Spinal cord injuries are common and catastrophic injuries that could occur from Oregon trucking accidents. This is particularly because of the large size and heavy weight of large tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, and other big rigs which generate powerful momentum and force on impact. Even though the spinal cord is well-protected in the vertebral column which is encased in strong bone, tractor trailer and box truck crashes can easily crush vertebrae and damage a person’s spinal cord. Our Oregon spinal cord injuries from truck accidents lawyers know how devastating and debilitating any spinal cord injury could be. Whether the damage results in a minor loss of sensation or complete paralysis from the neck down, our Bend and Portland spinal cord injury lawyers are willing to ensure your rights are protected in any trucking accident causing any damage to your spinal cord.
This is because your spinal cord is an essential and important part of your body. The spinal cord and the brain make up the central nervous system, and the nerves that extend out of the spinal cord and spread throughout your body down to your toes and fingertips are the peripheral nervous system. The spinal cord originates at the bottom of your brain and skull, and extends down your spine into your lower back. The spinal cord is encased in the strong bones that make up your spinal column known as vertebra, or vertebrae in the plural. The purpose of the spinal cord is to send messages between the brain and the peripheral nervous system which make up the rest of your body.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Generally, there are two types of spinal cord injuries which could occur in an Oregon trucking accident. The type of injury depends on the severity of the damage to the spinal cord, which in turn dictates the level of disability a person may suffer. The two general types of spinal cord injuries include the following:
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries – Incomplete spinal cord injuries, or partial spinal cord injuries, are when there is some damage to the spinal cord but not a total severance. This means that the spinal cord is still able to send at least some messages from the brain to the rest of the body, and vice versa.
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries – Complete spinal cord injuries, or total spinal cord injuries, are when the spinal cord has been completely severed and separated. This means that the two ends of the spinal cord are completely separated and there are no messages from the brain and the body being exchanged. This is a very serious type of injury and is generally permanent with significant disability.
Understanding Paraplegia Versus Quadriplegia Spinal Cord Injuries
When most people thing of spinal cord injuries they think of paraplegia and quadriplegia. These are the most common types of spinal cord injuries which could be caused in an Oregon trucking accident. Both paraplegia and quadriplegia have two, general forms which are incomplete spinal cord injuries or complete spinal cord injuries. Both types of spinal cord injuries result in some form of paralysis.
Paraplegia is when the paralysis affects the lower extremities such as the legs, feet, and lower torso. The severity of the paralysis depends on the severity of the damage to the spinal cord, as well as the level of which the damage to the spinal cord occurred. Incomplete paraplegia is the most common form of paralysis and spinal cord injuries. This is where the lower extremities and torso may suffer some loss of sensation, movement, or function, but not a total loss. Individuals with paraplegia may even be able to walk or otherwise use their lower extremities, albeit with some difficulty. However, complete paraplegia means that the spinal cord is severed and a victim generally has no sensation, movement, or function in the lower extremities and torso that are below the area of the spinal cord injury.
Whereas Quadriplegia is when the paralysis of all four limbs and the torso. The severity of the paralysis depends on the severity of the damage to the spinal cord. Incomplete quadriplegia is more common than paraplegia and it affects sensation, movement, and function throughout almost the entire body. Victims with incomplete quadriplegia may suffer from some partial loss of sensation or movement, or a complete loss of sensation but movement or vice versa. The level and combination of disability depends on where the injury is and the severity of the damage. However, complete quadriplegia results in nearly all loss of sensation, movement, and function to the extremities below the severance of the spinal cord. Complete quadriplegia is often permanent and incredibly disabling. Some victims with complete quadriplegia may only have sensation and control of parts of his or her head, upper shoulders, upper chest, and neck.
Bend/Portland, Oregon Spinal Cord Injuries From Truck Accidents Lawyers
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.
We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.
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.