Driving a vehicle comes with huge responsibilities ranging from following the speed limit to observing other drivers on the road. In some cases, crashes occur when truck drivers fail to properly follow procedures or drive in some other negligent manner that puts others at risk.
If you have been involved in a crash with a semi-truck or commercial vehicle and want to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries, please do not hesitate to contact the Houston truck accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns.
Securing legal aid is especially important if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion as a result of the accident. If you are unsure if you have suffered a concussion, then please consider the following information.
Symptoms of a Concussion After a Truck Accident
A concussion is a brain injury that affects the manner in which your brain normally functions.
Because of the sheer size of semi-trucks, the impact of an accident can cause a victim’s brain to essentially slam into their skull, causing a wide range of symptoms and effects. It’s worth noting that each individual case is different; for some, a low-grade concussion can still result in life-long issues, while for others, a severe concussion or traumatic brain injury may heal within a relatively short time.
If you believe you or your loved one have suffered a TBI or concussion, then please keep an eye out on the following symptoms. Recognizing these signs can truly save a life:
1. Losing Consciousness
Victims may potentially lose consciousness as a result of the impact or them hitting their head somewhere within the vehicle (i.e. steering wheel). A blackout is a sign that you may have suffered serious trauma.
However, it is worth noting that not EVERY concussion or traumatic brain injury will lead to unconsciousness. This is especially important to recognize as many people may not seek the medical treatment they need under the false belief that they did NOT suffer a concussion because they didn’t black out. This is simply a myth and can lead to irreparable damage.
If you begin to feel nauseous, dizzy, or are experiencing a profound sensitivity to light or noise, or began vomiting, these could be warning signs that you have suffered a concussion.
3. Confusion & Amnesia
At times, the signs of a concussion do not appear until days after the incident.
If after a few days your loved one seems to be confused, cannot recall certain events that happened after the accident, or is having difficulty concentrating on the task at hand, do not ignore these symptoms. Seek out medical care immediately to prevent further injury.
4. Constant Sleeping
An after effect of a TBI or concussion could be the desire to fall asleep immediately or the individual continually sleeping. This is the brain’s attempt to begin healing. If you notice that you or your loved one are having changes to your sleeping pattern, then seek medical attention.
5. Changes To Mood or Personality
Severe concussions can result in changes to an individual’s mood and personality. A generally calm individual can become highly aggressive, angry, and confrontational. If you notice that you are suffering from constant mood swings, then you may be suffering from a concussion caused by your truck accident.
6. Constant Headaches
If your headache won’t go away or begins to worsen, please seek medical attention. Severe headaches may also be accompanied by blurry vision.
A truly severe concussion can result in seizures. This is a serious medical condition that can lead to permanent disability if not adequately treated.
Regardless of what symptoms you may be facing, it is absolutely vital to your personal well being that you seek out the necessary medical attention to stop your concussion or traumatic brain injury from becoming a bigger issue.
Have you suffered a traumatic brain injury or other damages as the result of a truck accident? The Texas truck accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns are ready to deliver the results you deserve.
A concussion or TBI can lead to life-long medical issues. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to recover compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation services, pain and suffering, as well as emotional and mental trauma.