting from an accident, feel free to contact us. For additional information about brain injuries check out our Layman’s Guide to Brain Injuries which is available on our website.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.