Because of the much larger size of a truck in comparison to a motor vehicle, it is no wonder that victims of a truck accident can suffer serious injuries. A common type of injury that can cause brain damage and long-term changes to a person’s life is a head injury. If you or a loved one suffered a head injury in a wreck caused by a negligent trucker, you may need long-term medical care, assistance with your day-to-day needs, and be unable to return to work. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the at-fault truck driver and trucking company.
What Are Common Head Injuries That You May Sustain in a Truck Collision?
You can suffer an open or closed head injury in a truck accident. An open head injury is one that penetrates or fractures the skull and enters the brain. A closed head injury does not break the skull but can be just as dangerous as an open head injury. Common head injuries include:
- Concussion. A concussion can be caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of it during the crash. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, insomnia, and problems with concentration. While a person will often recover from a concussion, repeated concussions can cause permanent brain damage.
- Skull fracture. A skull fracture is a break in the cranial bone that is caused when a truck accident victim suffers a blow to his head and can also result in damage to the brain. Swelling, facial bruising, bleeding from the nostrils or ears, headache, and nausea are a few of the symptoms of a skull fracture. In some cases, surgery may be required to repair the damage.
- Hematoma. A hematoma is the clotting or collection of blood outside the blood vessels and can lead to pressure building up in the brain. It is a dangerous medical condition that can cause loss of consciousness or permanent brain damage.
- Hemorrhage. A hemorrhage is uncontrollable bleeding that can occur in the brain or skull tissue. It is a life-threatening condition that can lead to a coma or death.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common brain injuries caused in a truck accident. It can cause life-long changes to a person’s vision, hearing, mobility, memory, concentration, reasoning, and more. Many victims who suffer from a TBI are unable to return to work, and taking care of their daily needs can suddenly become very challenging.
If you suffered a head injury in a truck crash, the value of your claim could be greater, especially if you suffered a permanent disability. Our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to explain your legal options and to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Schedule your free initial consultation today by filling out our online form.