Because of the massive weight and size of trucks, victims of truck accidents tend to suffer much more catastrophic injuries and deaths. One devastating injury that can cause long-term changes in a person’s life is a head injury. Even a collision where the truck is driving at a slow speed can cause a major brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, an individual could find himself suddenly disabled and unable to take care of some of his basic day-to-day needs.
What Happens in a Head Injury?
A head injury is any injury to a person’s brain, skull, or scalp. It is caused by a trauma to the head or neck that results in the brain bruising, tearing, swelling, or bleeding. Vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, sports activities, and workplace accidents are common ways that individuals suffer head injuries.
There are two general types of brain injuries: open and closed head injuries. An open head injury is one where the skull is fractured when it hits a hard surface or object. Although a closed head injury does not involve a fracture, it can be more serious because it can lead to brain swelling and blood clots. Whether a victim suffers a closed or open head injury, it can cause debilitating injuries, such as paralysis, loss of consciousness, or death.
Common Types of Head Injuries Suffered by Truck Accident Victims
Sometimes the symptoms of a head injury will take days or longer to develop. However, prompt medical care after a truck accident is essential to avoid the injury developing into a life-threatening emergency. There are many types of brain injuries that individuals hurt in a truck accident can suffer, depending on the part of the brain injured and the severity of the injury. Some common head injuries people suffer include:
- Concussion. When a person’s brain bounces against the skull, a person can suffer a concussion. It can cause a person to experience a loss of complete function or less serious symptoms, such as headaches, reduced alertness, and insomnia. While often a temporary injury, repeated concussions can cause permanent damage.
- Hematoma. A hematoma is a serious brain injury where there is a pooling or clotting of blood outside blood vessels. The clotting of blood can cause pressure to build inside the skull and a loss of consciousness.
- Hemorrhage. A hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding and can occur outside the brain or inside the brain, causing pressure on the skull and brain. Without medical care, it can lead to a coma and death.
- Edema. Edema is swelling of tissue outside or inside the brain. It puts pressure on the brain and skull and can prevent blood and oxygen from reaching the brain. This can result in brain cells being damaged or dying, with the person experiencing insomnia, headaches, problems thinking, and more.
- Skull fracture. A skull fracture is any fracture of cranial bones and can result in a penetration of and damage to the brain. It can cause bleeding, bruising, pain, and swelling near the skull fracture.
- Traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury can be caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the skull. It can cause a person to suffer permanent changes to his thinking, emotions, memory, movement, vision, and hearing.
Why You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney to Negotiate Your Settlement If You Suffered a Head Injury
Because a head injury can cause permanent brain damage, you could have long-term medical expenses and may even suddenly become unable to continue in your profession or any other job. This can increase the value of your claim. The insurance company for the trucker and trucking company may fight harder to deny or reduce your claim due to the potentially large settlement you could receive.
If you suffered a brain injury in a truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident attorney on your side. At Chris Hudson & Associates, our experienced legal team understands the federal regulations governing truckers and trucking companies, conducts thorough investigations in these claims, and fights hard to obtain the compensation our clients deserve. Contact us online or call us directly at 888.795.6261 to schedule your free consultation to get your questions answered and to discuss the legal options we can pursue for you.