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Internal Injuries from New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes Can Cause Serious Internal Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents can cause very serious personal injuries, particularly high-speed crashes or trucking collisions.  One type of very serious personal injury is an internal injury.  These types of injuries can range from brain injuries to ruptured organs, and even just internal bleeding which can be deadly.  The problem with internal injuries is that they do not always manifest symptoms, meaning that a patient can be seriously injured and leave the scene of an accident with getting treatment because he or she does not think there is an injury.  But later, there could be life-threatening complications.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico motor vehicle accident and suffered internal injuries in Albuquerque, Law Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Gallup, or any other place in New Mexico, call the experienced New Mexico motor vehicle crash attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation for your injuries.  Receive a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 and learn what your rights are now!

Types of Internal Injuries Caused by New Mexico Motor Vehicle Collisions

There are many different types of internal injuries which could be caused by New Mexico motor vehicle accidents.  This includes some very serious personal injuries which could kill a victim without warning.  Some common types of internal injuries following a motor vehicle crash include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Fractured ribs;
  • Internal hemorrhaging or bleeding;
  • Ruptured organ;
  • Liver damage;
  • Kidney damage
  • Brain bleeding or hemorrhaging;
  • Punctured lung;
  • Aorta damage, aneurysm, or rupture;
  • Crushed pelvis;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries such as narrowing of the spinal canal; and
  • Many other types of serious internal injuries.

Victims can be Compensated for Internal Injuries in New Mexico Crashes

A victim injured in a New Mexico motor vehicle crash suffering internal injuries can receive compensation for a variety of damages.  The most common is pain and suffering, which is broken down into past pain and suffering (from the point of the accident to settlement or trial) and future pain and suffering (from the point of settlement or trial to the end of a patient’s life expectancy).

Financial expenses such as lost wages is also common, which is the amount of money that a victim would have earned had he or she not been injured.  This is just lost time from work caused by the accident and the healing or treatment.  Lost earnings is also a type of injury, which is the lost earning that a victim would have earned but can no longer perform the same job and therefore has lost earnings.  Said differently, a victim can no longer perform the same job and has to take a new job at a lower pay.

Medical expenses, treatment, bills, surgeries, and other medically-related expenses is also a type of damage which can be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit.

Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to Learn About Your Rights to Compensation for Internal Injuries in a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

May is National Bike Safety Month: NM Bicycle Accident Attorney Explains

- Mark Caruso

May is National Bike Safety Month: Learn How to Avoid Danger and Hear About Your Rights If you Were Injured in a New Mexico Bicycle Crash

Many people enjoy cycling on the roads throughout the country, including New Mexico.  In fact, cycling has increased in popularity and brought many more people to the roadways.  “Share the road” is also a slogan during this time of year which is meant to bring awareness to motorists so they remember to lookout for bicyclists on the roadway.  To this extent, May is National Bike Safety Month to further bring safety tips to motorists and bicyclists alike.

This is because a cyclist can be very serious injured in a motor vehicle accident, particularly with a large commercial truck such as a trailer truck, tanker, 18 wheeler, big rig, or other truck.  A cyclists lacks the protections of others on the roadway.  Motorists in cars have steel walls and airbags to protect them.  Truck drivers sit up high in a cabin and also surrounded in a steel shell.  Even motorcyclists have roll cage and slide bars to help prevent some serious injury.

The statistics show that cycling is a very dangerous sport on the roadways.  In fact, according to the National Safety Council, over 500,000 people were treated in an emergency department for injuries while riding a bicycle.  For reference, football had almost 400,000.  If you or a loved one were injured in a New Mexico bicycle crash, call our experienced personal injury attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by calling (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

There are some tips and advice that every bicyclists should know to help lower the risks of being involved in a New Mexico bicycle accident.  These include the following types:

  • Be visible and use bright colors that do not blend in with your surroundings;
  • Know how to ride your bike and know its capabilities;
  • Always stop at intersections and when crossing, especially at stop signs or traffic lights;
  • Make sure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors on the sides and back;
  • Never hitch onto vehicles;
  • Use hand signals when turning;
  • Ride single file—never double up;
  • Ride in the direction of traffic;
  • Always be aware of pedestrians coming out of parked cars or at intersections;
  • Watch for car door opening;
  • Know the traffic laws for cyclists;
  • Use a headlight and rear light;
  • Have a horn or bell loud enough to get the attention of a driver; and
  • Many others.

Common Injuries from New Mexico Bicycle Crashes

When a bicyclists is hit by a motor vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic.  A victim may be entitled to compensation for injured caused by a negligent driver to help a victim recover.  Some common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Nerve damage/brachial plexus injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries;
  • Organ damage;
  • Permanent scarring;
  • Massive lacerations;
  • Paralysis;
  • Permanent nerve damage;
  • Orbital blowout fractures;
  • Concussions;
  • Depression and/or anxiety;
  • Hip replacements;
  • Shoulder replacements;
  • Torn ACL or MCL or PCL or LCL;
  • Torn rotator cuff or labrum;
  • Broken pelvis or hip
  • TMJ;
  • Road rash;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Injured in a Bicycle Accident?  Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Legal Representation to get the Compensation you Deserve!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Three Most Serious Injures in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trucking Accidents Can Cause Many Injuries, The Three Worst are Wrongful Death, Paralysis, and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Large commercial trucking companies such as FedEx, J.B. Hunt, Estes, and Ryder are some of the most common trucks on the roads throughout our country.  Many of these trucking companies whip through New Mexico on some our the busiest interstates in the country, including Interstate 40, Interstate 25, and Interstate 10.  Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the busiest trucking meccas in New Mexico, as both Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 cut through the city making it an important hub.

Due to their large size, making large commercial trucks on interstates such as big rigs, 18-wheelers, tankers, flatbeds, tandem trailers, and other large trucks can cause serious injuries in New Mexico trucking accidents.  This is because they are very large and heavy, plus they are moving very fast on the interstates.  This means they can pack a serious punch when they collide with another vehicle—especially a passenger vehicle.

There are three of the most serious types of personal injuries resulting from New Mexico trucking accidents that all people should be aware of.  These including the following:

Wrongful Death in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

The ultimate injury that any person can sustain is death.  Unfortunately with trucking accidents, wrongful death is very likely given the serious and forceful impact of a trucking accident.  A victim may be killed directly as a result of the trucking accident, such as the force of the impact, a post-accident explosion or fire, or from the trauma of the impact.  But a may also be killed after the accident, even months after the accident, due to complications from the accident.  This includes serious organ damage, bone injuries, and brain injuries which cannot be controlled and healed.  Massive infections resulting from injuries in a trucking accident can also cause death.

Paralysis Due to New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents can cause a significant and forceful impact.  As a result of this impact, injuries can affect major body systems such as the spine.  Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis and quadriplegia.  This means that nerves are injuries and the signals from the extremities and body to the brain may be altered and cut, making it impossible to send those signals.  This can result in numbness, pins and needles, and even a complete lack of movement.  Many victims of paralyzing injuries are no longer independent, especially victims with injuries high on the spinal column which may limit or prevent movement of any extremities.  These types of injuries are horrific.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Traumatic brain injuries affect the way a victim can think, process information, and even how a victim’s body can function.  Brain injuries can completely affect memory and prevent a victim from processing any information.  Victims can have trouble with basic functions, such as breathing and heart rate.  Victims can have difficulty concentrating and keeping a job, and elements such as simple as light can completely destroy a victim’s ability to function.  Traumatic brain injuries can also render a victim completely unable to care for hisself or herself, and lead to a slow, painful death such as seizure disorders.

Any New Mexico Trucking Accident Injuries Require Strong Representation, Especially the Three Worst Injuries Above!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Understanding Brain Injuries in Albuquerque Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Trucking Accidents Cause Serious Brain Injuries: Always Consult with an Experienced Albuquerque Trucking Accident Attorney

Brain injuries are very serious.  Our brain is arguably the most important organ.  It regulates everything we do, including subconsciously such as breathing and heartbeat.  In fact, the miracles of modern medicine can force you to breath on a mechanical ventilator if your lungs fail and force blood through your body if your heart fails, but modern medicine cannot make your brain come back to work again.  Indeed, once the brain dies and stops working it almost never turns back on.  This can automatically cause the brain to stop directing other organs to function.

Due to its great importance, the brain is encased in a shell of thick bone known as our skull.  There are layers surrounding the brain to keep it further protected from shock.  The brain also sits in cerebral fluid which helps keep further protect if from trauma and to keep if floating in the skull as opposed to rubbing against it.

Even though the brain is greatly protected, an Albuquerque trucking accident can cause even greater force on the body and squash the skull causing serious brain injuries.  Even in low speed or light impact collisions the brain can be seriously injured.  In fact, the brain can be injured in an accident even if the head is not hit or impacted.  A severe and powerful whiplash which the head does not hit anything can cause the brain to rock violently back and forth in the skull and smash into it causing injury.  Yes, the brain can be injured without the head even being touched.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries from Albuquerque Trucking Accidents

You should never ignore any type of injury to the head.  Even minor trucking collisions with minor injuries should always be evaluated by a trained medical professional.  Do not guess and do not be a hero—get evaluated.  Injuries to the head can begin slow but quickly snowball and result in devastating and permanent injuries.

Some common symptoms of brain injuries which should immediately be reviewed by an experienced healthcare professional include the following:

  • Headache;
  • Double vision;
  • Lethargy or drowsiness;
  • Memory loss;
  • Painful throbbing;
  • Vomiting;
  • Nausea;
  • Numbness to any part of the body for an unexplained reason;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Confusion;
  • Inability to keep food down;
  • Dizziness;
  • Disorientation;
  • Inability to move an extremity;
  • Uncoordinated movement;
  • Sensitivity to light;
  • Sensitivity to sound;
  • Lack of taste or smell;
  • Bleeding from the ears or nose;
  • Migraines;
  • Irritability;
  • Mood swings or changes;
  • Swelling of the head;
  • Detached pupal or retina;
  • Pain behind the eyes;
  • Ringing in ears;
  • Neck pain radiating into the head; and
  • Any other similar symptoms affecting the head in any way.

Brain Injuries in Albuquerque Trucking Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Three Types of Experts for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims in New Mexico Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by New Mexico Car Accidents Result in Serious Pain and Suffering and Expensive Damages, Which is Why Several Experts are Required to Prove Your Case

There are many different injuries which could be caused by a New Mexico car accident, and none are worse than a traumatic brain injury.  These types of injuries affect the very being of a person; their brain and mind.  This type of injury could change the way a person thinks, their life, their thoughts, their ability to process information, and even basic metabolic functions we take for granted.  These injuries are scary, cause significant pain and suffering, and can result in a long list of expenses.

This is why a traumatic brain injury requires a significant amount of evidence and support to prove the damages, the future expenses, and get the compensation a victim deserves.  An experienced New Mexico traumatic brain injury attorney will know the types of experts required and how to maximize a victim’s recovery.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have a proven track record of representing traumatic brain injury victims and ensuring that they are get the compensation they deserve.  Call us today for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights!

Three Experts Needed in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

In all lawsuits, experts are used to put in prove and establish facts.  This is because the parties are not necessarily competent to perform advanced calculations or provide medical testimony.  Neither are attorneys, even if the attorneys have significant experience doing so.  The law requires people with specialized skill, training, and education to put forth these calculations and establish this proof.

Thus, no matter how many brain injury cases that a lawyer has had, a medical doctor will also be better suited for providing this testimony.  Thus, this is why some experts are always needed to help prove your case.  For traumatic brain injuries, there is an important trio of experts.

Medical Experts Such as Neurologists 

After a car accident, a victim will likely go right to an emergency department for emergency treatment.  In the emergency room, the healthcare providers will perform diagnostic tests and treat the immediate medical concerns.  Frequently with serious head injuries the emergency room staff will make initial diagnoses.  Some of these diagnoses may include brain injuries like concussions or bleeding.  This can be used to prove your case.

But a traumatic brain injury is more than just a concussion or bleeding.  A traumatic brain injury requires a showing of permanent damage to the brain that has effected the way the brain processes information or completes its normal functions.  A concussion alone will not necessarily do that.

Enter a neurologist.  These are medical professionals who specialize in the central and peripheral nervous system which includes the brain.  These medical specialists can perform diagnostic tests—such as MRIs—and determine whether are is structure damage to the brain.  These medical experts can also perform tests which set a baseline to determine functioning differences in the brain and how the brain is now working.  Thus, a neurologist can take a diagnose of a concussion and determine how it has affected the brain.  This is by far the most important expert in a traumatic brain injury case.

Life Care Planners

With traumatic brain injuries, there likely will be the future need for continued treatment and medication.  This could be in the form of yearly MRIs or imaging studies to monitor the damage to the brain, or this could be regularly scheduled surgical procedures to relieve pressure from the skull.  There could also be medication treatment regimes that a victim has to follow, including even just basic painkillers.  In very severe cases, a home health aid or nurse may be necessary to take care of a victim of a traumatic brain injury.

A life care planner is an expert that is trained to know what the future treatment is and how expensive it will be in the future.  Most life care planners have some medical training, such as a medical degree, nursing degree, or other related degree.  These individuals will use the medical records and treatment notes or reports from the neurologists to determine what is needed in the future.  This is very important to establish what a victim’s future damages are.

Economists 

An economist is another very important expert and probably the second most important.  An economist is a number cruncher and will calculate a broad range of figures.  Most common are lost wages or lost earning capacity for the traumatic brain injury victim, such as when the victim cannot return to work or cannot return to the same job and has to take a lesser paying job due to functioning limitations.  This is a very complicated calculation and requires inflation and pensions, social security, retirement plans, and other programs to be taken into consideration.

An economist will also the figures that the life care planner providers and calculate those against inflation as well.  This is important because it ensures a victim gets the full-value of the future care required.

Hiring a Trio of Experts Helps Ensure Your Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries in New Mexico Car Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Understanding Why New Mexico Car Accidents Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries are so Complicated

- Mark Caruso

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by New Mexico Car Accidents Can Result in Permanent and Debilitating Injuries Affecting an Entire Family—Get the Representation Your Deserve to Protect Your Rights

Our brain is an amazing miracle of nature.  It is incredibly complex that many facets of the brain are not even completely understood by scientists.  Our brain can perform amazing tasks such as complicated math, instinctually react to stimulus without our conscious thought, store amazing amounts of information, and carry on basic functions automatically while handling all of these computations.  Yet, our brain is rather fragile.  Even in low speed car accidents, our brain and sustain serious injury from the back and forth rocking inside of our heads.  This can heal, but other times this can cause permanent damage.  The more serious the collision, the more serious the damage and the less likely the damage will heal.

This is why victims of New Mexico car accidents need to have competent and experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys to represent them.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we work with many car accident victims who have sustained serious and debilitating traumatic brain injuries.  We have a proven track record of success in some of the most complicated of cases.  We also understand the medical side of your case, which is incredibly important to be able to prove and explain your injuries in front of a judge or jury.  This can help the judge or jury assess the damage done, the past pain and suffering, and the future pain and suffering.  Therefore, we provide a well-rounded representation to victims of New Mexico car accidents causing serious traumatic brain injuries.  Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Basic Anatomy of the Brain

The brain is approximately three pounds and controls all functions of the body.  The brain also interprets information from the outside world and processes it through the use of our five senses.  The brain is protected by the skull, which is a very hard series of plates and pieces of bone, which completely encompass the brain.  At the base of the skull, the brain branches into the brainstem and extends into the spinal cord which continues down the spinal column.  From the spinal column, nerves branch out to our extremities.  These are the highways which will gather sensation and information and relay it back to the spinal column, up the spinal cord, through the brainstem, and back to our brain for processing.

The brain is comprised for three main parts.  The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain and is composed of the right and left hemispheres.  This part of the brain performs higher functioning tasks, like interpreting sensations such as touch, vision, hearing, and speech.  The cerebrum is also responsible for reasoning, learning, fine motion movement and control, and even emotions.

The cerebellum is another part of the brain and performs a lot of tasks.  The cerebellum is located under the cerebrum and it is important because it governs balance and movement.  The last main structure of the brain is the brainstem.  This may be the most important part of the brain and it is protected by the other structures of the brain mentioned above.  This is because the brainstem controls all autonomous functions such as breathing, heart rate, temperature, digestion, and similar functions.  The brainstem is also the main hub of all the nerves in the body as it is just before the start of the spinal cord.

Type of Traumatic Brain Injuries from New Mexico Car Accidents

There are several different types of traumatic brain injuries which could occur from a car accident.  These vary in severity, and are more likely to be worse in tractor trailer trucking accidents.  Some common types of traumatic brain injuries include the following:

  • Concussions – even minor concussions can have long-lasting and permanent effects on the brain;
  • Contusion – this is like a bruise but on the brain, and large enough contusions needs to be surgically removed;
  • Coup-contrecoup injuries – this is when there are contusions on both sides of the brain (opposite sides) because the brain slide toward and hit one side then ricocheted backwards into the other side;
  • Penetration/traumatic injury – this type of injury is where the skull is pierced and something enters into the brain, such as debris, fragments, or objects;
  • Diffuse axonal injury – this is an injury due to violent shaking of the brain which can damage portions of the brain even though the brain is not impacted and can cause tearing of nerves and other structures inside the brain; and
  • Other types of brain injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries are No Joke and Must be Handled by an Experienced New Mexico Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Airbag Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Airbag Injuries Can Be Caused in Albuquerque Car Accidents Due to Various Factors

Airbags are one of the most important safety devices in a motor vehicle.  Unfortunately, sometimes they cause more damage than good.  This could be because of a defect in the airbag, such as deploying too late, too fast or powerful, improperly opening up, or failing to deploy all together.  Additionally, airbags could actually cause worse injuries than may have occurred without them, such as being triggered in a non life-threatening but causing injuries that would not have occurred otherwise.

If you or a loved one were injured in an Albuquerque car accident, contact the experienced attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. if you think an airbag caused or contributed to your injuries.  Every single car accident needs to be investigated so it can be determined whether the airbag was a contributing factor in your car accident.  In addition to finding the negligent driver who caused your injuries, you may also be entitled to compensation from your vehicle’s auto-manufacturer or repair company.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 883-5000.

Common Causes of Defective Airbag Injuries 

There is no question that airbags safe lives and do more good than harm.  But sometimes, an airbag could be the cause—sometimes even the sole cause—of an injury to the victim of an Albuquerque car accident.  Some common causes of airbag injuries include the following:

Failure to Deploy – sometimes an airbag does not deploy when it is supposed to, which can result in serious personal injuries that an airbag could have prevented.  This is particularly dangerous when there is a serious or high speed collision which the driver relies on the airbag to help mitigate or prevent injuries.

Too fact or Powerful Deployment – sometimes instead of not deploying the airbag actually deploys too quickly and too powerfully.  This could be because the airbag was overpacked with its charge, or defectively manufactured with a design defect or individual product defect.  Injuries in an excessively powerful airbag can cause significant head and facial injuries.

Late DeploymentWhat can even be the worst is when the airbag deploys late, thus propelling the victim into the apparatus which could cause injuries like the steering wheel or dashboard before deploying and causing additional injuries.  This can also be very dangerous because the victim could be closer to the steering wheel than he or she should be when the airbag deploys, causing serious injury.

Common Injuries Caused by Airbags in Albuquerque Car Accidents

In addition to the injuries which could normally be caused by a car accident, sometimes airbags can cause serious injuries by virtue of just deploying.  Remember, there is an explosive charge in every airbag.  This is a serious force that comes out to protect a car accident victim.  Usually an airbag does its job, but sometimes it does not.

When an airbag does not do its job very well, it can cause the following injuries:

Airbag Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents Should be Investigated by Us!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to an airbag injury, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Pedestrians Getting Traumatic Brain Injuries After Being Hit by a Car: Albuquerque Pedestrian Knockdown Attorney Discusses

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

As young children, we are lectured about the dangers of crossing the street.  We have to be careful, look both ways several times, and cross quickly.  Yet, as adults we cross the street almost every day without much thought.  Some days we cross the street so many times we cannot even count the number, not thinking twice of the dangers posed by doing so.  But in just a blink of the eye it can happen—getting hit by a car.  Most people think this will never happen to them, but it could and it does to many Americans each year.

The outcome of being hit by a motor vehicle can be catastrophic.  Unlike individuals injured in other types of motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians hit by cars are not protected inside a steel shell, shielded by airbags, and buckled by seatbelts.  Injuries to pedestrians hit by cars can be significant and life-threatening.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an Albuquerque pedestrian hit by car accident, contact the experienced pedestrian knockdown attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE case evaluation.  We work with many pedestrians who have been struck by a motor vehicle and suffer from significant personal injuries, including paralysis and traumatic brain injuries.  Contact us today by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Traumatic Brain Injuries After Being Hit By a Car

There are a lot of very serious injuries that a pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle can sustain.  These include broken bones, organ injuries, and paralysis.  But one of the more common types of serious injuries is a traumatic brain injury (also known as a TBI).  Traumatic brain injuries are classified as any damage to the brain caused by an external force which could lead to temporary or permanent cognitive or physical impairment.

Traumatic brain injuries are common when pedestrians get hit by a car because pedestrians get thrown around by the car.  Either the pedestrian will have his or her feet swept from under him or her and the pedestrian’s head will hit the hood or windshield of the car.  Or the pedestrian will get hit by the car and launched forward or to the side, which can result the pedestrian to hit his or her head on the ground, an object, or into another vehicle.

As with any serious injuries, traumatic brain injuries needs to be taken care of right away and treated by expert medical professionals.  The longer a victim waits, the worse the victim’s conditions may become.  After getting medical treatment, a victim should then contact a legal profession dedicated to protecting victim’s rights.

Albuquerque Hit by Car Accident Attorneys At the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. Protect Victims with Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Head Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney Discusses Head Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

No one plans for a car accident, but when they happen they can permanently impact a person’s life, and an entire family’s life.  This is particularly true when the victim of a car accident sustains a head injury.  Head injuries can random from temporarily stunning a victim, to permanently disabling a victim, or even leading to the victim’s death.  Head injuries should always be immediately evaluated by a trained medical professional.  Sometimes delays, even short delays, can result in serious consequences.

Head injuries should also be evaluated by an experienced car accident attorney.  Here are the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys have handled many head injuries cases caused by very serious motor vehicle accidents.  If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, even if you think it is just a minor head injury, contact us today for a FREE case evaluation by calling (505) 883-5000.  We will thoroughly investigate your claim and advise you how to protect your rights to compensation.

Types of Brain Injuries

There are two types of head injuries which a victim of an Albuquerque car accident may sustain.

The first is called an open head injury.  This type of brain injury is when the skull has been fractured, and commonly occurs in tractor trailer truck accidents due to the massive impact these vehicles cause.  Open head injuries create obvious trauma, such as physical damage to the brain and head.

The second type is called a closed head injury.  This type of head injury does not involve a fracture, but instead involves a direct injury to the brain such as a concussion.  Closed head injuries are very dangerous because they normally cause brain swelling which can create oxygen loss to compressed areas, structure damage due to the pressure, or blood clots.

Symptoms of Common Head Injuries Caused by Car Accidents 

Besides the obvious trauma of a head injury which could be caused in a car accident, some head injuries do not cause any obvious, physical trauma.  This can actually be the most dangerous types of head injuries.  Some common symptoms of head injuries include the following:

  • Headaches, ranging from mild or inconvenient headaches to very serious and severe headaches;
  • Weaknesses on one side of the body but not another;
  • Confusion;
  • Loss of memory;
  • Loss of consciousness, even if just for a moment;
  • Numbness or pins and needles on only one side of the body;
  • Unexplained fatigue;
  • Dizziness;
  • Vertigo;
  • Nausea and stomach aches;
  • Mood changes or mood swings;
  • Unexplained emotions, such as anxiety, angry, depression;
  • Loss or impaired vision; and
  • Many other symptoms.

Contact an Experienced Head Injury Attorney Today!

If you or a loved one have experienced any of the symptoms noted above and have been injured in a serious Albuquerque car accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Personal Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Bus Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Bus Accident Attorney Explains Why Bus Accidents Are So Devastating

It goes without saying that buses are very large vehicles.  They are heavy, bulky, long, and can travel at high speeds.  Because of these factors, they have significant momentum and force behind them.  Whenever a bus collides with another object, whether that be a motor vehicle, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, there will be a large impact which can cause very serious personal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been serious injured or killed in a bus accident, contact the experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many bus accident cases and understand how to obtain the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.  Do not delay, you may be losing rights are you wait.

Common Injuries in Albuquerque Bus Accidents

When a bus collides with another vehicle, there will be significant damage to the other vehicle.  This is true even if the bus was traveling at a slow speed.  Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are particularly susceptible to suffering serious personal injuries in bus accidents because they lack a lot of the protections that motor vehicle occupants have, such as seatbelts, airbags, and even just a steel shell around them.

Some common injuries in bus accidents where you may be entitled to compensation include the following:

  • Broken bones, including broken legs and arms;
  • Fractured vertebrae;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Amputations, particularly hands or feet;
  • Paralysis;
  • Lacerations and significant scars;
  • Injuries to the eyes;
  • Bulging discs or ruptured disc;
  • Need for spinal fusion surgery;
  • Organ damage, including ruptures or collapsed lungs;
  • Knee injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus, ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL;
  • Shoulder injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a torn rotator cuff or labrum;
  • Need for a total knee replacement;
  • Need for a total shoulder replacement;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Need for cortisone or pain medication injections;
  • Need for painkillers;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Any of the above injuries or any related or other serious injuries could entitle you to compensation for your bus accident.  These injuries are very expensive and may result in significant financial burdens on you and your family.  If you or a loved one has sustained any of the above injuries or have been disabled and unable to return to work after a bus accident, contact an experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorney today!

The Experienced Choice for Bus Accident Litigation: The Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Albuquerque bus accident, call the experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.