When large trucks are involved in a car accident, they can cause significant problems for those involved. Trucks, with their large size and mass, can cause substantial injuries when involved in an accident. These injuries may include traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even minor TBIs can leave victims struggling to move forward with their lives, with symptoms that can linger for weeks and months. In the case of severe TBIs, the associated consequences may permanently impact an injured individual’s life.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In some cases, symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may show up immediately after a truck accident. You may lose consciousness or find yourself confused at the scene of the accident. Other truck accident victims find that symptoms may not show up for hours or even days following the accident. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury may include:
Confusion and disorientation. You may not remember what caused the accident or understand why you are at the scene of an accident. In severe cases, you might lose your memory of the accident entirely.
Nausea and/or vomiting. Traumatic brain injuries may leave you feeling sick to your stomach or struggling with sudden position changes. Vertigo may linger long after the initial accident.
Changes in sensory input. Sounds may seem louder or more annoying when you’ve experienced a TBI. Smells may seem stronger, your vision may waver or blur, and you may struggle to read or to focus on a screen in front of you.
Headache. After a traumatic brain injury, you may suffer ongoing headaches or headaches that increase in severity. Strong sunlight or loud noise may increase headache symptoms, and you may notice that symptoms increase when you experience stress.
Changes in sleep habits. Traumatic brain injuries may cause you to sleep more or suffer more from drowsiness, or they may leave you struggling with insomnia, even if you’ve never struggled with insomnia in the past.
Problems with your memory. You may struggle to remember things that you once knew extremely well, and you may also experience problems with your short-term memory following a TBI.
Concentration difficulties. You may struggle to focus on tasks that usually occupy your full attention. At work or school, you may struggle with paying attention.
Changes in speech patterns. Following a TBI, you may speak faster—in some cases, too fast to understand. Conversely, you may unintentionally speak slowly or with slurred speech. You may struggle to fully understand spoken language or written language, and you may forget common words and phrases. Other people may not understand you as well as they did before your TBI.
Mood changes. You may experience swift mood swings or unusual moods. Traumatic brain injury may leave you struggling with emotional control, and you may notice an increase in depression or anxiety symptoms.
Loss of stamina. Following a traumatic brain injury, you may struggle to take care of the activities that once made up your everyday life. You may grow tired sooner than usual or find yourself unable to complete activities that you once considered simple.
Life With Traumatic Brain Injuries
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury in a truck accident, you may struggle to return to your normal life. While your functionality may never entirely return to the same level as before your truck accident, several common coping mechanisms can make it easier for you to complete everyday tasks. During your recovery, you should listen carefully to your body and consider what you can do and what limitations your injuries have caused. However, some common coping mechanisms can help you accomplish more in spite of your injuries.
- Write things down. If you know memory has become a serious problem for you following your truck accident, write down things you really need to know or any important information. Keeping notes on your phone can ensure that the information will always remain at hand; however, the act of writing things down can make it easier to remember important information.
- Avoid making major decisions. What clothes you wear to an event or what you eat for dinner probably will not impact your life years down the road, but other major decisions—such as choosing whether to leave a current job or accept a new one, for example—could substantially impact your life. Put off those decisions until you have recovered fully from your traumatic brain injury. In the case of important decisions that must be made during your recovery, ask a loved one to help you make responsible choices that you will appreciate in the future.
- Make labels. Label important areas around your home, such as the contents of drawers and cabinets. This simple step may substantially reduce frustration and make it easier for you to locate items in your home, which can make you feel less debilitated by the symptoms of your traumatic brain injury.
- Write down your schedule. If you do not want to write it down or need a better solution, try using a phone app. You can also set timers on your phone to help trigger changes in activity or use alarms to remind you of when you need to take care of specific tasks, including when to take medication or go to bed.
- Break large tasks down into smaller, simpler alternatives. With a traumatic brain injury, you may quickly feel overwhelmed by tasks that feel too large or too complicated. By breaking them down into simpler steps, on the other hand, you can often tackle those tasks without becoming as overwhelmed.
- Leave yourself extra time when needed. After a traumatic brain injury, it may take longer to complete tasks, including tasks that once only took you a few minutes. Learn what tasks now require extra time, and make sure you leave yourself plenty of extra time to take care of those tasks, which will help you avoid causing yourself unnecessary stress.
- Find a routine that works for you. Sticking to a routine can help reduce stress, which can make it easier to decrease symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries.
Call an Attorney for More Information
If you or your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury after a truck accident, you may need an attorney to help you seek compensation for the full cost of your injuries. Most truck accident lawyers offer free consultations where you can discuss your case and your legal options.