Head injuries are one of the most common injuries sustained in a truck accident. About 2 million Americans suffer a head injury each year, with 3/4ths of those being concussions. Concussions are generally perceived to be a mild injury, but in reality, they can be quite severe and lead to long-term disabilities.
Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions
Head injuries known as traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave a person disabled for life. There are an estimated 3.2 million Americans who live with disabilities related to TBI. Concussions are a form of TBI known as mild traumatic brain injuries (or mTBI). They are generally caused by blows to the head, but can also occur from violent shaking of the head (eg. severe whiplash caused by the impact of a truck accident).
A concussed person may experience loss of consciousness, though that is not always the case. Sometimes a concussed person may retain consciousness and simply feel hazy or dazed. People who do not lose consciousness are often not aware that they have even suffered a brain injury.
Problems Associated With Brain Injuries
Most problems associated with head injuries are neuropsychiatric. Many of these problems go undetected without the use of in-depth examinations and cognitive testing. This includes problems such as:
- Changes to mood or behavior
- Anger outbursts
- Intellectual deficiencies
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
Severe brain injuries can also lead to neurological problems and seizures.
Evaluating A Brain Injury
The evaluation process of a person who is suspected of having suffered a brain injury requires a thorough review of the person’s neurological, psychiatric, and medical condition before and after the injury. Individuals who suffer from prior TBI typically have a slower recovery process and may not regain full functionality.
While it may not always correlate to everyday functioning, neuroimaging could prove useful for mTBI evaluations in some cases. Some imaging modalities that may be used include:
- Computed tomography scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging
- Positron emission tomography scan
- Single-photon emission computerized tomography scan
- Diffusion tensor imaging
Brain Injuries & Truck Accidents
If you believe you may have suffered a brain injury in a truck accident, it is important that you seek out proper medical attention as soon as possible. Remember, even seemingly minor injuries can cause long-term problems if they go untreated. It is important that you receive an evaluation from an expert trained in diagnosing traumatic brain injuries.
At Arnold & Itkin, our truck accident attorneys can evaluate the facts of your case and inform you about your legal rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.