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.