When someone you love is involved in a serious collision, the idea that you may not see them again is devastating. Unfortunately, large truck accidents are often severe and cause crushing injuries from heavy impacts in rollover crashes. Those in smaller passenger vehicles can easily lose their lives in these type of wrecks.
Brain injuries can lead to lasting consequences if a patient survives, but they often result in fatal complications. An injury to the brain may cause the release of many chemicals, causing edema to quickly develop. Swelling is normal for any kind of injury, but since the brain is contained within the skull, the swelling can lead to secondary cell death as the brain presses against unyielding bone.
Emergency treatment can reduce pressure on the brain to help protect the patient, but if it doesn’t happen soon enough, the patient may not be able to recover. There is also a risk of secondary infection, even if a patient does survive a surgery.
Can a closed brain injury be fatal?
Both closed and open brain injuries can be fatal. In both cases, the brain is damaged. You should know that the neurons in the brain cannot regenerate. They don’t heal like other parts of the body. Instead, the brain has to reroute information. If too much of the brain is damaged, the patient may lose complete functionality, from being unable to breathe on their own to remaining in a vegetative state.
Losing a loved one in a serious truck crash is hard, especially when they fought for their life with a brain injury. If you have lost them after their battle, remember that your family can still attempt to hold the driver of the commercial truck responsible.