Motor vehicle accidents, including those involving a truck, are a common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
In truck accidents, traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of direct impact or because of a rapid deceleration or acceleration of the vehicle. The severity of a brain injury caused by a truck accident depends on the type, duration, and intensity of the impact.
Classification of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are often classified as mild, moderate, or severe. They are also classified based on whether they are confined to a particular area of the brain or spread over a wider area. The symptoms that a patient experiences after a brain injury depend on whether the injury is focal or diffuse, for example, restricted to a particular part or spread over a wider area. It also depends on which part of the brain is affected.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Some common symptoms of brain injuries suffered in a truck accident include:
- lack of motor coordination
- blurred vision
- tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- unusual or bad taste in the mouth
A person who has suffered a brain injury may also experience mental and emotional symptoms including:
- mood swings
- loss of memory
- cognitive issues
- difficulty with concentration
Some brain injuries may also trigger something that is known as a secondary injury, which means brain damage that shows up after the initial event. Secondary injuries may affect blood-brain barrier, interfere with blood flow, or cause cerebral edema. The results can be devastating and even fatal. In many cases, a secondary injury occurs within 1-2 days after the first injury, while some secondary brain injuries may take days or even weeks to manifest. Due to this, secondary injuries are difficult to address both legally and medically.
Today, cutting edge technology is available to diagnose the exact location, type, and extent of an injury, which helps doctors give timely and accurate medical treatment. This has improved survival rates and also ensures there is no or minimal disability. Doctors use advanced techniques such as CT scans and MRI to diagnose brain injuries and decide on the most appropriate course of treatment for a victim of a brain injury.
Treatment for Brain Injuries
The prognosis for brain injury victims depends on the severity of the injury. While minor injuries may need simple treatment, the more serious ones may require prolonged and expensive treatment as the risk of a serious and lifelong disability are high.
Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys
The victim of a truck accident who has undergone successful treatment may still require outpatient care and rehabilitation, including spending time in a group home or supported living facilities. This can leave a victim and the family with a huge financial burden. It is extremely important to seek appropriate damages from the at-fault driver to cover all present and future medical bills, rehabilitation and care costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Contact a Chicago truck accident attorney at Willens Law Offices by calling (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.