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. 

Unable to Walk after an Oregon Trucking Accident

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Catastrophic Personal Injuries: Unable to Walk After an Oregon Trucking Accident 

A commercial vehicle like a large 18 wheeler, tanker, big rig, and other box truck could cause serious or catastrophic personal injuries in a collision.  An Oregon trucking accident involving one of these big machines could easily be fatal.  Some of the most common injuries are injuries to the neck or back.  Severe enough injuries could result in a form of paralysis.  Victims who are unable to walk after an Oregon trucking accident should seek the help of a lawyer to protect their rights to compensation.

Here at Kuhlman Law, our Oregon trucking accident lawyers help protect the rights of victims and their families when a negligent truck driver or trucking companies causes serious personal injuries.  This includes serious personal injuries which result in a victim being unable to walk after an Oregon trucking accident.

Paralysis from a Trucking Accident in Oregon

When a victim is unable to walk after an 18 wheeler wreck, it is likely due to the serious nature of the damage to the spinal cord or brain.  These two structures form the central nervous system.  The spinal cord is what sends messages to and from the brain to the rest of the body.  This includes sensation but also motor movement.  When the spinal cord is damaged, messages to the brain telling the body to move can be greatly affected. This is what can causes paralysis.

Types of Paralysis Which Could Make a Person Unable to Walk After an Oregon Trucking Accident

There are two forms of paralysis and two types of paralysis.  The two forms are incomplete and complete paralysis.  Incomplete paralysis is when there is some damage to the spinal cord but messages can still be sent up and down the spine.  This means that there could be some decreases sensation and function, but there may still be some.  Complete paralysis is when there is catastrophic damage to the spinal cord which results in a severance.  This means that the damage done prevents messages from being sent from the brain to the rest of the body below that injury.

There are than two types of paralysis.  Paraplegia is damage to the spinal cord which results in an inability to use the legs.  This damage to the spinal cord prevents a person’s lower body from functioning.  This includes the legs and lower torso.  Victims may be seriously injured and never regain the ability to walk.

The other type is quadriplegia, which is also known as tetraplegia.  This is a very serious type of paralysis which affects all four limbs.  This is because the damage to the spinal cord is much higher.  A person may have disability to both arms, legs, and the majority of the torso.

In combining the form and classification, a person could have an incomplete quadriplegia injury which results in some loss of function and movement but still some.  Whereas a person could have a complete paraplegia and have no function of the lower legs at all.

Are You Unable to Walk After an Oregon Trucking Accident?  We Can 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. 

Signs of a Brain Injury Caused by an Oregon Trucking Accident

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Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Share the Signs of a Brain Injury by an Oregon Trucking Accident

There are many possible causes of a brain injury, but an Oregon trucking accident is one of the most common and most likely types.  This is because an 18 wheeler wreck is powerful and collisions are typically explosive.  Victims in smaller, passenger vehicles can be seriously injured or wrongfully killed in even low or medium-speed collisions.  But many trucking accidents occur in high-speed collisions on highways and interstates throughout Oregon, including in Portland, Bend, and Deschutes County.  Our Portland trucking accident lawyers know that brain injuries can be one of the most debilitating types of personal injuries.  However, sometimes the signs of a brain injury caused by an Oregon trucking accident is not always obvious.  Sometimes it can take weeks or months for these symptoms to become obvious.

This is why it is imperative for victims and their families to know the signs of a brain injury caused by an Oregon trucking accident.  The earlier that medical care and treatment can begin, the better the prognosis normally is.  This is particularly true if the brain injury is one that continues to grow worse until it is healed—like a brain bleed.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured and suffered a brain injury as a result of an Oregon trucking accident, as our Portland trucking accident lawyers for help.  Even if you are not sure you suffered a brain injury, always ask what we can do for your by protecting your rights to compensation.  There are many different types of brain injuries such as a diffuse axonal brain injury, brain bleed, concussion, coup-contrecoup, and other types.  Always get medical help and then ask a lawyer for a free case review to protect your rights.

Signs of a Brain Injury

Some of the most common signs of a brain injury include the most basic.  This is because all brain injuries will result in some type of head trauma, head pain, or headache.  But there are many other symptoms of brain injuries which could be more difficult or subtle to identify.  This is true of many other types of brain injuries which do not necessarily need you to impact your head to suffer.  This includes a diffuse axonal brain injury or a coup-contrecoup brain injury which do not need to have the victim hit his or her head to suffer.

The common signs of a brain injury caused by an Oregon trucking accident include the following:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Anxiety 
  • Speech problems
  • Problem solving issues
  • Migraines  
  • Seizures 
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Vision problems
  • Loss of smell
  • Hearing issues or a ringing in the ears
  • Loss of sensation to one side of the body
  • Depression
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Inability to hold a job
  • Attention deficit issues
  • Issues regarding coordination 
  • Trouble with language, and
  • Many other symptoms.

Injured in an Oregon 18 Wheeler Wreck?  Call Us 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. 

Centerline Trucking Accidents in Oregon

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Understanding Oregon Law When a Tractor Trailer Crosses the Centerline in Oregon

Centerline violations are particularly dangerous.  This is because another motorist is crossing into the direct pathway and right-of-way of another vehicle.  Almost all centerline violations are due to the negligence of another motorist.  When it comes to large commercial trucks crossing the centerline, the negligence could also be caused by a maintenance companies, mechanic, or other product manufacturer that installed or made the brakes, steering column, wheels, or other equipment on the truck.  These means that victims may be entitled to recover compensation for their injuries.  And those injuries from centerline trucking accidents in Oregon could be catastrophic and devastating.

Our Portland trucking accident lawyers know just how catastrophic and devastating these injuries could be.  Victims could be seriously injured when their smaller, passenger vehicle is fit head on by a large commercial truck like an 18 wheeler, semi tractor trailer, tanker, or other big rig.  Head on collisions are some of the most explosive and devastating types of collisions which could result in devastating personal injuries.  Victims could be permanently disabled or wrongfully killed even on local roads.  But when centerline violations occurred on highways and interstates, it is incredibly likely for victims to lose their life.

Cross the Centerline is Usually Illegal

Under Oregon law, ORS 811.310 provides that a person is prohibited from crossing the centerline unless 1) authorized by traffic signs, 2) when there is an obstruction in the roadway and it is necessary to cross the centerline to avoid the obstruction, or 3) when making a turn into an intersection, alley, or private road or driveway.  All of these turns must be made when it is safe and no other vehicle presents an immediate hazard to the vehicle crossing the centerline.

Common Causes of Centerline Violations

There are many common causes of centerline violations which could be caused by the negligence of another motorist.  The most common causes of centerline trucking accidents in Oregon include the following:

  • Falling asleep at the wheel or drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving, including the use of cocaine which is common among truck drivers to stay away long hours
  • Distracted driving, including cell phone use, GPS, radio, hand-held radio, and eating
  • Inexperience 
  • Aggressive driving
  • Rushing to make a delivery on time
  • Braking errors
  • Steering column failures
  • Wheel or tire blowouts, and
  • Many other common causes.

Common Injuries from Centerline Trucking Accidents in Oregon

There are many possible injuries which could be caused in a centerline trucking accident,  Unfortunately, the most common personal injuries are all catastrophic because of the nature of a head on collision being so explosive and dangerous.  The most common injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brachial plexus nerve injuries
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones or fractured bones
  • Organ injuries
  • Disfigurement 
  • Head injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Blindness
  • Burn injuries
  • Orbital blowout fractures
  • Need for surgery, including life-saving procedures
  • Paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Wrongful death, and
  • Other serious personal injuries.

Injured by a Truck That Crossed the Centerline?  Call Our Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Today

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

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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

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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. 

Infant Spinal Cord Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Understanding the What, How, and Liability of Infant Spinal Cord Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain This Type of Oregon Medical Malpractice

Spinal cord injuries are a serious problem.  There are approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injuries each year.  There are almost 300,000 Americans living with spinal cord injuries.  While most instances of spinal cord injuries occur due to accidents such as motor vehicles and falls, 4.3% of all spinal cord injuries are due to medical or surgical incidents.  This means that there are over 762 spinal cord injuries each year caused by medical or surgical procedures.  That is a large number considering that the costs of spinal cord injuries in the first year can span between almost $370,000 to $1.1 million.  The more severe and younger the patient, the more costly the spinal cord injury.  This is why infant spinal cord injuries are so devastating and damaging.  

Our Portland birth injury lawyers know how destructive and devastating infant spinal cord injuries can be when it is due to Oregon medical malpractice.  Victims and their families have significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens to overcome.  These can be catastrophic personal injuries, especially for a newborn.  Medical bills, surgical procedures, medication, and braces or modifications to a house, vehicle, bed, bathroom, and other parts of the home may add significant costs to caring for a newborn with infant spinal cord injuries.  Learn more about this catastrophic injury and what it is, how it is caused, and why it is commonly Oregon medical malpractice due to Portland birth injuries.

What are Infant Spinal Cord Injuries?

Infant spinal cord injuries are damages done to the spinal cord.  The spinal cord could be damaged during the birthing process or immediately after.  In some instances, the spinal cord could be injured in such a way that the damage is permanent.  There are two types of spinal cord injuries. The first is an incomplete or partial spinal cord injury where the spinal cord is partially damages but not completely severed.  This means that there are some signals being sent between the brain and the rest fo the body, but there could be decreased sensation and function.  The second is a complete or total spinal cord injury which is when the spinal cord is completely severed and there is no communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

Common Causes of Infant Spinal Cord Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

There are many possible causes of infant spinal cord injuries.  These injuries could result in debilitating damage which is permanent and will cause a lifetime of complications for a loved one.  Some of the most common infant spinal cord injuries which occur due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Delays in performing a c-section
  • Excessive use of traction tools such as vacuum extractors or forceps
  • Rotational stresses on the spine (spinning the baby too much inside)
  • Hyperextension of the baby’s head which can severe the spinal cord or damage it
  • Pulling, yanking, grabbing, or otherwise places stress on a baby’s arm or neck by pulling from the arm
  • Improper positioning 
  • Failure to monitor the baby to avoid an emergency
  • Large baby or small birth canal, or a combination which should have been detected and avoided
  • Overextending the baby’s back or neck, and
  • Many other common causes from Oregon medical malpractice which should be reviewed by our Portland birth injury lawyers.

Complications from Infant Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are devastating.  Besides the obvious inability to feel, sense, or have motor movement, spinal cord injuries can also cause other serious complications.  These complications can become costly and expensive.  Some of the most devastating injuries include the following:

  • Loss of feeling or sensation, or pins and needles
  • Paralysis or an inability to move or have motor function
  • Bowel and bladder control problems such as incontinence
  • Muscle spasms and abnormal reflex
  • Nerve pain and reactions
  • Difficulty breathing or abnormal breathing
  • Muscle weakness and difficulty
  • Abnormal movement
  • Inability to walk or ambulate 
  • Difficulty with basic hygiene, including just feeding or drinking normally and independently 
  • Excessive pain that does not stop, and
  • Many other common problems.

Infant Spinal Cord Injuries Should be Reviewed by Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Spinal cord injuries caused by medical malpractice, surgeries, or other poor medical care is rare in that only 4.3% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by these mechanisms.  However, spinal cord injuries are a serious problem and 4.3% of 17,730 new cases each year means that two people a day are harmed by medical errors causing spinal cord injuries.  This is in addition to the already 300,000 people already with spinal cord injuries.  When these victims are newborns with infant spinal cord injuries due to Oregon medical malpractice, they simply were not given a fair shot at life due to the careless, reckless, and downright negligence conduct of healthcare providers.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice 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 medical malpractice 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

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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.

Spinal Cord Injuries from Oregon Trucking Accident

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries from Oregon Trucking Accident Cases

The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system.  This is the major information processing and messenger system of your body.  Messages are sent and received then processed by the central nervous system from the peripheral nervous system, which is the nerves that extend from the spinal cord and travel to the tips of your fingers and toes.  The spinal cord is the messenger superhighway between the brain and the peripheral nervous system.  If there is any injury to the spinal cord, it could result in a disruption of signal between the brain and the rest of the body.  Spinal cord injuries from an Oregon trucking accident are a common way in which signals may be disrupted.

This is because large commercial vehicles like logging trucks, delivery vans, semi tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, and other big rigs are heavy and powerful.  Any type of big rig collision, especially a box truck collision on a fast-moving highway or interstate like I-5, I-82, and I-84, could result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.  This includes spinal cord injuries.  Victims with spinal cord injuries could face horrible pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, high medical bills, and other damages.  The extent of disability generally depends on the type of spinal cord injuries sustained.

Two Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two general types of spinal cord injuries.  This includes a partial or incomplete spinal cord injury and a total or complete spinal cord injury.  A partial spinal cord injury is where there is some level of functioning and sensation below the location of the injury.  A complete spinal cord injury is when there is a significant injury which results in a complete and total loss of function and sensation.

An example would be that an Oregon trucking accident victim with an incomplete spinal cord injury may be able to partially move his or her arm and has some sensation.  Whereas a big rig wreck victim with a total spinal cord injury may have no sensation or ability to move at all.

Grades of Spinal Cord Injuries

In addition to the two general types, there is a grading scale for spinal cord injuries.  This scale was created by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) and is very important.  The grading scale includes the following classifications:

  • ASIA A: Complete spinal cord injury with no sensation or motor function;
  • ASIA B: Incomplete spinal cord injury with some sensation and complete loss of motor function;
  • ASIA C: Incomplete spinal cord injury with some movement but less than 50% of the muscle groups have full range of motion and strength to lift upwards;
  • ASIA D: Incomplete spinal cord injury with more than 50% of the muscle groups have full range of motion and strength to lift upwards; 
  • ASIA E: Normal.

Victims with Any Spinal Cord Injuries After an Oregon Trucking Accident Need to Seek Legal Help

All spinal cord injuries are serious types of personal injuries.  It does not matter if there has been a very minor spinal cord injury or a catastrophic spinal cord injury, any innocent victim of a trucking accident needs to be protected.  This is because Oregon law allows victims harmed by the negligent conduct of a motorist to obtain compensation for 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.

Causes, Liability, and Damages of Head on Trucking Accidents: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

Learn the Common Causes, Liability, and Common Damages from Head On Trucking Accident in Oregon

There are few types of trucking accidents worse than a head on collision.  As the name implies, head on collision is when the front of two vehicles collide together.  This is a devastating type of auto accident because two opposite forces are combining.  This results in a significant amount of force upon impact.  Due to the large size and heavy weight of a commercial vehicle like a logging truck 18 wheeler, or other box truck, generally whatever it hits will be catastrophically damaged.  This usually translates into victims being seriously injured with permanent and disabling injuries, or being wrongfully killed.  Learn about the common causes of head on collisions, liability, and common damages from our Oregon trucking accident lawyers.

Common Causes of Head On Collisions

There are many causes to any type of auto accident or trucking accident.  But there are certain common causes of head on trucking accidents.  Most of the common causes of Oregon trucking accidents are avoidable with reasonable care as a driver.  Unfortunately, far too many truckers do not use reasonable care and take needless, reckless, and careless risks that could cause serious injury.

Some of the most common causes of Oregon head on collisions with large trucks include the following:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Fatigued driving including falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Speeding;
  • Improper lane changes;
  • Cell phone use;
  • Failing to take the weather conditions under consideration;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Truck driver inexperience;
  • Mechanical errors;
  • Tire blowouts; and
  • Many other common causes.

Liability for Head On Collisions with Large Trucks

Most of the common causes of head on trucking accidents noted above are due to negligence.  This is because the common causes could be avoided if a truck driver acts with the proper care required.  Under the common law, or judge-made law, a truck driver must use reasonable care under the circumstances in the use or operation of his or her vehicle.  This is the duty of care that all motorists owe to other motorists.  A motorist who fails to comply with this duty could be found to be negligent.

Truck drivers also must comply with Oregon vehicle and traffic law.  Violating any vehicle and traffic laws, like stopping at stop signs or red lights, failing to yield, speeding, or other traffic law violations, could result in trucking accidents.  When the violation of a vehicle and traffic law causes a trucking accident, that truck driver could be found automatically negligent through the doctrine of negligence per se.  This doctrine applies when a statute is meant to protect someone from harm, but another person violates the statute and causes harm.

Finally, truck drivers most comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.  These regulations govern safety, equipment, truck drivers, trucking companies, and a whole litany of other pertinent considerations.  If a truck driver or trucking company fail to comply with these regulations, it could result in a finding of evidence of negligence.

Damages for Head On Collisions with Trucks

Any damages that are proximately caused by a head on trucking collision could be compensated under Oregon law.  Common injuries could be traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death.  But any injury that is related to a crash may be compensated.  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.