Given their immense size and monstrous mass, accidents involving tractor trailers, semi trucks, and other large commercial vehicles often lead to grave injury and even death. Over 140,000 individuals a year are injured in accidents between a passenger vehicle and a big rig. Approximately 4,000 people perish in such accidents annually.
Undoubtedly, large truck accidents can leave a path of destruction in their wake, destroying vehicles and lives. The following is a look at the aftermath of a truck accident and the injuries one may sustain from a tractor trailer accident.
Common Injuries Following a Truck Accident
Large truck accidents can lead to serious injury. Our Miami truck accident lawyers know their potential for long-term, disabling injuries is far greater than a crash between two passenger vehicles. Some of the most common injuries stemming from large truck accidents include:
• Brain and head injuries–these injuries are among the most serious and debilitating of all injuries sustained by truck accident victims. Symptoms of head injuries following an accident include loss of memory, chronic headaches, vision chances, and changes in cognition or pre-injury mental capacity. Brain and head injuries can range from concussions, bleeding, bruising, and swelling of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are extremely serious and hold the potential to cause loss of quality of life and long-term mental impairments. In our firm, we speak with the victim’s family and close friends and ask them if they have noticed any changes in the injured person’s behavior. If so, we ask that the client be evaluated by a neurologist who in turn may order more studies and refer the patient to a neuropsychologist who is trained in testing and diagnosing TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries). All too often, a client will not be aware of or will down play their symptoms. We have found that these few extra steps, which our frm takes, are well worth the time and energy. We try to have these conversations outside the presence of our client, but, with their permission, as family members, friends, employers, teachers, etc. are usually more comfortable talking about their observations
• Neck injuries–truck accident victims often suffer from neck injuries. These injuries can range from the relatively minor whiplash to more serious injuries like cervical herniation, fractures, subluxations and of course, the worst injury of them all, a severed or severely damaged spinal cord.
• Back and spinal cord injuries–the spinal cord and back are vulnerable parts of the body that can experience severe injury in the event of a crash. Spinal cord injuries can cause loss of feeling or function in the legs, arms, or other extremities. Compression of the spinal cord, as often occurs in a truck accident, can cause extreme pain, loss of range of motion, and even partial or total paralysis. General back injuries can cause pain and limit both mobility and the ability to fulfill work obligations and interfere with a person’s activities of daily living.
• Internal injuries–the impact of a truck accident can cause internal organ injuries, including damage to the heart, liver, kidney, spleen, and lungs. These injuries are often life threatening and require immediate medical treatment. Recovering from these traumatic injuries can require transplants or intensive rehabilitation. It is not uncommon for lifelong effects to be felt from a truck accident that causes internal injuries.
• Broken bones–broken or fractured bones are painful and serious breaks can cause a host of medical problems if they are not treated properly or if they do not heal correctly.
• Amputation or loss of a body part–one of the most devastating injuries that can result from a serious truck accident is the loss of a body part or limb. These injuries will require long-term physical therapy, prosthetics, and often involve psychological trauma.
• Burns or other injuries due to toxic chemicals–large commercial trucks are often hauling hazardous or flammable materials. In the event of an accident, the occupants of the passenger vehicle may be exposed to such chemicals or burned by ensuing fires. Burns can result in much pain and permanent disfigurement. Inhalation of toxic chemicals can lead to permanent lung damage and the full effects may not be evident for years to come.
• Death–the most serious outcome of any trucking accident is death.
In each and every case our office handles we make it a practice to go over each and every complaint our client has from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet. We do this because patients fail to tell their physician all of their complaints, thinking that what they are feeling is not related to the injuries received in their case. We are not doctors but we explain to the client to let the doctor know because he/she may feel that there is a relation. For example, a person complaining of lower back pain may not tell their doctor that they are having tingling or numbness in their leg. By telling the doctor this, they can examine the patient and determine the cause of the complaint.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Serious Representation for the Most Serious Accidents
If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking accident, contact the South Florida law office of Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have aggressively represented the victims of trucking accidents across South Florida. Our commitment to excellence of legal services has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firm, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation at our main office, your home or hospital, or anywhere you want including making an appointment at one of the offices we use to meet clients by appointment only.