Arm Nerve Injuries in 18 Wheeler Wrecks: Understanding Brachial Plexus Injuries from Trucking Accidents in Oregon
Serious trucking accidents with 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, tankers, and other large big rigs could result in catastrophic personal injuries to a victim and his or her family. One of the more common and debilitating types of personal injuries are brachial plexus injuries. These types of injuries can result in permanent and disabling conditions or problems for victims. Brachial plexus injuries from trucking accidents in Oregon could also result in serious pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages lost future earnings, and other damages related to the box truck wreck. This is why victims and their families need to hire a Portland, Oregon trucking accident lawyer to protect their rights.
Anatomy of the Arm Nerves
The brachial plexus is a serious of nerves or a network of nerves that originates from the cervical spine and extends down the arm into the shoulder. These nerves come from each of the cervical vertebrae between the discs. The nerves extend out from the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the central nervous system and the nerves extending outwards are the peripheral nervous system.
The nerves are small but form the bundle known as the brachial plexus. These nerves combine and become one bundle at the base of the neck. They travel to the shoulder girdle and extend down the arm through the elbow, and through the wrist all the way to the fingertips. These nerves allow for sensation and movement. When they are hurt, they can affect sensation and motor movement or function.
How Brachial Plexus Injuries from Trucking Accidents in Oregon Occur
There are many possible ways how the brachial plexus could be injured due to the negligence to a truck driver in an 18 wheeler wreck. This includes some of the following causes of injury:
- Seatbelt injuries
- Impact injuries from the force of the impact
- Foreign debris such as twisted metal into the arm
- Stretching injuries or pulling injuries
- Fractured bones in the shoulder which severe the nerve
- Shoulder dislocations
- Shoulder separations, and
- Many other common causes.
Types of Brachial Plexus Injuries
There are generally four types go brachial plexus injuries which could occur. They are the following:
- Avulsions – when the nerve is pulled, yanked, or otherwise over-extended and it is pulled at the root right from the spinal cord. This is a catastrophic injuries which usually results in serious personal injuries.
- Ruptures – when there is a tear in the nerve such to a direct injury like shrapnel or from pulling due to extreme pressure or force.
- Neuroma – when there is some damage to the nerve but the nerve does not get pulled away from the spinal cord or the nerve is not otherwise cut. This can form scar tissue which can damage the nerve and cause continued pain and suffering.
- Neuropraxia – when the nerve suffers some stretching or damage but it is not severe enough to cause scarring or damage.
Victims Who Suffered Brachial Plexus Injuries From Trucking Accidents in Oregon Should Call Our Lawyers for Help
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
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