Truck Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Most of the semi-truck accidents result in traumatic injuries to the victims. Whenever there is a plentitude force to cause any type of injury, the victim must be screened for traumatic brain injury. The brain is the most susceptible part of the body. The brain is composed of a gel-like substance that sits inside the skull. The skull has rough ridges, especially in the area just inside the nose, referred to as the cribriform plate. Whenever there is a significant change in velocity of the head and neck, the brain bounces back and forth inside the skull. The change in velocity often includes rotational forces, which can result in increased damage. This movement of the brain can result in shearing of axons within the brain.

Neurons are the fundamental building blocks within the brain. Neurons are composed of the cell body (dendrites), axon, and presynaptic terminal. The role of the axons is to transfer electricity from one end to another. Shearing of the axon prevents this flow of electricity. Human brains typically contain an estimated 86-100 billion neurons. Damage to just one axon on one neuron can result in an exponential disruption in brain activity because neurons communicate with hundreds of other neurons.

Mild traumatic brain injury is often missed by medical professionals. In fact, a recent study concluded that mild TBI is missed more often than it is properly diagnosed. Unfortunately, medical professionals have often failed to obtain proper education on mild TBI because they had gone to medical school before recent developments that have occurred in the last ten years. The accurate diagnosis of mild TBI also requires the physician to spend a significant amount of time with their patients. It also requires the physician to listen to their patients. Physicians with time and physicians that are good listeners are both in short supply.

The following is a list of common symptoms following brain injury:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Bothered by noise
  • Bothered by light
  • Irritability
  • Loss of temper easily
  • Memory difficulty
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Personality
  • Emotional Volatility
  • Wide mood swings
  • Decreased judgment
  • Negative attitudes
  • Argumentative
  • Tactlessness
  • Apathy
  • Fearfulness
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Immature behavior
  • Loss of sense of self
  • Reduced stress tolerance
  • Depression
  • Personality changes
  • Temper problems
  • Explosive irrational anger
  • More suspicious, paranoid
  • Defensive
  • Impatience
  • Loss of initiative
  • Drop in self-esteem
  • Sudden emotional outbursts
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Attributes bad motives to others
  • Decreased attention span
  • Confusion
  • Stuttering
  • General processing ability
  • Decreased ability to plan
  • Word-finding difficulty
  • Decreased perception
  • Difficulty expressing self
  • Loss of sense of purpose
  • Slower thinking
  • Slower reading
  • Loss of creativity
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Difficulty understanding others
  • Decreased academic functioning (reading, spelling, math, etc.)
  • Decreased comprehension
  • Problems understanding ideas
  • Loss of intelligence
  • Change in sense of smell
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in ears
  • Nausea
  • Vision problems – focusing or blank spots
  • Coordination problems
  • Sense of taste or food preference altered
  • Sleep disturbance

If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms following a semi-truck crash, then you should see a doctor and provide them with a list of your symptoms. You will also need an experienced truck accident lawyer to represent you.

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