Accidents involving commercial trucks can result in severe injuries for the occupants of passenger vehicles, due to the size discrepancy between the two vehicles. Many of these injuries will lead to permanent disability, making it essential that you protect your right to compensation by promptly filing a personal injury claim.
Concussions are a minor form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most people with a concussion will eventually make a full recovery within about one week, although a small minority will suffer from post-concussion syndrome. This condition involves symptoms such as headaches, difficulty concentrating, noise and light sensitivity, nausea, and dizziness that persist months after the original injury.
If the truck was traveling at higher speeds, more serious forms of TBI are likely. A severe TBI can cause permanent changes in cognitive function and mood or behavior, as well as the risk of death. Someone with a serious TBI may require around-the-clock care.
A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, is an injury to the small, sponge-like cushions in the spinal column that protect the vertebrae and give the spine flexibility. When these discs are damaged, the result is pain, weakness, numbness, and difficulty completing everyday activities that involve bending and lifting. Disc injuries may also lead to a condition called sciatica, which causes numbness, tingling, and shooting pain in the leg and/or buttock on the affected side of the body.
Injury to the spinal cord can result in paralysis. In a complete injury, the victim loses the ability to feel and voluntarily move below the level of the injury. With an incomplete injury, there is still some level of functioning below the injury site.
Being pinned between parts of the vehicle or having a portion of the body crushed in a commercial truck accident can cause internal bleeding. Damage to the spleen, liver, kidney, bladder, or pancreas requires surgery, as well as IV fluids and a blood transfusion. Death or cardiac arrest can result if treatment isn't received promptly.
Broken bones are common in any vehicle accident but more likely in a commercial truck crash due to the force of impact. Fractures can occur in the collar bone, ribs, arms, wrists, legs, and ankles. Most broken bones will fully heal over time, but some people may require additional surgery if the break doesn't set properly or experience osteoarthritis if the fracture extends into the joints.
Commercial trucks have large fuel tanks. If the tank ruptures, the resulting fire can cause catastrophic burn injuries. Someone with third-degree burns over a large portion of the body will require intensive medical care, as these types of burns can become fatal if infection sets in.
Mental Health Injuries
Although truck accidents are associated with serious physical injuries, there can also be mental health issues after being involved in this type of collision. Victims of commercial truck crashes may suffer from anxiety, depression, or PTSD related to the incident. The risk of mental health injuries increases if the victim had previous mental health concerns, if another vehicle occupant died in the crash, or if the victim has been left permanently disabled.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation After a Truck Accident
Truck accident injuries can create a significant financial burden in the form of medical costs and lost wages, especially if your injuries have resulted in a permanent disability. If your injuries are the result of a commercial driver's negligence, you're entitled to compensation for these economic damages, as well as your pain and suffering.
The best way to protect your right to compensation is to hire a personal injury attorney with experience in handling cases involving commercial truck accidents. Your attorney can gather the necessary evidence to support your case, find expert witnesses to testify on your behalf, and negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you receive the highest possible personal injury settlement.
The experienced legal team at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is committed to helping Louisiana residents who've suffered serious truck accident injuries receive the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. Contact us onlilne or call us directly at 318.541.8188 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review at one of our six convenient office locations throughout the state.