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How much force to crush a skull?

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  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
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  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

If you or a loved one has fractured a bone from a car accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation so we can help you recover from this experience and get fairly compensated.

A skull fracture occurs when a strong force causes a break in the cranial bone (skull). But exactly how strong of a force can cause such a break? To be specific, 1,100 pounds of pressure force is needed in order to break the skull. The skull is fairly strong and resistant when it comes to impacts to the head. Typically, skull fractures occur after a harsh fall, a car accident, or a sports injury – all high-energy trauma situations. The weakest points of the skull are the temples that are most susceptible which create pressure inside to break out of all the areas of the skull.

Read on to learn more about head injuries and their legal implications from Agruss Law Firm’s head injury lawyers.

Dangers and Consequences of a Fracture to the Adult Human Skull

A fracture to the human skull involves the breaking of the bone structure of the cranium. While the human skull can withstand some force, in serious accidents such as car crashes, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, or bicycle accidents, the trauma can crush or crack the cranium.

TV shows like Game of Thrones or movies such as The Star Trek Movie may make you believe that a man’s skull can be crushed by bare hands. However, human hands, even those belonging to the strongest human, do not have the capability to crush a human head all on their own.

The majority of fractures to the human skull are usually minor, though even a small fracture can cause other serious dangers and consequences to victims in accidents of all kinds. Children have greater risk as their skulls are thinner compared to adult skulls. In the event that you or your child have endured an accident that resulted in a blow to the human skull, you should seek prompt medical attention. Complications of a simple fracture could result in an intracranial hemorrhage, which is bleeding in the brain tissue. Ignoring it may even lead to brain damage, meningitis, blood clots, seizures, or paralysis. Head injuries need to be taken seriously as a minor injury can leave behind permanent effects when left untreated.

Common Causes of Skull Fractures

In order for the cranium to sustain a fracture, it requires much force. Typically, these forces come from impact injuries. An object must hit your head or you must collide with your head into an object with enough force to cause it to crack.

A prime example is when someone is riding a bicycle and a motorist crashes into them. Most bicyclists wisely wear protective helmets in the event they lose balance and fall off onto the pavement. These helmets are supposed to protect the head in accidents, as per a bike helmet study published in 2018. However, if the driver of the vehicle negligently continued to drive over the bicyclist they ran down to the ground, they could easily generate pressure that crushes the head.

Head injuries that result in skulls with fractures are also caused by falls, such as on construction sites or even in slip and fall accidents. Sports injuries and violent actions involving using blunt force can also crack the skull. Essentially, the forces required to cause these injuries involve applying pressure to the extreme and compressive strength, something that human hands simply can’t accomplish on their own.

In conclusion, if you wonder about the forces required to crush the head, someone’s hands can’t put forth that kind of mass. It takes the force of a fall, a vehicle collision, crushing from a heavy object, or wielding weapons to create that result.

Know the Signs of Damage to the Human Head

After any kind of accident that involves impact to the skull, you should know how to spot any sign of serious injury. Swelling, bumps, or lumps on the head may indicate a fracture, though bruising around where the eye nerves are located or even behind the ears are far more concerning. If blood is oozing from the area of impact, the nose, or the ears, or the fluid is clear, emergency medical care is needed.

Injuries that affect the brain may also cause a victim to be confused and experience nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, vision loss, loss of coordination, loss of sensation in other parts of the body, and fatigue.

How Do Doctors Treat Crushed or Broken Skulls?

Most personal injury cases involving head injuries or cracked skulls will require CT and MRI scans to assess the full extent of the damage. If you suffer an injury like this, you will likely be kept in the hospital for a short time to monitor your condition. The healing time may be a few weeks for a minor fracture, though for more serious cases, it could be several months.

In the most extreme accidents where crushing of the skull has occurred, there will be extensive damage. Unfortunately, victims of these catastrophic occurrences may not survive. Those that live to tell about this crushing experience will likely never be the same as they were before the accident.

Legal Options for Real Life Skull Injuries

Although it’s impossible for bare hands to provide the force required to crush skulls, these types of head injuries can occur in different accident scenarios. If you or someone you love has suffered this type of painful injury due to the negligent actions of another person, the law allows you to seek compensation through a lawsuit.

Depending on the severity of your injury, it may take you a long time to heal. Your injuries may continue to cause hardships for you on a chronic basis, making your life more difficult than before this event occurred. An injured victim should not be forced to take on all the medical expenses involved with these treatments. The at-fault party should be held responsible for all of the damages associated with your injuries, including the emotional trauma and all related financial costs.

Unfortunately, many victims attempt to file injury claims on their own, only to discover that the insurance company for the at-fault party is offering a low settlement or denies their claim. You have enough to deal with while you focus on following doctors’ orders to heal from your injuries. This is why it is essential to work with a personal injury attorney who believes in advocating for victims and their legal rights.

After an injury like this, the quality of your life could be greatly diminished. You may require ongoing medical care all because someone else was careless. We won’t let you suffer any further as a result of their negligent mistakes.

At Mike Agruss Law, LLC, we see you as a person, not just a client – and that makes us better at the work we do. We listen. We learn your story. And, as we help you get the money you deserve, we go above and beyond in a way most law firms never could and never would. Because we’re not just lawyers. And you’re not just a client. We’re friends, neighbors, family. We’re all people and here at Mike Agruss Law, we put People, First.

Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people, not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. Our unique formula has earned us over 1,000 outstanding client reviews on our website, an A+ BBB rating, and over 135 five-star reviews on Google. Call 888-572-0176, e-mail us at [email protected], or schedule a meeting with us here. Explore Agruss Law Firm’s personal injury lawyer services to understand how we can help you with cases involving skull fractures. We’re here 24/7.

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