Brain stem injuries affect over one million Americans every year. Unfortunately, a semi accident creates the perfect environment for a head injury: heavy impact, high speeds, and the likelihood that a driver’s head will be thrown backward in the crash.
In addition to extreme trauma, your loved one will often suffer a brain stem injury due to the prolonged loss of oxygen to the brain. These types of injuries are particularly dangerous because they may feel fine immediately after the accident, suffering symptoms hours or days later due to intracranial bleeding and swelling of the brain.
Many of the body’s internal controls are regulated in the brain stem. If the trauma is severe enough, your loved one may be unable to control their own vital responses, including:
- Breathing. They may require the use of a respirator for temporary or long-term use.
- Consciousness. Brain stem injury patients in Texas may lose consciousness or go “in and out” of a conscious state for weeks or months after the accident occurs.
- Heart rate. Patients may need pacemakers to help them control their pulse rates or make their heartbeat regular.
- Attention and concentration. If they regain consciousness, they may have trouble concentrating or reacting to family members.
- Sleep and wake cycles. A brain stem injury may cause a patient to sleep for long periods or suffer from insomnia, creating a broken sleep pattern.
Our truck crash attorneys know that brain injuries usually result in serious complications, including behavioral, cognitive, or physical impairments. Many people will cope with the effects of a brain stem injury for the rest of their lives, suffering partial or complete physical disability, coma, or even a minimally responsive, vegetative state.
If someone you love has suffered a head injury in a wreck involving an 18-wheeler, we can help you get compensation for your medical costs and more. Call us today at (877) 724-7800 to discuss your case with one of our experienced Texas injury attorneys.