A semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and can be about 70 feet in length. When these heavy vehicles are involved in an accident, the force they exert on those involved is significant and dangerous. Traumatic head injuries are a frequent topic brought up during truck accidents. These injuries occur because a person’s head is typically shaken violently from the impact of a truck.
Common Truck accident head injuries include the following:
The injuries listed above are serious and can cause a person to suffer from noticeable symptoms. However, one of these severe injuries is dangerous because of the unseen damage they can cause to accident survivors. Concussions occur when the head absorbs the impact of a strong blow. These injuries can sometimes go undetected but can cause serious side effects after an accident or years later after if another concussion occurs. Notably, concussions can occur even if the head is not the recipient of an accident’s force. Force only needs to be exerted on another part of the body, including the face, neck, or elsewhere.
Symptoms of a Concussion
Loss of Consciousness
Those suffering from a concussion may lose consciousness because of their injury. However, about 90 percent of those who suffer a concussion do not lose consciousness. A person should seek medical attention even if they remained conscious during and after their accident. Concussion symptoms are not always obvious immediately after they happen.
The side effects of a concussion are not always obvious immediately after an accident. A concussed person might take days to realize that they do not remember things with clarity. Those who have trouble recalling simple facts, concentrating on tasks, or find themselves confused about dates should consult with a doctor.
Nausea & Ringing in the Ears
A concussed person will often feel nauseous, dizzy, or vomit immediately after a truck accident. These early signs of a concussion and should be taken very seriously. Additionally, a head injury can cause someone to hear ringing in their ears or “see stars.” These early signs of a concussion should also be shared with a medical professional as soon as possible.
Mood changes are one of the long-term effects of a concussion. A concussed person might notice that they are quick to anger, irritable, or anxious for no obvious reason after an accident.
Disrupted sleeping patterns are another long-term effect of concussions. If a person notices that they are unable to sleep or feel unrested in the morning, they should visit a doctor as soon as possible.
A person suffering from a concussion might suffer from persistent headaches or one that gets worse over time. These headaches are sometimes accompanied by blurred vision.
One of the most dramatic symptoms of a concussion is seizures. While the severity of a concussion is not always evident from symptoms, seizures are often a sign that a person is suffering from significant head injuries.
If You Suffered a Truck Accident Concussion, You Need the Help of an Attorney
As mentioned above, the symptoms of a concussion are not always obvious. If a person believes that they are suffering from a concussion, then they should immediately visit a doctor. Doing this will create an early medical record an assist with any personal injury claims made for the accident. Even if a person does not believe they have head injuries after a crash, they should still visit a doctor and receive the certainty a medical exam provides.
Concussed individuals need an attorney who knows how to deal with traumatic brain injuries. Since they are not always obvious, an attorney will be prepared to have a client examined by professionals who will diagnose injuries. Besides provided resources for medical exams, an experienced lawyer will help determine the long-term care a client requires. This information will inform the claims process and help an accident survivor receive the compensation that they need for their injuries.
Arnold & Itkin has won billions of dollars for those suffering after serious truck accidents. Whether you are a driver suffering from a negligent employer or were inside of a car when a truck hit you, our team is ready to help. We'll examine your case from every angle to fight for the compensation that you need. No one should suffer a concussion because of the negligence of another person, and we are ready to hold them accountable.
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