What happens if I suffer a skull fracture in a motorcycle accident?

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Doctor Holding a Scan of a Skull Fracture Neblett, Beard and ArsenaultSkull fractures are complicated motorcycle accident injuries because they can’t necessarily be seen with the naked eye. In an open skull fracture, the bone has penetrated the skin, or a wound shows the bone through the skill. In a closed fracture, however, the skin is intact, and the injury isn’t immediately visible.

Both Open and Closed Skull Fractures Are Dangerous

Both open and closed skull fractures can cause trauma to the brain. This can lead to permanent physical and cognitive deficits that affect a person’s ability to work, maintain relationships, and live independently.

Potential symptoms of a skull fracture include:

  • Bleeding from the ears, eyes, nose, or wound area
  • Bruising behind the ears or under the eyes
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pupils that are unequal in size or don’t respond to light
  • Neurological symptoms such as slurred speech, confusion, and visual disturbances

A skull fracture is a serious injury, so it’s vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor can diagnose this injury with image testing, electroneurography, or electromyography. Depending upon the severity of the fracture, medication, a spinal tap, a lumbar drain, or surgery may be necessary. Seeking prompt treatment is the best way to prevent permanent damage to the brain.

Compensation for Skull Fractures

Under Louisiana law, motorcyclists who’ve suffered skull fractures have one year to seek compensation for accident-related damages. Your personal injury claim can seek reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any property damage associated with the accident.

As with other types of head injuries, you can expect to be found partially at fault if you weren’t wearing a helmet when the accident occurred. However, you can still collect compensation at a reduced rate. Your percentage of fault will depend on what factors caused the accident and whether experts believe your injuries would have been as severe if you were wearing a helmet.

Have You Been Injured In A Louisiana Motorcycle Accident?

If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Alexandria office directly at 318.541.8188 to schedule your free consultation.


Michael S. Koch
Attorney Michael Koch represents personal injury victims throughout Louisiana and the surrounding area.