Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious injuries that can result from a big-rig or trucking accident. The repercussions are devastating — it affects the victim, loved ones, and overall quality of life.

TBI is also complex; the range of injury can run from mild to severe, and the difficulty of assessing the true impact of an injury is known only after long-term monitoring. That is why the cost of treating TBI over a patient’s lifetime can run between $85,000 to up to $3 million.

Can you trust the trucking insurance industry to take responsibility for your injuries?

If you or someone you love has recently suffered a head injury due to a trucking accident, you could benefit from speaking to an attorney who has fought for victims just recovering against the commercial truck industry. At Fried Rogers Goldberg, we dedicate 95 percent of our caseload to specifically trucking accidents and commercial vehicle cases.

Speak To An Experienced Brain Injury Attorney

A traumatic brain injury is one of the most devastating — and, sadly, one of the most common — types of personal injury in the U.S. Whether the injury is relatively mild or a catastrophic case that leads to death, the dedicated team at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC, has the experience and knowledge to help you obtain fair compensation in your case.

Learn more about our firm and contact us today by calling (404) 591-1800 for no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We are committed to serving as your advocate, so you can focus on what’s important: healing, and moving on with your life.

Impact of Brain Injuries

The brain is a vulnerable organ. It plays a vital role in all the body’s functions, yet it is one of the most delicate, easily injured parts of the body. For these reasons, traumatic brain injury is a particularly devastating.

If a driver or passenger is lucky enough to survive a crash involving a big rig, 18-wheeler or other large truck, he or she still may have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

When the brain is injured, the most multifaceted organ is hurt.

  • Physical functions may be impaired like awareness of our surroundings and environment, controlling muscle movements, breathing and our internal temperature.
  • Mental functions may be affected as well, specifically feeling, creative thought, plan and memory. When a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs, the entire body can be affected, with the ramifications ranging from mild to severe, depending on the nature of the wound.

If you or your loved one has experienced a trucking accident and is showing symptoms of constant headache or is acting, seek medical attention immediately.

Common Causes of Brain Injuries During Trucking Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people endure a traumatic brain injury every single year. More common than recognized, TBIs can transpire from a magnitude of causes, including falls, assaults and – one of the most common sources –  traffic accidents.

Motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths (26%) for 2006–2010

Trucking accidents can yield devastating brain injuries, due to the size and speed of the vehicle. The IIHS states that commercial trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times more than other automobiles on the road. The impact that such a big-rig truck may have on a smaller vehicle may be enormous.

Passenger vehicles and/or other victims of commercial truck collisions should know that  brain Injuries may arise from

  • Whiplash
  • Physical contact/collision with a stationary object (steering wheel, windshield)
  • Falling object striking victim

Types of Brain Injuries

Did you know?

TBIs are often considered the “silent injury” since some symptoms arise years after an injury?

Each type of brain injury is unique, and carries with it its own symptoms, impacts and healing methods. If you or a loved is involved in a trucking accident, one or more of the following TBIs may have occurred:

  • Concussion – Caused by a direct blow to the head, or from experiencing whiplash
  • Contusion – Often caused from a direct hit to the head, bleeding on the brain is possible
  • Coup-Contrecoup – Contusions that start where the brain is hit, and then move to the other side
  • Diffuse Axonal – Common in trucking accidents, and transpires from shaking or strong rotation of the head
  • Penetration – When a sharp object pushes through skin and into the brain

There are different levels of brain injuries, ranging from mild to moderate to severe. While a mild TBI is less troublesome than the other possible outcomes, brain functioning is still altered, resulting in loss of consciousness.

A person who experiences a mild TBI can frequently recover with the assistance of treatment, while severe traumatic brain injuries usually end in open-head injuries, and the ripping of brain tissue. A severe TBI will require hospitalization and rehabilitation.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

Following a trucking accident, you may not immediately feel pain from your injuries, or even notice symptoms. Therefore, it’s imperative to seek medical assistance. A professional checkup can be beneficial for both your current and future state of health.

Just as the type of brain injury will vary depending on the circumstances of the trucking accident, so will the symptoms of the TBI. Brain injury symptoms fall into many categories, including cognitive, speech and language, sensory, vision, hearing and more.

Cognitive symptoms may include

  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Trouble with paying attention
  • Concentration
  • Preserving memories
  • Processing languages and impulsiveness
  • Speech and language issues often revolve around slurred words, or speaking very fast or slow
  • Problems with reading and writing may occur

Physical complications involved

  • Vision can range from partial to total loss, as well as blurred vision,
  • Vision can also be affected with intolerance of light and involuntary eye movements.
  • Hearing issues may arise with an increased sensitivity to sounds, with the chance of hearing decreasing, or even being lost completely.

Other physical injuries may exhibit themselves through

  • Chronic pain
  • Loss of control of bowels and bladder
  • Sleep disorders
  • Appetite changes

These types of changes are just some examples of TBI symptoms. Social and emotional problems may affect TBI victims, including dependent behaviors, lack of motivation, irritability, aggression and depression.

TBI treatment often requires extensive rehabilitation and extensive medical care. Even after receiving evaluation, it is important to document your treatment and progress. Many TBI victims find it helpful to track day to day symptoms in a notebook or journal. Tracking information not only alerts the patient and healthcare provider about progress, but it may ultimately help with a claim or case.

 

How to Contact a Truck Accident Attorney

After you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, your long-term health depends on your ability to make recovery your focus. The journey is not easy. And while you and your medical partners may be your strongest advocates on behalf of your health, the experienced attorneys at Fried Rogers Goldberg can be powerful allies in a claim or case for your recovery needs.

We understand how difficult this time can be, and we can offer you the best possible support with helping you move forward. Contact our firm today by calling (404) 591-1800 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. With more than 75 years of combined experience, and more than 95% percent of our practice devoted to handling trucking accident cases, we’re the best advocates to fight for you and your rights.