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Traumatic Brain Injury after a Truck Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury after a Truck Accident

Unfortunately, truck accidents lead to serious injuries, and some of the most devastating ones involve concussions and traumatic brain injuries. While brain injuries sustained in truck accidents range from mild to severe, there is no such thing as a truly minor brain injury. It’s critical that you seek immediate medical attention, and just as imperative that you speak to an experienced truck accident law firm to start helping you with your case.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden injury that causes damage to the brain. It may happen when there is a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. This is a closed head injury. A TBI can also happen when an object penetrates the skull. This is a penetrating or open injury.

Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. Concussions are a type of mild TBI. The effects of a concussion can sometimes be serious, but most people completely recover in time. More severe TBI can lead to serious physical and psychological symptoms, coma, and even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Out of all fatal and debilitating injuries that occur in the U.S., approximately 30% are directly related to traumatic brain injuries. Even more surprisingly, one out of every three of these TBI cases is reported to be caused by major traffic collisions.

Traumatic Brain Injury

When a truck accident occurs and the skull has had a blunt force trauma it will cause the soft tissues in the brain to bruise, bleed, and it tears the nerve fibers. Then a secondary injury will occur shortly after which is the swelling of the brain in the area that was affected. This can be more damaging than the original injury.

Many people do not immediately realize after the accident that they have suffered from a brain injury. Sometimes the symptoms may take several weeks or months to manifest.  Symptoms that may not initially be evident can start to progress rapidly. Depending on the severity of the situation, they can cause a drastic change to someone’s life as they knew it as well as putting a burden on family and loved ones. TBI  can cause serious memory issues, cognitive problems, and personality changes. 

What are the Main Types Of Traumatic Brain Injury?

  • Open head injuries: These brain injuries involve an object actually piercing the skull and entering the brain. These often happen in truck accidents where the passenger vehicle rear-ends the tractor-trailer and slides underneath it.
  • Closed head injuries: These injuries involve an external blow to the brain. You may sustain a closed head injury when your head strikes a steering wheel, window, windshield, or another part of a car due to impact, or after being ejected from a vehicle. But closed head injuries do not require an object to actually hit the head. Even the violent back and forth movement caused by sudden acceleration and deceleration can lead to a traumatic brain injury.

A concussion is a commonly used term for a mild closed head injury. However, no brain injury is truly minor or anything to take lightly, and even a seemingly mild concussion can have massive long-term implications. Damage to the brain can affect your social communications and your personality. It can impede your ability to focus or remember, among other symptoms. Your life may change forever – and the trucking company needs to be held accountable.

It is important to treat all of these injuries as quickly as possible to avoid brain damage or future complications. The adverse potential consequences—require immediate action.

What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?

The symptoms of mild TBI can include:

  • A brief loss of consciousness in some cases. However, many people with mild TBI remain conscious after the injury.
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • A change in sleep patterns
  • Behavioral or mood changes
  • Blurred vision or tired eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking

If you have a moderate or severe TBI, you may have those same symptoms. You may also have other symptoms such as:

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
  • Loss of coordination
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Not being able to wake up from sleep
  • Larger than normal pupil (dark center) of one or both eyes. This is called dilation of the pupil.
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

TruckAccidents.Law are experienced attorneys that have many decades of handling traumatic brain injury cases. We understand the need to treat these cases differently than most since they impact the victim with possible permanent damage that will require expensive and long-term medical care. Our law firm at Isaacs & Isaacs have the resources to assist you in ascertaining what your case is worth because there will be future and possibly lifetime expenses. Head and brain injuries once the initial physical trauma has subsided,  can be difficult to diagnose the long-term ailments that accompany this particular type of injury and prove this to the jury. Therefore, it is essential to have a caring truck accident law firm that understands the medical and legal complexity of these types of cases.

If you or a family member has suffered a head injury from a truck or car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the driver or trucking company. Call Isaacs & Isaacs today for a free case evaluation.

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