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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very serious type of injury. This injury results in a slew of physiological changes to the brain. These changes can be from the physical trauma, but also from the chemical responses to the trauma. A New Mexico 18 wheeler crash is very likely to cause a traumatic brain injury because of the sheer weight and size of the large commercial truck. This means that the tractor trailer has a significant amount of momentum and force. When a person’s brain is injured in an Albuquerque trucking accident resulting in a TBI, there are many different phases of a brain injury which a victim should know about to help gauge what compensation you should obtain for your injury.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer knows that traumatic brain injuries are a very serious type of injury. Victims of traumatic brain injuries may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering from the tractor trailer accident, as well as lost income, lost earnings, medical bills, future medical expenses (surgeries), future care, loss of services/companionship, and many other types of compensation. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a big rig crash, please call us by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you today.
When a large commercial vehicle like a box truck causes a serious head injury, a traumatic brain injury is likely. The damage could be a closed head injury (internal damage to the brain) or an open head injury (damage from a cut or wound from the outside, like a penetrating injury from debris). The severity of the injury depends on the force of the impact and direction of the force, as well as the way the head moves from that force.
With a head injury, the brain will impact different parts of the inside of the skull. This can result in a contusion or damage directly to the brain. This can result in damage to he brain which causes it to deteriorate. This can also result in a bleed, which means that bleeding on the brain can increase the intracranial pressure and can cause damage to the brain from the excess pressure. This is because the brain is in the skull and is a closed system, meaning any bleeding to the brain will increase the amount fluid in that system and result in more damage.
The brain could also sustain injuries from the rapid movement of the impact. Typically people think of a whiplash injury, where the head violently goes forward and backwards. This also sends the brain forwards and backwards, causing it to hit the front and back of the skull (coup-contre coup injury).
In addition, this whiplash and violent movement can cause tears in the actual brain tissue. This can damage the nerves and the axons of the nerves, which are the part of the nerve that branches out to other nerves and forms a chain or highway for signals to go up and down. Injuries here could result in processing errors and even the shutdown of certain parts of the brain.
If you have been seriously injured after an 18 wheeler wreck and have a head injury, your brain may be undergoing significant changes which could result in lifelong impairments. Call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer to learn how we use medical experts to prove what compensation you may be entitled for for you injuries. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. 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.