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A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a serious type of brain injury. It can be caused by a New Mexico trucking accident which is significant enough to rattle the brain, impact the brain, pierce the brain, or otherwise cause damage to the brain from trauma, shaking, or swelling. Brain injuries are common in 18 wheeler wrecks because of the sheer amount of force that a large commercial truck such as a big rig, semi tractor trailer, or other large box truck could cause. Some TBIs are serious enough to cause vision issues, particularly accidents resulting in violent shaking of the head or impacts to the back of the head.
If you or a loved on have suffered vision issues due to a TBI or other brain injury after a New Mexico trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, lost earnings, and other damages. Please call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE appointment and consultation.
Your brain has many important functions and controls all sensory perception. It does this by processing information from certain nerves and translating that taste, sound, or an image. In fact, the back of your brain is dedicated for primarily just vision. That is the occipital lobe and it is crucial for interpreting what your eyes see and creating that into a picture. This is why you may have heard before that a blow to the back of the head makes you see stars. That is actually true and grounded in medicine because impact to the occipital lobe may cause scattered images or blackness for a moment.
There are two main types of vision issues caused by a TBI which could be due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company. They are the following:
Visual Acuity Loss – This is the clarity of the image and ranges from mild fuzz to complete blindness. This is when there is damage to the eye, optic nerve from eye to your occipital lobe, or damage to the visual cortex in the occipital lobe. This may be treated with corrective eyewear like glasses or contacts, but in other instances it cannot be repaired at all and may result in total blindness or complete loss of focus.
Visual Field Loss – This is when the field of vision is reduced. It usually is to the peripheral or sides of your vision as opposed to vertically up ad down, but it could be in either direction. This type of injury is much harder to correct and usually permanent. The use of glasses or contacts generally does not help extend vision, although there are some options still. This damage is usually permanent and usually devastating to individuals who relay on driving for their employment or lives.
If your or a loved one have suffered vision issues due to a TBI after a New Mexico trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer to learn what you may be entitled to and how our law firm can help you. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.