Oklahoma truck accident victims may suffer in the aftermath
Truck accidents are among the most destructive, devastating types of traffic crashes on Oklahoma highways, and statistics indicate that they happen quite frequently. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), almost 75 people are killed and around 1,200 are injured in truck collisions every year. There are almost 600 truck accidents that take place in Tulsa County, the state’s most populous. More than a third of these lead to a fatality or injuries to at least one victim.
Unfortunately, there can sometimes be some disconnect with assessing a victim’s injuries after a truck crash. A proper diagnosis is extremely important, both for proving your rights and getting fair compensation for your losses. Your Tulsa, OK truck accident attorney can explain the details, but you should note the signs of an undiagnosed injury and take appropriate action.
Symptoms of Soft Tissue Injuries
Some types of truck collision injuries are visible, open, and obvious, so the diagnosis is clear-cut. Examples include cuts, abrasions, broken bones, amputation, and bruises. However, it can be difficult to evaluate soft tissue injuries, which are common in truck accidents. These are not so apparent, often leading to undiagnosed medical conditions. For instance:
- Whiplash: This injury occurs when your head snaps forward and backward violently, causing harm to the muscles, nerves, and tendons in the neck. Symptoms include pain and stiffness, dizziness, numbness in the upper extremities; and ringing in the ears.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The most serious forms of TBI will probably be obvious, but there can be challenges diagnosing a concussion – which is a type of TBI. You should watch for such signs as headache, confusion, memory loss, nausea and vomiting, and excessive fatigue.
- Spinal Disc Injuries: Discs are the gel-filled cushions in between vertebrae, providing shock absorption for the bones of the spine. They can be wedged out of place in a truck accident, leading to herniated and/or bulging discus. You may have experienced spinal disc injuries if you suffer pain in the legs or arms, a tingling sensation in the extremities, or muscle weakness.
Why Immediate Medical Care is Critical
Every one of the conditions mentioned above can be serious without proper treatment, which cannot begin until you receive a proper diagnosis. Plus, there can be implications for your legal rights if you wait to seek medical attention after a truck crash. Your failure to go to the ER, an urgent care center, or your primary care physician sends the message that you were not hurt badly.
Discuss Remedies with a Tulsa, OK Truck Accident Lawyer
Getting proper medical care right away means it is less likely that you will suffer an undiagnosed injury. In turn, you are in a better position to get the compensation you deserve for your devastating losses. To learn how our team at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker can help, please contact us to schedule a free case evaluation. An Oklahoma truck accident attorney can provide additional details after reviewing your unique situation.