After a person has been involved in a truck accident, they often have questions and concerns about what the future holds for them and may ask themselves “what should I do if I my symptoms don’t improve?” People may report feeling okay in the moments immediately after a truck crash when the body releases chemicals like adrenaline or endorphins which can mask pain, or, the pain can develop over time. Sometimes it may take several days or even months for symptoms fully to develop.
Headaches, sensitivity to light, ringing in the ears, difficulty thinking, behavior or attitude changes are all tell-tale signs of traumatic brain injury.
Here is a list of the most common myths regarding traumatic brain injuries after truck accidents:
Myth No. 1 – Traumatic Brain Injury doesn’t just go away.
The name traumatic brain injury itself is misleading. “Injury” implies a temporary condition that people make a full recovery from. “Damage” is a more accurate term. Recent medical literature establishes the majority of people who have suffered from traumatic brain damage never make a full recovery, even if the damage is classified as “mild.”
Indeed, according to a recent article published in the Journal of American Medical Association Neurology, the majority of patients who presented at hospital trauma centers continued to have symptoms and difficulties past one year from the date of the injury. The article is entitled “Traumatic Brain Injury in Patients Presenting to US Level I Trauma Centers: A Transforming Research and Clinical Research in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) Study, and is available at this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31157856
Myth No 2: A loss of consciousness is required for a person to suffer traumatic brain damage.
It has become apparent that a person need not be “knocked out” to suffer a traumatic brain injury. They can suffer damage, even if they are become daed or confused. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557
Myth No. 3: A person must exhibit positive findings on a CT scan at the initial visit to the Emergency Department.
Studies have shown that most patients who have suffered head trauma with a brief loss of consciousness or less exhibit positive finding on a head CT Scan at the initial visit to the emergency room or hospital. More detailed studies, however, like an MRI may reveal evidence of axonal shearing.
Medical science has been ill-equipped until recent years to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury. However, recent breakthroughs have occurred as a result of the evidence that was uncovered as a result of the NFL injuries, in those players who suffered Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Amazingly, the majority of those players who had suffered massive head damages showed no positive findings on brain imaging studies whatsoever.
Myth No. 4: Traumatic Brain Injury is an “event” whereby occurs is an instant and is evident at the onset of the crash.
Instead, it is more accurately described as a “process” whereby a cascade of effects occur similar to a “domino effect.”
As described in the discharge papers of most hospitals, even if traumatic brain damage is not diagnosed at the initial hospital visit, the symptoms often progress and develop over time.
That is why patients are warned to seek follow up treatment if they develop any of the following symptoms following a truck crash. The following a list of symptoms to look for from a major regional hospital discharge paper:
“Note about concussion
Even without a definite head injury, you can still get a concussion from your head suddenly jerking forward, backward or sideways when falling. Concussions and even bleeding can still occur, especially if you have had a recent injury or take blood thinner. It is common to have a mild headache and feel tired even nauseous or dizzy.
The strong forces from a car accident can sometimes cause a concussion (mild traumatic brain injury). You don’t have the symptoms of a concussion at this time. But these can show up later. For this reason, you may be told to watch for symptoms of concussion once you’re home. Seek emergency medical care if you develop any of the symptoms below over the next hours to days:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Unusual sleepiness or grogginess
- Trouble falling asleep
- Personality changes
- Vision changes
- Memory loss
- Trouble walking or clumsiness
- Loss of consciousness (even for a short time)
- Inability to be awakened
These symptoms have also been endorsed by a leading diagnostic tool, entitled the “Philadelphia Head Injury Questionnaire” which also seeks to identify questions to ask patients to rule out or rule in the existent of a traumatic brain injury.
It is important for you to seek immediate medical treatment and document any symptoms you might have that might indicate you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a truck accident or heavy equipment incident.