Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Esq., of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Westborough, Mass., discusses mild traumatic brain injuries and the risk they pose to the motoring public when they are involved in car crashes – especially crashes involving semi trucks. Bassett covers what you should know regarding this “silent epidemic”. This article was originally published in TruckAccident Magazine, and includes valuable details the public should know.
Recently there has been much publicity about high school, college and professional athletes who sustain concussions while playing football or hockey. Experts now agree that concussions can cause irreversible and debilitating brain damage. If a 300-pound tackle can cause a serious concussion, it is not hard to imagine the damage that can be caused to an un-helmeted driver of a car who is rear-ended by an 80,000-pound truck traveling at 60 miles per hour!
Each year in the United States approximately 1.3 million people sustain mild traumatic brain injuries. If you or a family member is injured in a truck accident one of the most serious injuries that can go undiagnosed and untreated is a mild traumatic brain injury. These injuries are known as the “silent epidemic.”
If you suffer a penetrating head injury or a closed head injury that renders you unconscious for an extended period of time, the emergency doctors will test and treat you immediately for a possible brain injury. However, if you are not unconscious when the emergency team arrives or if you are not bleeding from head wounds, the EMTs will likely focus on keeping you perfectly still because any movement of the head, neck or back could result in paralysis or death. A mild traumatic brain injury may go unnoticed until weeks later when a close family member notices changes in your cognitive abilities, personality and emotional functioning.
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