At the Caruso Law Offices, PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we have a deep sympathy for anyone suffering from a brain injury as a result of an accident that was not their fault. Brain injuries can be devastating for the victim and their family, so securing a successful damages claim for these victims is extremely important to us.

If you, or a member of your family, have been in an accident that caused a brain injury do not hesitate to call the Caruso Law Offices, PC for help. We provide a free consultation and our Albuquerque brain injury attorney will give you an honest opinion about your chances of winning a claim for damages. Our law firm in Albuquerque will not charge you any money, unless your brain injury case is won, so you really have nothing to lose.

There are many different types of serious or catastrophic personal injuries that could be caused in a motor vehicle accident.  One of the most severe types of personal injuries is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.  Disability from a brain injury is very common, often preventing a person from being able to enjoy daily life in the same way that they used to prior to the accident.  According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year there are roughly 223,100 TBI-related hospitalizations and 64,300 TBI-related deaths.  This equates to roughly 600 TBI-related hospitalizations and 175 TBI-related deaths each day in the United States.  Unfortunately, the damages caused by a TBI can affect more than just the victim but also the entire family.  That’s why victims and their families need to call an experienced brain injury lawyer like ours at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

Our compassionate and experienced team of legal professionals has a proven track record of success handling brain injury cases throughout New Mexico.  Since 2016, we have recovered over $30 million for our clients and their families — including in traumatic brain injury cases.  We have fought against some of the largest trucking companies and insurance carriers in the United States, and recovered compensation for our clients and their families.  If you or a loved one suffered any type of head injury, brain injury, or another type of catastrophic or fatal injury caused by a negligent driver in a motor vehicle accident, call our experienced brain injury lawyer at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn more about your rights to compensation.

We also have an office in Ontario, California, where we handle catastrophic trucking accidents and personal injuries.  This includes devastating brain injuries and fatal accidents by negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, and other entities responsible for an 18-wheeler wreck.  To learn more about your rights to compensation, call to schedule your FREE consultation with our bodily injury law firm.

About a Brain Injury in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Traumatic brain injuries are perhaps one of the most devastating types of personal injuries a person can sustain in a commercial trucking accident or motor vehicle accident. This is because traumatic brain injuries can leave victims with a permanent alteration in cognition, permanent disability, or death. Victims with severe traumatic brain injuries may be unable to live independently, requiring full-time care.

According to the CDC, a TBI is defined as any injury to the brain that impairs how the brain works. Brain injuries can occur due to a jolt to the head, bump or blow, or a penetrating injury. That means a brain injury or TBI can be caused by a violent motor vehicle accident with a car, SUV, pickup truck, 18-wheeler, or another type of large or powerful vehicle.  Anyone can suffer a TBI, including drivers and occupants, but also pedestrians, cyclists, or other individuals on or near the roadway.

Understanding the Types of TBIs From a Car Crash or Truck Wreck

Traumatic brain injuries are classified in three categories; mild, moderate or severe. Severity depends on whether or not there were structural changes of the brain tissue, impairment of cognition or mood, amnesia, as well as the Glasgow coma scale. Classification of traumatic brain injuries includes the following:

  • Mild - Victims who suffer a mild TBI do not have any structural change in the brain, but may have cognitive impairments or other symptoms of a traumatic brain injury such as impaired concentration, mood changes, headaches, or other impairments in function. While some victims make a complete recovery, other victims may suffer residual effects of the TBI.
  • Moderate - Victims who suffer a moderate TBI have more cognitive impairments, often causing long-term difficulty in functioning. Minor structural changes in the brain are usually observed in victims with moderate brain injuries. While victims can see an improvement in symptoms, residual, debilitating symptoms often persist.
  • Severe - Victims who suffer from severe TBIs suffer from a greater degree of cognitive impairment. Victims often are unable to function at the same level of functioning as they did before the accident. Victims with severe TBI may require full-time career and may be left unable to walk, talk, or complete activities of daily living.

While there are varying severities of TBIs, all brain injuries are serious, and victims who suffer TBIs should recover compensation for any losses sustained as a result of the injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury Types

As mentioned above, traumatic brain injuries occur quite often in victims of commercial trucking accidents and other high-speed motor vehicle accidents. TBIs are a general diagnosis, but there are actually many different types of TBIs that can occur as a result of a commercial trucking accident. The most common TBIs seen in victims of commercial trucking accidents include the following:


This is the most well-known type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions commonly occurs due to a blow, jolt, or bump to the head, or the moving of the brain back and forth within the skull. Concussions have varying degrees of severity, with some victims making a full recovery while others may have life-long, disabling effects.

Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vision changes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Mood changes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty waking
  • Drowsiness
  • Light or noise sensitivity
  • Other symptoms of a concussion due to a commercial trucking accident

Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI)

The most common cause of DAIs are high-speed motor vehicle accidents. DAIs occur when the brain shifts inside the skull due to impact. Ripping, tearing or sheering of the brain tissue and neural connections occur. This type of traumatic brain injury is often life-threatening, and victims who do survive often sustain significant permanent damage, resulting in permanent disability.

Coup-Contrecoup Injuries

Coup-Contrecoup occurs when the brain moves back and forth inside the head due to high-impact, such as a motor vehicle accident. Serious impact can cause the brain to slide back and forth inside the skull, causing the brain to strike the sides of the skull. This type of TBI often causes trauma to two sides of the brain, leadings to bleeding, swelling of the brain, and brain damage.

This type of injury can lead to increased intracranial pressure, which is an emergency if not dealt with in a timely manner. Coup-Contrecoup can occur due to impact, but also can be due to sudden stopping or a collision, causing the victim’s head to move in a whiplash motion. This type of TBI is very serious, and even a mild case typically causes brain damage.

Other Types of TBIs

There are other types of TBIs that can be caused by a commercial trucking accident. Some of the most common other types of TBIs that can result from a commercial trucking accident include the following:

  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Skull fractures
  • Contusions
  • Cerebral edema
  • Ischemic injuries
  • Post-concussive syndrome
  • Other type of traumatic brain injuries caused by a commercial trucking accident

Regardless of the type of brain injury, if you sustained a traumatic brain injury in a commercial trucking accident, we encourage you to reach out to our experienced trucking accident lawyers who can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Compensation for TBIs: What Our Brain Injury Lawyer Can Do For You

Victims who suffer traumatic brain injuries due to a commercial trucking accident or car accident are encouraged to reach out to our commercial trucking accident lawyers. This is because TBI victims who suffer their injury due to a commercial trucking accident are often eligible for damages for their injuries. Damages are typically awarded in the form of compensation.

Some of the most common types of damages victims often can recover include the following:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Home modifications
  • Vehicle modifications
  • Loss of consortium
  • Medical bills
  • Lost future earnings
  • Lost future wages
  • Punitive damages (in certain cases)
  • Property damages
  • Nursing care
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Wrongful death damages (i.e., funeral and burial expenses)
  • Other damages victims who suffer a TBI from a trucking accident may recover


Brain injuries are one of the main causes of accident fatality in this country. Around 20% of them are the result of an accident with a vehicle. There are many other sorts of accidents that can lead to brain injuries. Slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere and, when someone slips unexpectedly, they are likely to fall on their head. Falling from up high or being hit by a falling object make up the balance of brain injury causes.

Whatever the cause of the accident, the potential for serious injuries is always present. Unfortunately, many car accident victims do not always feel the effects of a significant brain injury until a few days or even a few weeks later, making effective treatment that much more difficult.

While thankfully not everybody who suffers an injury to the head has a serious brain injury, there are still a significant number of people who survive, but go on to have ongoing health problems. They may suffer from memory loss, blackouts, dizzy spells, an inability to think or speak clearly and paralysis.

In the most serious cases of traumatic brain injury, the injured person will need substantial care and support for a very long time, possibly a lifetime.


Brain injuries and the healthcare bills that accompany them can get expensive. Long hospital periods, specialized care and modifications to the accident victim’s lifestyle may be necessary. There will be a probable loss of income, and maybe even the loss of somebody’s job.

The huge potential cost of all this means that the injured victim needs a very good Albuquerque personal injury attorney to help pursue a claim that will make a real difference in their life.

Because our firm concentrates on personal injuries, especially accident victims, we are able to provide you with an effective and aggressive advocate for your legal right to compensation.

When a claim is put together it always focuses on several aspects:

  • Present medical costs of treatment and loss of income
  • Projected future costs of treatment and care as well as loss of income
  • Psychological and emotional pain and suffering now and into the future
  • Punitive damages – if the person who caused the accident can be proved to have acted negligently or carelessly


One of the most frustrating developments in a damages claim for a victim of a brain injury is the attitude of some insurance companies. When a person has been identified as being at fault in an accident, their insurance company will be part of the negotiations. Insurance companies do not like to pay any sort of damages, even when they know that their client has been negligent. If damages must be paid, they will try and keep the amount down to as little as possible.

In the case of accident victims with serious brain injuries it is vital that the victim gets what they need to make their lives as normal and comfortable as possible. Let our law firm deal with the insurance companies.

If you or a member of your family has suffered from a brain injury as a result of an accident that was somebody else’s fault, contact the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. at 505-308-1556 for a free and confidential consultation.

Were You Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident Such as a Car Crash or an 18-Wheeler Wreck?  Call Our Brain Injury Lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Help

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, especially if you suffered any type of head injury, brain injury, TBI, or any other catastrophic injury, please call our experienced brain injury lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to schedule a FREE consultation.  We can help you and your family recover the compensation that you need and that you deserve when a negligent driver, business, government entity, or another individual causes you serious or catastrophic harm in a crash.

To learn more about how we can help you after you suffered a brain injury or another type of catastrophic personal injury, please call us today by (505) 883-5000 to schedule a FREE consultation with our personal injury lawyers.  You can also contact us through our website's easy to use and convenient contact box available here.

We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico.   We also have a second trucking accident office in California, serving those in Inland Empire and San Bernardino County, as well as those who have been catastrophically injured or wrongfully killed throughout California by negligent truck drivers or trucking companies.


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