Protect Your Rights After an Oregon Trucking Accident Causing a Concussion Costs You Big
One of the most severe types of personal injuries after any type of motor vehicle accident is a traumatic brain injury. Also known as a TBI, a traumatic brain injury affects the way the brain functions and could have permanent, debilitating effects. One of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries is a concussion. While most people have heard of a concussion through the recent news in sports, particularly football, an Oregon trucking accident causing a concussion is much different. This is because of the large size and heavyweight of a commercial vehicle like a semi-tractor trailer, delivery van, logging truck, or other 18 wheeler which generate significant momentum. These massive vehicles causing concussions simply are not comparable to another football player hitting a victim.
When a person suffers a concussion after an Oregon trucking accident, he or she may be entitled to damages. Under Oregon law, damages is the measure of relief that a party may recover in a lawsuit. In a personal injury action such as in Oregon trucking accident, damages are typically pecuniary. Therefore, victims in an organ trucking accident may be entitled to the following monetary compensation:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings of unable to return to the same job due to disability
- Loss of consortium or loss of services and affection loved ones and family members
- Medical bills and future medical expenses
- Expenses for nursing care, including around-the-clock care when older
- Property damage
- Therapy needs, including physical therapy, speech therapy, vocational therapy, and other types of related therapy
- Medication cost, and
- Many other common expenses.
What is a Concussion?
The CDC defines a concussion as “a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twisting the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching are damaging brain cells.” This damage to the brain is working cause dysfunction. It is similar to an impact on the muscle which causes bruising and soreness, however the brain does not heal in the same way as a muscle does.
Rather, the brain generally suffers some type of permanent injury which results in the dysfunction. Sometimes this dysfunction causes temporary or minor disability, however other times it can cause permanent and debilitating disability. Unfortunately, the brain does not always have injuries which show up on imaging studies. The brain also does not heal like a broken bone or torn muscle. In fact, researchers still do not understand all of the brain’s mysteries including how it heals itself or why it will not heal itself after certain injuries.
Debilitating Effects from Concussions
Concussions are a rather difficult type of traumatic brain injury to figure out and assess. This is because concussions are well known and many people do not take them seriously, including some healthcare providers. Unfortunately, this could result in serious injury of a permanent nature to innocent victims. Are Oregon trucking accident lawyer knows that all concussions must be treated seriously and aggressively to prevent further damage and permanent damage. When healthcare providers fail to do so, it can result in debilitating effects from concussions. In other instances, the severity of an Oregon trucking accident could already resulted in debilitating effects.
Some of the most debilitating effects from an Oregon trucking accident causing a concussion include the following:
- Memory loss
- Speech impairments
- Severe headaches and debilitating migraines
- Inability to focus
- Issues with problem-solving, including basic functioning
- Hazy or fogged thinking
- Difficulty performing basic functions, including brushing teeth or operating a motor vehicle
- Difficulty eating, drinking, or swallowing
- Issues with balance or coordination
- Trouble with voluntary movement
- Involuntary movement such as tremors or shakes
- Seizure disorders or epilepsy
- Brain believes and other serious injuries inside of the head
- Inability to return to one’s prior job or career
- Need for permanent and around-the-clock nursing care, even for basic hygiene or living assistance, and
- Many other common issues.
If an Oregon Trucking Accident Caused a Concussion, Ask Our Law Firm For Help
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.