Truck accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries or even death. The large size and weight of a commercial truck, when pitted against a passenger car, light truck or SUV, presents an immediate risk of considerable harm to occupants in the smaller vehicle. Even when a truck accident victim suffers "minor" injuries, however, these may have long-lasting consequences. Whiplash, for example, can lead to years of pain and limited movement. This makes seeking immediate medical care of the utmost importance in the aftermath of an accident, even if you feel you are not seriously injured.
With head trauma, spinal injuries and neck injuries, it is far too easy to shrug off the pain and try to continue with your everyday life. Or, you may feel no pain at first, only to then experience excruciating pain and stiffness hours or even days after the accident. With these seemingly minor injuries, you need to take care to seek treatment and also financial compensation that can help you deal with any long-term effects.
Let's take a look at a few of the typical injuries that may seem minor, but that can have a profound influence on a victim's life.
- Whiplash is the injury most frequently associated with traffic accident. This is a soft-tissue neck injury that can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, sometimes radiating through the shoulder and upper arm. Depending on the severity of the damage to the tendons, muscles and nerves in the neck area, a person who has suffered whiplash in a truck accident may experience debilitating pain and even an inability to perform normal, day-to-day tasks.
- Facial and dental injuries, even when they seem superficial or minor, may have long-term consequences. Impact to the face may mean that the skull or brain suffered trauma as well, and as such it is important to seek medical treatment for facial injuries of any kind. If you have experienced injuries to your teeth or jaw, you should seek help from a dentist or dental surgeon who can help you avoid lasting pain, tooth deterioration and infection.
- Head trauma may occur in a truck accident, even without physical evidence of the impact in the form of a contusion or laceration. Any dizziness, headache, nausea or confusion after an accident should be carefully monitored, as it may be evidence of a head injury. Immediate medical attention is highly recommended to properly diagnose a concussion or other brain injury.
- Spinal injuries also have the potential to cause lasting problems if they are not properly diagnosed and treated after a collision. Do not ignore back pain or soreness, or consider that the pain will simply go away. See a doctor and make sure you are evaluated for any injury to your spine or spinal cord. These injuries require immediate treatment to avoid lasting pain, stiffness, numbness and even other highly serious consequences like partial or total paralysis.
Injured in a truck accident in or around Houston? Stern Law Group may be able to help you seek financial compensation for your injuries, minor to severe. Remember, even "minor" injuries may generate significant medical bills and may have a major influence on your work, personal life and physical abilities. Recovering maximum compensation will be your best chance at getting the medical care and financial support you need to rebuild your life.