Brachial Plexus Injuries from Trucking Accidents in Oregon

Arm Nerve Injuries in 18 Wheeler Wrecks: Understanding Brachial Plexus Injuries from Trucking Accidents in Oregon

Oregon trucking accident caused by running a stop sign brachial plexus injuries from a trucking accident in oregonSerious 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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries from Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Spinal Cord Injuries from Oregon Medical Malpractice

Why Spinal Cord Injuries are Very Serious Personal Injuries from Oregon Trucking Accidents

There are many types of injuries that can be sustained in a truck accident. Broken bones, soft tissue damage, and head trauma are all very common but one of the most debilitating injuries that can occur are spinal cord injuries. It is estimated that there are almost 18,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year, with motor vehicle accidents accounting for 38% of those. People who suffer from spinal cord injuries often have to deal with life changing disabilities as well as emotional and physical pain and suffering. Our Oregon spinal cord injury lawyers are very aware of how debilitating spinal cord injuries can be and will ensure your rights are protected in any trucking accident that causes damage to your spinal cord. 

Spinal Cord Basics: Understanding the Anatomy

The spinal cord is very complicated but essentially it is a long bundle of nerves that begins at the base of the brain and runs downward along the spine, ending at the lower back. It is located inside the spinal canal, which is a hollow tunnel formed by the vertebrae, or the bones that make up the spine. The bony spinal canal is very important because it provides a hard shell of protection around the soft tissues of the spinal cord. 

The job of the spinal cord is to transmit signals from the brain to the body and vice versa. It makes things like sensation and movement possible and when there is a lesion, or damage, to the spinal cord in a certain area, it will result in sensory and movement issues. Lesions that are more proximal, or closer to the brain, will result in more disability than lesions which are distal, or closer to the bottom of the spinal cord. 

Type of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be classified as complete or incomplete. This refers to how far the lesion extends into the spinal cord. A complete lesion will sever the spinal cord entirely while an incomplete lesion will only sever it partially and will vary in the extent that it is severed. For patients with complete lesions, they will suffer from paralysis depending on the location of the injury. 

Lesions to the cervical spinal cord, or neck, are most debilitating. They cause limited use of the arms and neck and total paralysis from the neck down. Lesions to the thoracic spinal cord usually spare the neck and arms but will cause paralysis from the trunk down. Injuries to the lumbar spinal cord, the lower back, does not affect the arms of the trunk but may cause paralysis of the legs but some of these people may be able to ambulate with special braces to assist them. 

Why Oregon Truck Accidents Cause Spinal Cord Injuries

Trucks are big and heavy, they travel at high speeds and therefore carry a lot of momentum.  The crushing forces applied to a human body with that amount of momentum behind it is no contest for the bones of the spine and they can easily be crushed upon impact. When these bones break, they send sharp fragments of bone into the spinal cord resulting in severe injury. It is no surprise then that the majority of spinal cord injuries occur during motor vehicle accidents. 

Injured in an Oregon Trucking Accident?  Ask Our Portland Personal Injury 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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Common Surgeries for Back Injuries and Estimated Recovery Times: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers Explain

common surgeries for back injuries oregon trucking accident lawyers

Understanding Common Surgeries for Back Injures: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers Share Important Information

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work in the United States. While it has many causes, a common cause of back pain is truck accidents. Even a minor accident can cause major trauma that can be long lasting. Approximately 2.5 million people are seen each year in the emergency room as a result of a car accident, however many times symptoms of back pain do not begin until hours or days following the accident. While most injuries do not require surgery, there are some injuries that are so severe or so debilitating that surgery is required. Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers are experienced in handling cases involving back pain and will ensure that your rights are protected after a trucking accident involving back pain.

Common Surgeries for Back Injuries

The damage that can occur during a trucking accident can be very severe and result in complicated and painful surgeries. Some of the common surgeries for back injuries include the following:

Spinal fusion – This is when two individual vertebrae are linked together to form one large one. This is usually performed for large disc herniation or severe arthritis.

Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty – This procedure is meant to stabilize a fractured vertebra by placing a balloon inside the fracture vertebra to inflate it and then inserting glue to hold the bone together.

Discectomy – This procedure aims to control pain by removing a chunk of the intervertebral disc which may be causing a pinched nerve.

Laminectomy – This procedure is used to decrease back pain caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis by removing chunks of the vertebra to allow more room for the spinal cord and relieve nerve compression.

Life After Surgery

The estimated recovery time for each of these surgeries is dependent on many factors including age, amount of damage sustained during the injury, and other health factors.  One thing that many people do not think about is what happens after surgery. Many people think surgery will be the end of their pain and suffering, but they do not realize that post surgical pain can often be just as intense and  that rehabilitation can be long and painful. 

Pain from a spinal fusion can take months to resolve and it can take a full year to fully fuse when viewed on x-ray. Simple things like getting out a chair or walking are challenging initially. A discectomy or laminectomy may relieve radiating pain immediately after surgery but it will take months of physical therapy to restore the strength and flexibility required to return to normal life. No matter what surgery is performed, people may continue to have intermittent pain throughout their life from this surgery and may see early signs of arthritis or other degenerative diseases earlier than normal.

Ask Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help if You Had Back Surgery After an 18 Wheeler Wreck

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Injured Due to Hours of Service Violations: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

oregon trucking accident lawyer hours of service violations

Victims Injured Due to Hours of Service Violations Should Call Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Hours of service regulations are promulgated by the federal agency known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA.  These regulations allow throughout the United States no matter what state the truck driver is from, where the trucking company is from, or where the delivery is coming from, going to, or traveling in.  These hours of service regulations are the bottom or minimal requirements that must be complied with.  Violations of these regulations are a serious problem and could result in catastrophic injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent person.  Victims injured due to hours of service violations need to ask our Oregon trucking accident lawyers for help.

Here at the Kuhlman Law, we understand how dangerous hours of service violations can be.  We work hard to ensure that victims who are seriously injured by a truck driver who is fatigued, tried, or falls asleep at the wheel is held liable for hurting innocent people.  We also will make sure to hold trucking companies liable for failing to monitor their employees or actually pushing their truck drivers to work around the clock when they are federally required to allow them to rest.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured, we can help.

What are the Hours of Service Regulations?

The FMCSA regulations governing hours of service are governed by 49 CFR section 395.3.  These regulations govern all truck drivers operating commercial vehicles with property cargo.  There are separate requirements for bus drivers or vehicles carrying human passengers.  The most important sections of the hours of service regulations are the following:

  • 24-hour shift clocks
  • 14 consecutive hours on shift followed by 10 consecutive hours off shift
  • Truck drivers may drive for a maximum of 11 hours in a 14 hour shift
  • Truck drivers may drive for a maximum of 8 consecutive hours before having to take a 30 minute rest
  • Truck drivers may be on shift for a maximum of 60 hours in any 7 consecutive day period
  • Truck drivers may be on shift for a maximum of 70 hours in any 8 consecutive day period, and
  • Other regulations which may apply in some circumstances.

Liability for Violating Hours of Service Regulations

If a truck driver or trucking company violates the hours of service regulations, the defendants may be liable for your personal injuries.  This is because the doctrine of negligence per se finds that the violation of a regulation is evidence of negligence.  This allows a victim to help establish liability against a defendant in order to recover compensation for his or her injuries. Families who have lost a loved one may also be able to establish liability through violation of these regulations.

Injured in an Oregon Trucking Accident?  Ask Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyer 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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Oregon Trucking Accident Caused by Running a Stop Sign

Oregon trucking accident caused by running a stop sign brachial plexus injuries from a trucking accident in oregon

Injured from Oregon Trucking Accident Caused by Running a Stop Sign

Vehicle and traffic laws are in place to help create orderly function of our roadways.  These laws are also in place to help protect people from foreseeable harm.  Many vehicle and traffic laws are aimed at protecting individuals from injuries in an Oregon trucking accident.  One of the most common types of accidents which usually result in very serious or significant injuries includes running a stop sign.  This type of big rig crash can result in catastrophic personal injuries because running a stop sign usually results in t-boning another vehicle.  T-bone trucking accidents are usually catastrophic, especially when the tractor trailer is t-boning a smaller passenger vehicle.  Therefore, an Oregon trucking accident caused by running a stop sign could be fatal.

Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers know how dangerous and potentially deadly this can be for innocent people when big rigs running a stop sign cause an 18 wheeler wreck.  Victims who are seriously injured in trucking accidents may suffer extreme pain and suffering, have significant lost wages, and suffer catastrophic hardship including toppling medical bills.  Unfortunately, many vehicles that are involved in a truck wreck due to running a stop sign could result in the wrongful death of a loved one.  This means that victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for burial costs and funeral expenses.

Liability for Running a Stop Sign

There are two ways to establish liability when a large commercial truck caused an explosive crash due to running a stop sign.  First, the common law (or judge-made law) provides that all motorists must use reasonable care when operating a motor vehicle to avoid causing foreseeable harm to other motorists.  When a motorist runs a stop sign when he or she is supposed to stop, he or she is not acting reasonably.  When these unreasonable actions result in serious personal injuries, that could result in a finding of negligence.

Second, the violation of a statute is known as negligence per se.  The failure to stop at a stop sign is a driver’s failure to obey a traffic control device under ORS section 811.265.  The violation of this statute is meant to both 1) create orderly function on the roads, and 2) prevent foreseeable harm to other motorists.  Where a truck driver runs a red light and causes a personal injuries in a collision, a victim suffering those personal injuries may be able to automatically find the truck driver negligent by virtue of the truck driver violating the statute.  This is known as the doctrine of negligence per se.

In addition, a trucking company may be liable for the negligence of a truck driver that the trucking company employs.  This is known as the doctrine of respondeat superior and all the victim must show is that the truck driver was operating within his or her scope of employment when the crash occurred.  This is because companies are liable for the actions fo their employees.

Ask our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyer for Help if a Truck Driver Running a Stop Sign Caused Your Personal Injuries

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Oregon Trucking Accident Causing a Concussion: What Are My Rights?

oregon trucking accident causing a concussion portland fetal stroke lawyer

Protect Your Rights After an Oregon Trucking Accident Causing a Concussion Costs You Big

One of the most severe types of personal injuries after any type of motor vehicle accident is a traumatic brain injury.  Also known as a TBI, a traumatic brain injury affects the way the brain functions and could have permanent, debilitating effects. One of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries is a concussion. While most people have heard of a concussion through the recent news in sports, particularly football, an Oregon trucking accident causing a concussion is much different. This is because of the large size and heavyweight of a commercial vehicle like a semi-tractor trailer, delivery van, logging truck, or other 18 wheeler which generate significant momentum.  These massive vehicles causing concussions simply are not comparable to another football player hitting a victim.

When a person suffers a concussion after an Oregon trucking accident, he or she may be entitled to damages. Under Oregon law, damages is the measure of relief that a party may recover in a lawsuit. In a personal injury action such as in Oregon trucking accident, damages are typically pecuniary. Therefore, victims in an organ trucking accident may be entitled to the following monetary compensation:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings of unable to return to the same job due to disability
  • Loss of consortium or loss of services and affection loved ones and family members
  • Medical bills and future medical expenses
  • Expenses for nursing care, including around-the-clock care when older
  • Property damage
  • Therapy needs, including physical therapy, speech therapy, vocational therapy, and other types of related therapy
  • Medication cost, and
  • Many other common expenses.

What is a Concussion?

The CDC defines a concussion as “a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twisting the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching are damaging brain cells.”  This damage to the brain is working cause dysfunction. It is similar to an impact on the muscle which causes bruising and soreness, however the brain does not heal in the same way as a muscle does. 

Rather, the brain generally suffers some type of permanent injury which results in the dysfunction. Sometimes this dysfunction causes temporary or minor disability, however other times it can cause permanent and debilitating disability. Unfortunately, the brain does not always have injuries which show up on imaging studies. The brain also does not heal like a broken bone or torn muscle. In fact, researchers still do not understand all of the brain’s mysteries including how it heals itself or why it will not heal itself after certain injuries.

Debilitating Effects from Concussions

Concussions are a rather difficult type of traumatic brain injury to figure out and assess. This is because concussions are well known and many people do not take them seriously, including some healthcare providers. Unfortunately, this could result in serious injury of a permanent nature to innocent victims. Are Oregon trucking accident lawyer knows that all concussions must be treated seriously and aggressively to prevent further damage and permanent damage. When healthcare providers fail to do so, it can result in debilitating effects from concussions. In other instances, the severity of an Oregon trucking accident could already resulted in debilitating effects.

Some of the most debilitating effects from an Oregon trucking accident causing a concussion include the following:

  • Memory loss
  • Speech impairments
  • Severe headaches and debilitating migraines
  • Inability to focus
  • Issues with problem-solving, including basic functioning
  • Hazy or fogged thinking
  • Difficulty performing basic functions, including brushing teeth or operating a motor vehicle
  • Difficulty eating, drinking, or swallowing
  • Issues with balance or coordination
  • Trouble with voluntary movement
  • Involuntary movement such as tremors or shakes
  • Seizure disorders or epilepsy
  • Brain believes and other serious injuries inside of the head
  • Inability to return to one’s prior job or career
  • Need for permanent and around-the-clock nursing care, even for basic hygiene or living assistance, and
  • Many other common issues.

If an Oregon Trucking Accident Caused a Concussion, Ask Our Law Firm 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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Types of Skull Fractures from Oregon Trucking Accidents

oregon trucking accident lawyer TBI skull fracture

Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Explain the Types of Skill Fractures from Oregon Trucking Accidents

One of the most devastating types of personal injuries in Oregon trucking accidents are skull fractures.  This type of injury can be catastrophic.  The reason why these injuries are so devastating is that it takes a lot of force to fracture the skull.  This is because the skull is a very hard and strong bone which is meant to withstand significant pressure and force.  The purpose of the skull is to protect the brain and it generally does a good job and doing just that.  However, large commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and other box trucks can cause explosive and devastating impacts which could fracture the skull.  There are many types of skull fractures which could be caused by a truck wreck. If this happens, ask our Portland trucking accident lawyers for help with your case.

Victims who suffer a skull fracture from Oregon trucking accidents may be entitled to compensation for their personal injuries.  Compensation includes some of the following:

  • Past pain and suffering
  • Future pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Lost future earnings
  • Loss of consortium
  • Property damage
  • Need for physical therapy and other treatment, and 
  • Other injuries or damages caused by the Oregon trucking accident.

Types of Skull Fractures

There are several different types of skull fractures which could be caused by an Oregon trucking accident. These include come of the following types:

  • Simple fracture – this is when the bone breaks by the skin is not pierced and the bone usually stays in place.
  • Compound fracture – this is when the bone breaks and the bone splinters the skin.  This is very dangerous because it usually means that the bone can pierce the brain as well.
  • Linear fracture – this is when the cranial bone breaks and there is a thin line.
  • Stellate fracture  – this is when multiple linear fractures radiate from the site of impact, kind of like a ball hitting a glass pane and causing spider cracks.
  • Basilar fracture – this is a fracture at the base or bottom of the skull (back)
  • Depression fracture – this is a break in the cranial bone that causes a depression like a pothole.  This is dangerous because the depression displaces the space of brain tissue and can damage brain tissue
  • Penetrating fracture – this is when the brain suffers an injury because something fractures through the skull and into the brain.

Complications from Skull Fractures: Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Victims who have a skull fracture after an Oregon trucking accident could have serious personal injuries.  The type of skull fractures which could cause the most serious damages and traumata brain injuries (TBIs) include compound fractures, basilar fracture, depression fractures, and penetrating fractures.  Victims with any type of head injury should get medical attention to ensure that they do not have a skull fracture or serious traumatic brain injury.

Ask Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers For Help if You Suffered a Skull Fracture

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

If I Was Partially at Fault for a Truck Accident Can I Still Recover? Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Oregon trucking accident caused by running a stop sign brachial plexus injuries from a trucking accident in oregon

Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers Explain Comparative Fault: If a Victim was Partially at Fault for a Truck Accident

There are many possible causes for Oregon trucking accidents. This includes a truck driver speeding, driving while fatigued, aggressive driving, failing to yield or stop, and many other common causes. Another common cause could actually be the victim partially at fault for a truck accident. This is not always an issue in a trucking accident, and most times a truck driver, trucking company, or insurance company will blame the victim for causing the accident. Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers know that most trucking accidents are caused by the reckless or careless acts of a truck driver. For a defendant to blame a victim is simply not acceptable.

However, sometimes the actions of a reckless, careless, or negligent truck driver may cause you to have to take evasive actions or unconventional maneuvers in your motor vehicle. After an accident, this may look like you also contributed to or caused and accident given the on orthodox position of your vehicle or movements of your vehicle. This is because a trucking accident happens so fast and natural instincts respond, which sometimes means that a victim cannot follow the exact rule of law for traffic safety. Above all else, a victim needs to protect his or her life, and the life of the victim’s occupants in the motor vehicle which usually are other family members including children.  Thus, it is a sad truth how truck drivers can shift at least some blame on the victim.

Oregon is a Modified Comparative Negligence State

Oregon Law section 31.600 sets forth how a victim who was comparatively at fault may be able to collect for an Oregon trucking accident causing serious or catastrophic personal injuries.  Oregon is a modified comparative fault state. Generally, this means that a victim may recover what ever is awarded to him or her minus the percentage of fault he or she has for causing the subject trucking accident.

For example, if a victim recovers $200,000 for a trucking accident and was 10% at fault, that victim while have his or her award reduced by 10%, or $20,000.  This means that the victim will only be able to recover $180,000.

However, the amount of faults is not limitless. Therefore, if a person is more than half at fault for a trucking accident, he or she may be barred from collecting any recovery. This means that a victim who was 51% or more at fault for a trucking accident may be completely barred from recovering any money to pay for catastrophic injuries if a truck driver for trucking company is found to be less than 49% at fault.

This is why it is always imperative to have Oregon trucking accident lawyers represent you and your family. Truck drivers and trucking companies will try to pass as much blame as they can onto you, the victim, in an effort to prove that you were more than 51% at fault for the Oregon trucking accident. This is because truck drivers and trucking companies snow at Oregon has this modified comparative fault law, which other states have but many other major trucking states do not have such as New York, Florida, California, and New Mexico.

Ask Our Oregon Trucking Accidents Lawyers to Help You if You May be Partially At Fault

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Coup Contrecoup Brain Injury: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

traumatic brain injury

Learn About a Coup Contrecoup Brain Injury from Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Of the most debilitating and catastrophic personal injuries after a trucking accident may be a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. This type of personal injury could result in permanent and irreversible damage to the brain which requires around the clock medical care and attention. Some individuals suffer a traumatic brain injury may never be able to return to the same line of work or take care of themselves independently ever again. There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries, and unfortunately trucking accidents are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries due to the sheer size and weight of these large commercial vehicles. One of the most damaging types of traumatic brain injuries is a coup contrecoup brain injury. Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers know how devastating this type of traumatic brain injury can be and we explain what rights you may have to protect under the law.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury or TBI is defined as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that may be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.  A coup contrecoup brain injury can be caused by all three of these actions. A traumatic brain injury could be temporary or permanent, or at least the symptoms of of a traumatic brain injury after an Oregon trucking accident could be temporary or permanent. Unfortunately, most times the damage to the brain caused in any type of auto accident is in some form permanent. While the symptoms may go away, future impairments may become more obvious as a person ages. This is why it is imperative to always have any brain injury caused by any auto accident reviewed by Oregon trucking accident lawyers.

What is a Coup Contrecoup Brain Injury?

To understand a coup contrecoup brain injury, one must first understand the anatomy of the brain. The brain is protected by the hardened bone forming the skull. Inside of the skull, the brain is wrapped with various layers of tissue which help cushion the brain from impact, keep bacteria and viruses out, hydrate the brain, and many other important functions. Also inside of the skull and around layers of tissue is a fluid known as cerebral spinal fluid. This fluid also helps to cushion the brain, hydrate the brain, and perform other important functions.

Since the brain is suspended in this fluid, it can shift or move slightly inside of the skull. This is completely normal and also helps the body regulate intracranial pressure. However, because the brain is suspended in fluid, it can shift violently in an explosive trucking accident. This may cause the brain to slide back and forth in the skull. When it does this, the brain can sustain damage to the opposite side of the impact and then swing backwards and sustained injury to the side of the impact. This is what is known as a coup contrecoup brain injury.

Dangers of Coup Contrecoup Brain Injuries After Oregon Trucking Accidents

There are many dangers after a coup contrecoup brain injury. The first and most obvious danger is physical damage to one or more sides of the brain. The second and lesser-known danger is swelling and brain bleeding. This can increase intracranial pressure faster than the body can decrease intracranial pressure. As a result, this can of compressed important brain tissue and restrict oxygen flow to other parts of the brain. If there is too high of intracranial pressure, brain tissue may even be ejected out the base of the skull and down the spinal canal. When this happens it is extremely likely that there will be a permanent brain damage if not wrongful death.

Victims Who Have Suffered  Coup Contrecoup Brain Injury Should Call Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers for Immediate Help With Their Case

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Locations of Spinal Cord Injuries and Disability: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Oregon trucking accident roll over trucking accident in oregon

Learn the Locations of Spinal Cord Injuries and Disability it Causes from our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Spinal cord injuries, or SCI, are an injury that could occur in any auto accident.  But this is particularly true in a trucking accident with a large commercial vehicle such as a semi tractor trailer, big rig, box truck, or other 18 wheeler. 

This is because these large vehicles have significantly more momentum and force behind them.  When they collide with another vehicle, the collision can be explosive.  While the spinal cord is usually well-protected by the spinal column’s vertebrae, thick muscle, and cushioning connective tissue, the shockwave from a truck collision could cause damage right these shields.  Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers know this to be true and explain some of the locations of spinal cord injuries and disability that could be caused by the damage.

Basic Spinal Cord Anatomy

The spinal cord is a soft piece of tissue that originates at the base of the skull and extends to the lower back  The brain and spinal cord are part of the central nervous system.  The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae which make up the spinal column.  Other nerves extend past the spinal cord from the vertebrae and extent to the tips of your fingers and toes.  These nerves govern sensation, movement, and other functions.  These nerves are known as the peripheral nervous system.  The messages from the peripheral nervous system are sent up the spinal cord and to the brain for processing, which is then relayed back down the spinal cord and to the nerves again.

This is how pain works.  For example, if you touch a hot surface with your hand the peripheral nerves will sent the message up the spinal cord and to the brain and say this is hot and painful.  The brain will process the information which says that is bad for the body and whatever is touching the hot surface should get away from that dangerous stimuli.  The brain then sends a message back down the spinal cord to tell your hand to part to move off the hot surface.  The messages travels to the motor nerves of the peripheral nervous system in your hand to tell your hand to move off the hot surface.  

When there is damage to the spinal cord it could result in disability.  Locations of spinal cord injuries and disability all dictate what will and will not be sent up and down the spinal cord for processing.

Damage to the Spinal Cord Prevents Messages

When an Oregon trucking accident causes damage to the spinal cord, it can stop messages from being sent up and down the spinal cord.  This means that the messages from the brain are not being received by the peripheral nervous system to move.  This also means that messages from the peripheral nervous system regarding sensation are not being sent to the brain to process.  

Locations of Spinal Cord Injuries and Disability

The location of the spinal cord injury affects what happens with sensation.  The location is therefore very important when gauging the severity of the spinal cord injury and the disability from an Oregon trucking accident.  Here is a general guide to locations of spinal cord injuries and disability caused by it:

Cervical spinal cord injury (neck) – Injuries here could

affect nearly the entire body.  The closer to the skull, the more likely that a person may be a quadriplegic from a cervical spinal cord injury.  Lower on the neck in the cervical range could result in some function of the arms and upper torso.

Thoracic spinal cord injury (mid-back) – This is a rare spot for a spinal cord injury but it can happen in powerful trucking accidents and 18 wheeler wrecks.  SCIs here cause paralysis or weakness in the legs, including loss of sensation or coordination.  Sometimes injuries can cause bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction.  Complications with the legs are much more common than complications with the hands, but that is possible in higher thoracic injuries.

Lumbar spinal cord injuries (lower back) – SCI in the lumbar back can cause weakness and disability to the legs.  Unless it is very high on the lumbar area, there is usually going to be some movement or sensation in the legs—even with a full severance of the spinal cord.  Most lumbar SCIs cause general muscle lack of sensation or function, including the leg muscles, buttocks, and foot.  Sometimes there is sexual dysfunction as well and incontinence issues.

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.