- Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Truck Wrecks
- September 14, 2010 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
- Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
Truck crashes are a common cause of spinal cord injuries. The victim of a Eighteen wheeler collision is often left with little or no motor skills, impeding his or her daily range of activities. The patient is forced into a lifelong dependency on the help of close family and friends, pushing everyone into emotional turbulence. A car crash lawyer understands the situation that the victim was thrust into and tries to get as much justice as possible.
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) resulting from trauma or disease cause t permanent or temporary loss of movement, sensation and ability to control bowel movements. Statistics show that over 10,000 people are stricken with spinal cord injuries annually. A majority of SCI are caused by car crashes, with falls and sporting injuries coming in a distant second and third.
Spinal cord injuries suffered in a big rig collision are classified as complete or incomplete. The injury is classified as complete if there is no sensation or voluntary movement on either side of the body below the injured area. If the victim has sensation or there is partial movement, then it is an incomplete injury.
Spinal cord injuries are classified according to the area of the vertebrae affected. For example, if the neck area is injured, it will be classified under cervical vertebrae. For instance, a C-5 injury means that the fifth cervical vertebra has been injured. Similarly, injuries below the neck are called T-1, T-2 and so forth. This classification system is valid for the lumbar and sacral vertebrae also.
Many neck injuries lead to paralysis of all limbs known medically as quadriplegia. Thoracic injuries on the other hand cause paralyses in the lower limbs called paraplegia. The severity of the paralysis depends on the extent of the injury. The victim is able to retain some degree of movement in the case of incomplete cervical injury. If the injury is severe, as in the case of C-4 injuries, the victim will have to be put on a ventilator. Thoracic injury leaves functionality in the upper extremities. However, the lower body functionality is impaired causing distress while walking. Many other bodily activities like bowel and bladder control are also impaired, along with pain levels, ability to regulate body temperature and blood pressure.
As any vehicle accident lawyer will explain to you, spinal cord injuries have far reaching repercussions for the victim and his family. In a spinal cord injury, the spinal cord becomes swollen, causing a wide range of bodily dysfunction. There is no cure for spinal cord injury and the treatment is restricted to stabilizing the broken vertebrae, immobilizing the affected area and reducing the swelling. Aftercare includes rehab therapy and preparing the victim to use a wheelchair.
A truck accident attorney will tell you that no compensation is worth an entire life spent in disability and immobility. However, keeping in view the prohibitively high costs of medical care, such lawsuits become necessary.