How will my doctor diagnose a skull fracture after my Santa Monica car accident?

You're enjoying a lovely Saturday drive along Santa Monica Boulevard, heading to the Pier for the day, when you are suddenly struck by a car that failed to stop at Lincoln Boulevard. Briefly knocked unconscious, and unaware of the state of your injuries, bystanders come to your aid. By the time you come to, you are being transported to the UCLA Medical Center, where you're informed that you've suffered a skull fracture. 

If you have suffered from a car accident that has caused you to sustain a head and brain injury, you are not alone. In fact, every year in the United States there are over one million instances of head and brain injuries. These injuries vary widely on their severity. A head injury may cause the victim to suffer long-term damage with lifelong complications.

Skull fractures—breaks in the bone that protect the brain—are forms of head and brain injuris. A skull fracture should always be taken very seriously and treated by a doctor. Not sure if you have a skull fracture? Some of the signs that you might have a break in your skull include bleeding, bruising, drowsiness, nausea, or convulsions.

Any blow to the head should be diagnosed by a medical professional. A fractured skull can by diagnosed by:

  • Image testing. If you are being diagnosed for a fractured skull, the doctor will most likely run some sort of imaging test. Most likely it will be an x-ray, CT scan, MRI, or cerebral arteriography.
     
  • Ear exam. Bleeding or discharge in the ears may result from skull fracture. Because of this the doctor may perform an ear exam. The doctor may also perform a hearing check.
     
  • Electromyography. A skull fracture may cause problems with the facial muscles. To determine if there is damage, the doctor may perform an electromyography. This tests the muscles while at rest as well as while being used.
     

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Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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