Personal Injury Potential Settlement Values: Basal Skull Fracture

By Roger Foisy on October 5th, 2017

A basal skull fracture, most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and child abuse cases, is considered a severe head injury. It is a fracture at the base of the skull and is frequently accompanied by a brain injury, which can cause significant challenges for victims. 

Some symptoms include:

  • Racoon (black) eyes
  • Loss of sensation to forehead
  • Loss of sensation to lower face
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Deafness
  • Bleeding from nose and/or ears

A basal skull fracture is not usually confirmed without the use of an x-ray or CT scan.

In this article, we will take a look at a historical example of the personal injury settlement values victims have received for this injury:

Potential Settlement: Basal Skull Fracture

In 2003, the Court in White v Aransibia, [2003] OJ No 2580 awarded the injured person $100,000 for injuries that included a basal skull fracture.

To read the full decision, click here.

Personal Injury Potential Settlement Values: Basal Skull Fracture

Receiving the Settlement You Deserve

People often believe that settlement value is mostly determined by the extent of the injury. While this is a factor, the most important information is how the injury has impacted your life. In other words, what does the injury prevent you from being able to do and how does this affect you?

I encourage you to view my previous article about seeking compensation for a basal skull fracture, wherein I discuss, in greater detail, the injury and how victims can receive the compensation they deserve.

A thorough lawyer should take the time to fully understand your specific situation, including your life and responsibilities before and after your accident, to ensure you do not under-settle your case. By quantifying every possible loss, you are more likely to receive a just settlement that will help to ease the financial burdens that usually occur during recovery.


If you have sustained a personal injury at another party’s fault, please contact me and my team of experienced personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.

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Roger Foisy

Roger R. Foisy is an experienced Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer helping accident victims and their families in Mississauga, Milton, Georgetown, Brampton, Oakville, and surrounding areas. Roger and his team dedicate a very personal level of attention to each and every client in their care and maximize clients’ personal injury settlements.