A catastrophic truck accident can leave you and the people you love with devastating injuries. However, sometimes the most serious injury is the one you cannot see. Injuries to the head, neck, and spine can be extremely severe, but might not have obvious signs. Symptoms may not even appear for a few days.
Seven out of every eight Americans affected by a head injury never see a doctor for proper examination or treatment. Do not leave yourself vulnerable to complications or worse outcomes because you avoided proper treatment.
The Consequences of a Truck Injury Can Be Severe
Traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Every year, nearly 90,000 people are permanently disabled due to brain injuries, and approximately 60,000 are killed by these invisible injuries. Make sure when you see your physician, you receive a complete and comprehensive examination.
A strong blow to the head can cause a concussion. In worse cases, you can suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI). The symptoms of TBI can range from mild to severe, but may include the following:
- Loss of consciousness – which can last for seconds or minutes
- Confusion or disorientation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive tiredness
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Trouble recognizing things or people
- Mood swings or personality changes
- Seizures or convulsions
- Muscle weakness
- Clear fluid draining from the ears or nose
- Slurred speech
- Unusual or disorganized behavior
Make sure to tell your doctor about any of these symptoms, because they could be signs of severe injury.
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Injuries to the neck and back can be just as severe. While your brain is responsible for everything that you think or feel, your spinal cord is responsible for getting all thoughts and commands to the rest of the body – and taking signals back to the brain. The thin, fragile nerves that run through your spine are extremely fragile and can be pinched or severed by injury to the back or spine. Any spinal cord injury (SCI) has the potential to leave devastating effects. Additionally, the higher-up the injury is on your spine, the more of your body will be affected. The symptoms of SCI can include:
- Loss of feeling
- Pins-and-needles sensation
- Discomfort or pain
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Sexual dysfunction
- Muscle weakness
If you are suffering any of these symptoms, make sure to talk to your doctor. Some of these might not be obvious immediately after the accident and could take a few days to appear.
Do not stop monitoring your injuries after the accident, and make sure to keep in touch with your physician about any changes in your condition. Also keep your family on the lookout – you might not be able to recognize some of these symptoms on your own.
Keeping a Record
After a serious accident, your health and emotional needs may seem overwhelming. You and your family may face tough medical choices, accumulate piles of bills, and feel uncertain about your future. Throughout that process, it is important to have a physician you are comfortable with, and an attorney who can help you keep the proper records for your case.
It is vital to keep in touch with your physician and make sure that medical records are available. This will later come in handy as proof of what you had to spend on medical treatment. It will also show your doctor’s notes about your care and the cause of your injuries, as proof that they were caused by the accident.
It is also important to keep your own records. Keep a journal of your injuries. Record how they affect you and your daily life. Make sure to document what medications and treatments are prescribed, and keep a record of anything beyond that that you seek.
The Proper Care May Require More than a Doctor
Whether you were the one who was injured, or you lost a loved one to a crash, you may need more than just physical care. Seeing a mental health counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist – or even seeking religious counseling – may be just what you need to get over the injury or loss. Do not hesitate to get the mental and emotional care you need, either.
Focus on getting better and leave the legal aspects to an experienced truck accident attorney. Reiff and Bily’s The Truck Accident Team has the experience and skill to help you through recovery after a traumatic accident with a truck. Without an attorney on your side, you may be missing important records and information that could help your case. For a consultation, contact us through our website or by calling (800) 896-6173.