Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury from a Trucking Accident in New Mexico


November 7, 2022

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Did You Suffer a Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury from a Trucking Accident in New Mexico? Call Our 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers for Help

Brain injuries are one of the most common types of injuries that victims sustain in commercial trucking accidents. They are also some of the most catastrophic types of personal injuries. There are many different types of brain injuries, with some being slightly disabling or temporary, while others are more severe with permanent or even life-threatening effects. One type of brain injury that commonly occurs is diffuse axonal brain injury from a trucking accident in New Mexico. This type of brain injury is often severe, and in many cases victims have permanent disability or may even be wrongfully killed due to the significant brain damage sustained.

That’s why our experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. take all types of brain injury cases extremely seriously. We have over 30 years of experience handling TBI cases, including a diffuse axonal brain injury from a trucking accident in New Mexico or Ontario, California. Our experienced and compassionate team knows how to prove liability while also building up your damages claim, ensuring that victims and their families recover the compensation that they deserve for a TBI. To learn more, schedule a FREE consultation with our team today.

What is a Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury?

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Diffuse axonal brain injury from a trucking accident in New Mexico is a severe type of brain injury. This type of brain injury causes diffuse brain damage in more than one area of the brain. Axonal refers to the axons of the brain which transmits signals throughout the brain. Diffuse axonal injuries, also known as DAI, cause a shearing to tearing of the axons in the brain, causing impaired transmission of signals through the brain. This is one of the most severe and catastrophic types of brain injuries a victim can sustain in a trucking accident.

Causes of Diffuse Axonal Injury

As mentioned above, diffuse axonal injuries are commonly caused by trucking accidents. However, there are certain things that can occur during the accident that can lead to a diffuse axonal injury. The most common cause of a diffuse axonal injury is significant deceleration or accelerations causing the brain to bounce back and forth within the skull. Most of the time, it is caused by sudden stopping or colliding with another vehicle during the accident.

Some examples of a DAI in a motor vehicle accident include the following:

  • Whiplash accidents
  • High-speed collisions
  • Rollover crashes
  • T-bone collisions
  • Jackknifed truck crashes
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side-swipe crashes, and
  • Other types of serious or catastrophic truck wrecks in New Mexico or Ontario, California.

Symptoms and Effects of DAI

As mentioned above, this type of brain injury is one of the most serious types of brain injuries. This type of brain injury often leads to death or significant cognitive impairment. Some victims are left in a coma. Some of the most common symptoms of diffuse axonal injury includes the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Impairment balance
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sleeping for prolonged periods of time
  • Severe headache
  • Other symptoms of DAI

Diffuse Axonal Injury Staging

DAI are graded based on severity of the injury. Grading includes the following:

  • Grade 1 – This is the mildest form of this type of brain injury. Only microscopic changes are noted on the white matter of the brain. However, there is no such thing as a “mild” TBI and all brain injuries are very serious.
  • Grade 2 – Grade two refers to moderate DAI. Brain imaging shows significant lesions on the corpus callosum.
  • Grade 3 – This is the most severe form of DAI, with there being lesions on the corpus collosum as well as the brainstem. Those who do survive this grade of diffuse axonal injury often experienced a sustained loss of consciousness and suffer many long-term effects.

Did You Suffer a DAI from a Trucking Accident in New Mexico? Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one suffered any type of serious or catastrophic personal injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident, especially an 18-wheeler crash like with a big rig, box truck, or another type of commercial vehicle, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for help. We handle cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, including a diffuse axonal brain injury from a trucking accident in New Mexico or Ontario, California. To learn more about how we can help you, call to schedule a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 437-4301.

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 through California. Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 437-4301 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact form below.

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