Severe New Mexico Trucking Accident Injuries Resulting in a Joint Replacement
A New Mexico trucking accident can result in catastrophic injuries. This is because a commercial vehicle like a big rig, 18 wheeler, semi tractor trailer, double trailer, and other large box truck generate a lot of force in a collision. This means individuals in smaller, passenger vehicles will be subjected to that force. This will cause extreme damage to individuals, which typically are focused on the head, spine, and joints. The joints that are most commonly injured are the shoulders, hips, and knees. When these structures are extensively injured, they could require a complete joint replacement. This is an extensive surgery which is permanent and irreversible.
Victims of a New Mexico trucking accident who have had a joint replacement due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company should call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help. We offer FREE consultations and case evaluations to explain how we can help victims injured by careless, reckless, and negligent truck drivers and trucking company. Call by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation today.
Why are Joint Replacements Common in New Mexico Trucking Accidents?
Joint replacements are common in New Mexico trucking accidents because of the sheer power of these types of collisions. Joints already have a lot of stress on them from daily living, which they are capable of handling. But the significant impact in an 18 wheeler wreck can rip, tear, damage, compression, and otherwise derange even the strongest and healthiest of joints.
In addition, the knees are vulnerable to crushing injuries because of their proximately to the dashboard. The shoulder is vulnerable to twisting or rolling over of a vehicle, as well as from the violent start/stop of an impact and the immediate yank backwards of the seatbelt. Your hips are also vulnerable because they can be crushed in side impacts, and also have some potential for seatbelt (lap belt) injuries.
Common Joint Replacements Due to a New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wreck
There are many types of joint replacements that could be caused by a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck. Each of these types of joint replacements are expensive and can result in significant medical bills and lost wages. Some of the most common types of joint replacements in a New Mexico trucking accident include the following:
- Shoulder replacement - the rotator cuffs are extremely vulnerable in a high-force impact like a trucking accident, and they can be completely sheered off and torn. Damage to the boney structure around these rotator cuffs and joint is possible, where the rotator cuffs could even cause avulsion fractures (pulling away from the bone). When the shoulder is so damaged that it cannot be repaired, a joint replacement may be necessary. This is particularly true when the proximal end of the humerus (the end closest to the center of your body) is crushed or damaged beyond replace.
- Knee replacement - your knee is likely to be injured one way or another in a New Mexico trucking accident. There are many ligaments and tendons over and around the knee. Damage to these tendons and ligaments could become so extensive that a reconstruction is needed. However, this generally reveals arthritic changes to the knee which may not be conductive to repair, but a complete replacement of the knee. This could also be the case when the knee is completely crushed in a semi tractor trailer accident.
- Hip replacement - a hip replacement is a massive surgery and, while generally successful, as a generally poor outlook for a person's remaining life. Your hip could be injured in a box truck crash when it is crushed and damaged to a point where it can no longer function. This may require surgeons to give you a completely knew hip joint.
Victims of a New Mexico Trucking Accident that Need to Undergo a Joint Replacement Should Call Our Law Firm
Joint replacement surgeries are very serious cases. If you have been seriously injured in a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck and suffered injuries requiring a joint replacement, please contact our experienced Albuquerque big rig crash lawyer to learn how we can help you. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call us at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn what your rights to compensation may be by dialing (505) 883-5000. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.