Common Injuries After a Truck Accident
Because truck accidents are often so severe, the injuries that accompany them are almost always severe as well. These injuries might leave you unable to work and may lead to a big pile of medical bills that you may feel buried under.
An experienced truck accident injury lawyer can help you recover compensation if you suffer these or other injuries:
Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are quite common after large truck accidents, and they can be devastating. There are two general types of brain injuries: open and closed. Open brain injuries occur when the cranium cracks, fractures or breaks, exposing the brain. This type of brain injury is always severe.
Closed brain injuries are much more common, and range from mild to severe. The most common type of closed brain injury is a concussion, which occurs when the brain impacts the inside of the skull. However, you may also suffer from brain bleeds and other injuries. While mild brain injuries are typically self-healing, more severe brain injuries can lead to lifelong complications or death.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can happen in the back or the neck. The location and severity of the injury will determine its effects on you. For example, a spinal cord injury in the neck could leave you totally paralyzed, either temporarily or permanently. However, a similar injury in the lower back may only impact your ability to walk.
The severity of the injury will also play a role. For instance, a swollen or bruised disc of cartilage can temporarily squeeze or impact the nerves, leading to temporary paralysis and other issues. However, a cracked or fractured vertebrae may sometimes be able to be healed, but can often lead to permanent disability.
Facial injuries are common in truck accidents. This is because facial injuries most often occur due to airbags. Your airbags are designed to soften the blow by preventing you from hitting your head on other hard surfaces, like your steering wheel or dashboard.
Unfortunately, though airbags are softer than other surfaces, they can still be serious. You may suffer broken bones, bruises, and cuts. In some cases, you may need stitches or even surgery to repair these related injuries.