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Common Head Injuries in New Mexico Tractor Trailer Truck Crashes

- Mark Caruso

Common Head Injuries from New Mexico Tractor Trailer Truck Crashes: NM Trucking Crash Lawyer Explains

Large commercial trucks such as tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, big rigs, double-trailers, tankers, and other large trucks are very powerful vehicles which can result in devastating injuries.  Victims of large commercial trucking crashes in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, Santa Fe, and anywhere else in New Mexico can be seriously injured or wrongful killed even low speed trucking crashes.  When these trucking crashes result on fast-moving interstates like I-10, I-25, and I-40, victims can be instantly killed or maimed for the rest of their lives.

Here are the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our New Mexico trucking crash lawyers know how devastating these types of injuries can be for a victim and his or her family.  We have the experience and knowledge necessary to prove liability and explain the medical side of the injuries to ensure you get the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a New Mexico trucking crash resulting in a brain injury, call us today by calling (505) 883-5000 to learn more.

Common Head Injuries from NM Tractor Trailing Truck Crashes

Besides wrongful death, head injuries can be the worst types of injuries in a trucking crash.  This is because they can result in physical damage and cognitive damage.  Head injuries include any injury to a victim’s head, face, brain, skull, or scalp.  There are generally two types of head injuries.  One is an open head injury, which is where the skull is fractured.  A closed head injury is where the skull does not break, but there is damage to the brain itself.  Both types of head injuries are very dangerous, particularly closed head injuries which do not allow for blood or swelling to escape and can create extreme pressure on the brain also damaging it.

Below are some of the most common types of head injuries in New Mexico trucking crashes:

Trauma Injuries – When you have a large commercial truck colliding with a smaller passenger vehicle, one of the most common types of head injuries to a victim is a trauma-related injury such as lacerations, cuts, tearing of flesh, foreign objects, and other head damage.  This is physical damage to the head that we usually think of in vehicle crashes caused by the impact.  This can include physical damage to the skull and brain due to the impact.

Concussions – a concussion occurs when the brain bounces against the skull which causes damage to it.  This can result in a loss of cognitive function and cause severe headaches.  These can also cause permanent damage and destroy a person’s ability to function normally and hold a job.

Traumatic brain injuries – these are a type of brain injury caused by the trucking crash, but not necessarily in the acute, physical sense that the first common type occurs.  Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can occur without any physical signs of damage.  The brain can be injured in a jostling motion like a concussion, and be deprived oxygen or blood in a section where it will begin to die or atrophy.  TBIs can also result in permanent loss of memory, ability to speak, ability to even walk or talk, and a loss of control of one’s emotions.  Traumatic brain injuries are very serious damages.

Skull fractures – a skull fracture is a very scary type of head injury because the skull is the protective shell of the brain.  When the skull is fractured, it can leave the brain vulnerable to damage.  When the skull is severely fractured, it can actually do the harm to the brain itself by piercing and damaging the brain.  Skull fractures are always dangerous and need to be guarded against.

Loss of sight, hearing, or taste – head injuries can also cause damage to a person’s senses, particularly the eyes which are very vulnerable to shattered and flying glass, tossed debris, and other shrapnel in a trucking crash.  Victims can also suffer severe damage to their hearing and taste when cranial nerves are also injured.

Injured in a New Mexico Tractor Trailer Crash Causing a Head Injury?  Call Us NOW To Learn What We Can Do to Help You Right Away

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.

Catastrophic Injuries From New Mexico Trucking Wrecks: Common Injuries to Know

- Mark Caruso

Common Catastrophic Injuries from New Mexico Trucking Wrecks and How They May Work in Court

All motor vehicle crashes can result in serious personal injuries, but New Mexico trucking crashes can lead to some of the most catastrophic injuries that a victim could endure.  These injuries include horrific head, brain, and spine injuries, or significant organ issues which can result in a systematic shutdown of someone’s body.  Extreme bloodless and trauma to a limb can also result in the need to amputate the limb.  These types of injuries are very common in New Mexico trucking crashes due to the size, weight, and speed these vehicles travel.

Our experienced New Mexico trucking wreck lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. have handled many significant trucking crashes resulting in these types of catastrophic injuries.  We know how to support and injured victim and his or her family to present his or her case in the best possible light to recover the maximum amount of compensation he or she may be entitled to.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed, call us by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn more how we can help you and your family.

Most Common Catastrophic Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Wrecks Caused by Negligent Truck Drivers

When serious and catastrophic injuries are caused by the negligence of another it can make you feel frustrated, angry, and even hopeless.  These injuries are usually permanent, extremely debilitating, and horrific for victims and their families.  Some of the most common catastrophic injuries from New Mexico trucking wrecks which our New Mexico trucking wreck lawyer handles include the following two worst injuries:

Head and brain injuriesInjuries to the head such as traumatic brain injuries warrant special consideration and attention.  This if because, first, injuries to the head can easily kill a victim of a trucking wreck.  The brain governs the entire body, and injuries here can result in the wrongful death of a person.  Second, injuries to the head and brain are not always easily diagnosed and require neurological testing and experts to prove.  This is because injuries to your cognitive ability to process information, remember, focus, and even function normally do not show up in an x-ray.  Third, head and brain injuries can also damage and control all aspects of your body even with little injuries, which mean that head injuries can effect nerves and parts of your body on the opposite end such as your legs or feet.  All head and brain injuries are very serious examples of catastrophic personal injuries.

Loss of Limb from Amputation or Paralysis – Anytime a victim loses a limb, either physically in an amputation or functionally due to paralysis such as due to paraplegia or quadriplegia, a victim’s entire life will change greatly.  These are very serious and significant injuries which cannot be brought back.  Sometimes everything that a victim previously could do now requires assistance after the injury.  In very severe cases, victims can be completely bedridden or wheelchair bound after enjoying an active life.  This can have dramatic effects on a person’s future life expectancy, income and lost wages, and even his or her emotional well-being.  These are one of the worst catastrophic injuries which are very common in New Mexico trucking wrecks, particularly on highways or interstates.

Catastrophic Injured From New Mexico Trucking Wrecks Require Strong and Experienced Legal Advocacy

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.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Albuquerque Trucking Crashes

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Trucking Crashes Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries: Common Causes to Know 

Other than wrongful death, which is the ultimate personal injury, a traumatic brain injury has to be the worst type of personal injury that a person can sustain in an Albuquerque trucking crash.  Traumatic brain injuries can have a laundry list of complications, ranging from minor memory troubles and headaches, to significant cognitive functioning ability.  In severe cases, a victim could go into a vegetative state and be unable to consciously function.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we handle traumatic brain injury cases from any type of personal injury accident.  This could be from a slip and fall or something more serious like an 18 wheeler wreck.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured and sustained a traumatic brain injury, call us today to learn how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Two Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries 

When it comes to brain injuries, there are really two main causes.  The first is probably what you immediately think of when you think of a traumatic brain injury—trauma.  That is a strike to the head caused by a blunt force.  This could result in something like a concussion, or something more serious like permanent damage.  Trauma and physical force is one of the most common mechanisms of brain injuries in Albuquerque trucking crashes.

The second way to cause a traumatic brain injury is due to a lack of oxygen.  The brain is very fragile and demands a lot of oxygen.  When there is a lack of oxygen, or a hypoxic state, the brain can quickly become damaged and die.  This can be caused by some force like twisted metal or debris pressing against the throat to prevent air from going down or against the chest so that the lungs cannot expand.  Or this can be caused by physiological factors, such as extreme blood loss, low pressure, or shock which affect the way that oxygen is transported throughout the body.  This is why trucking wrecks causing traumatic brain injuries are so dangerous.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Albuquerque Trucking Crashes

There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries in trucking crashes occurring in New Mexico, but here are some of the most common causes that all motorist should be aware of.  These include the following:

  • Rear end collisions;
  • T-bone crashes;
  • Head on collisions;
  • Roll-overs;
  • Jackknife tractor trailers;
  • Sideswipes;
  • Improper lane change collisions;
  • Ran a stop side crash;
  • Failure to yield collisions;
  • Improper merging collisions;
  • Unsafe cargo crashes;
  • Excessive speed causing a wreck; and
  • Many other cases.

Victims With Traumatic Brain Injuries from Albuquerque Trucking Crashes Need to Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. Immediately for Legal Representation

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.

Top Three Worst Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Crashes

- Mark Caruso

Top Three Worst Injuries Caused by a New Mexico Trucking Crash Ranked by Albuquerque Trucking Lawyer

Trucking crashes are simps devastating.  Large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers and big rigs can twist, bend, split, and pulverize other cars in trucking crashes.  Even a passenger vehicle’s engine block can be crushed into a small cube.  Imagine the catastrophic blow that a large truck can do to the soft flesh of a human.  Even small bumper taps are damaging, whereas interstate trucking crashes are nearly always result in fatal or serious injuries.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking crash attorneys know the damage first hand by representing victims of catastrophic trucking crashes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Roswell, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and anywhere else.  If you or a loved one have been injured in any motor vehicle accident, especially a trucking crash, call us today for a free case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  Below our the top three worst injuries we routinely handle in New Mexico trucking crashes.

1. Worst Injury in New Mexico Trucking Crashes: Wrongful Death

The ultimate injury in a personal injury action is death.  There is nothing that can be fixed, reversed, or brought back after a patient has died.  Trucking crashes can result in horrific deaths such as those from serious and high speed impacts, crushing accidents, large fires, chemical burns, and other types.  While a lot of the times the victim may die on the side of the road, other times the victim may survive several hours, days, weeks, or even months in extreme pain and discomfort from the accident.  If this occurs, the medical bills will be high, the pain and suffering will be high, and the emotional distress on the victim and his or family will be unfathomable.

2. Second Worst Injury in New Mexico Trucking Crashes: Paralysis

Being unable to move or function is another horrible injury.  Quadriplegia and paraplegia not only force a lifestyle changes on a victim, but also change careers—if any can be salvaged, family dynamics, and medical expenses.  Paralyzed victims may be unable to move their extremities but also feel extreme and intolerable pain in their injured limb.  Victims could depend on other people to completely care for them, including basic thinks like eating, drinking, bathing, and getting dressed.  Severely paralyzed people could even become depressed of their new life.

3. Third Worst Injury in New Mexico Trucking Crashes: Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Even though the brain is encased in a shell of hard bone, it is very susceptible to serious injury in any motor vehicle crash.  This is because the brain can be injured even if the head is not struck when the head is whipped hard back and forth (whiplash).  But more commonly the brain is seriously injured when it is smashed into something during a trucking crash.  Traumatic brain injuries can be completely debilitating where a patient will need around the clock assistance from caretakers, or traumatic brain injuries can be debilitating and cause functional issues like memory, concentration, or cause headaches that impede a person’s daily activities.  In either situation, traumatic brain injuries can completely destroy a person’s life and disrupt a family completely.

Any of the Top Three Injuries Need the Representation of the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Zealous Representation

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.

What to Do for Head Injuries After New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Personal Injury Attorney Explains What to Do For a Head Injury After a Motor Vehicle Crash

Your head is the most important part of your body.  It is also one of the most fragile and susceptible to injury.  All head injuries are serious.  These injuries could be caused by a litany of different things.  But one of if not the most dangerous causes of head injuries are New Mexico motor vehicle crashes.  Even low-speed motor vehicle crashes can launch a victim through a windshield and cause serious head injuries.  All occupants in any motor vehicle crash should consult with a doctor for a head injury, including just whiplash injuries.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that head injuries caused by New Mexico motor vehicle crashes require special care and attention only a zealous, knowledgeable, and experienced New Mexico car accident attorney can give a victim.  We provide a FREE case evaluation to explain what your rights to compensation may be.  Call us today to learn more how we can obtain the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Steps to Take After a Head Injury in a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crash

Victims of any motor vehicle crash need to take several steps to protect themselves.  These steps apply in all motor vehicle crashes, but particularly are important in accidents causing head injuries or trucking crashes.

1) – Get Medical Attention Immediately – If you are injured in any accident, you must always get medical attention immediately.  This is especially true in a motor vehicle crash causing a head injury.  Do not refuse medical attention and attempt to treat yourself online with webMD.  If you take the steps to do the research online to check your symptoms, you are concerned enough that you should be going to the hospital or to a doctor.  A head injury is very serious and any delay in treatment can result in irreversible and permanent damage.  The longer you wait, the worse you will make your claim as well.  Delays in treatment just allow defense attorneys to pick apart your claim that you were seriously injured.  Obviously if you did not go right to the hospital you most not have been that injured!

2) – Obtain the Police Report and See if There Was an Investigation – After you have stabilized yourself with medical treatment, you need to contact any first responders to get any accident reports or investigation notes.  If you are still in serious condition for several weeks after the subject accident, you need to get someone close to you to contact the first responders.  Start with the police report which will get you a basic understanding of what occurred.  Also ask if there was an investigation performed by police, this is common in very serious accidents resulting in critical personal injuries.  Get all of the records that police will provide to you.

3) – Put in a Claim with Your Insurance Carrier – Let your insurance carrier know as soon as possible that there was a serious personal injury caused by a motor vehicle accident.  You need to report the crash to get compensation for your vehicle damage and to your medical bills.  But you may want to wait to call your insurance company until you . . .

4) – Call a Personal Injury Lawyer – Any injury caused by a motor vehicle crash should be evaluated by a personal injury lawyer.  This is especially true when there is a head injury.  These are very serious injuries which are complicated to prove in court and to win compensation.  You need to have experienced and zealous representation.  You also need someone who know what games the insurance company will pay with you, and how to prove your head injury to get compensation.

Head Injury?  Call the Zealous, Knowledgable, and Experienced New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crash Attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to Get the Maximum Compensation You May Be Entitled To

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.

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.