Trucking Accidents and Auto Accidents Causing Spinal Cord Injuries: Albuquerque Quadriplegia Lawyers
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most debilitating, catastrophic, and life changing personal injuries that a person in a trucking accident or auto accident could sustain. Quadriplegia is the most severe of all spinal cord injuries. This is because quadriplegia affects nearly the entire body, causing some form of paralysis to all four limbs and the majority of the torso. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, more than half of all spinal cord injuries are quadriplegia injuries and cost over $1.1 million in the first year of the injury. In addition, victims who are diagnosed with quadriplegia at the age of 25 will have a lifetime cost of almost $5 million. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in any trucking accident or auto accident, ask our Albuquerque quadriplegia lawyers for help.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know how difficult it is for victims and their families after serious trucking accidents resulting in spinal cord injuries such as paraplegia or quadriplegia. Our experienced Albuquerque quadriplegia lawyers know how to fight back at insurance companies and trucking companies who are trying to minimize your claim by shifting blame to you, claiming your injuries are pre-existing, or diminishing your damages. We have industry leading experts and professionals on our side to help demonstrate liability and your injuries in quadriplegia personal injuries in trucking accidents or auto accidents. We understand that quadriplegia injuries are very expensive, especially in the first year. This is why we accept cases on a contingency basis meaning victims get to keep money in their pocket now for medical expenses and to cover lost wages, and we only receive a percentage of what we recover for you after a settlement or verdict.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries and Quadriplegia
The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system. The brain is the processing center of the body and the spinal cord is the messenger superhighway between the brain and the rest of the body. Other smaller nerves snake out of various parts of the spinal cord as it goes down the spinal column (the back).
These small learners are known as the peripheral nervous system and they extend to the tips of your fingers and your toes. These nerves govern sensation and motor movement, among other functions. Once these nerves receive some type of sensation, they send messages of the spinal cord into the brain where the brain processes those messages and sends a response down the spinal cord into those nerves. Essentially, the peripheral nervous system is what gathers information that the brain can make decisions about.
The classic example is when your hand touches a hot plate and sends a message to your brain that the temperate is very hot and painful. The brain interprets a temperature that is very hot and painful to cause damage to the body, and the brain sends a message down the spinal cord to than yours of the hand telling the hand to let go before damage occurs.
This is how the nervous systems are intended to interact with each other. However, when there is a spinal cord injury the messages between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system, particularly the brain, may not reach each other. This is due to damage in the spinal cord which alters, inhibits, or entirely prevents messages from being sent. When this happens, a person may be unable to sense, move, or perform other functions below the damage to the spinal cord.
What is Quadriplegia?
Quadriplegia is when a spinal cord injury is in a cervical spine or neck region of the body. This is known as a high spinal cord injury or high quadriplegia injury. This is because injuries in the neck which inhibit the signals from the brain can impair function from every point below that injury. Since the neck is very high up on the body, this means that all four limbs and the majority of the torso may have difficulty with sensation or motor function. Our Albuquerque quadriplegia lawyers know how devastating this spinal injury can be.
There are two types of quadriplegia which dictate the level of sensation or motor function a person will have in their lives or torso. The first type of quadriplegia isn’t incomplete or partial quadriplegic injury. This occurs when there is some damage to the spinal cord but not enough to completely sever the spinal cord. This means that some messages regarding sensation and motor function may be sent between the peripheral nervous system and the brain. However, not all messages may make it past the damage point in the spinal cord. The second type of quadriplegia injury is a complete or total quadriplegic injury. This is when the spinal cord is completely ruptured and no signals between the peripheral nervous system and the brain are being sent or received.
How a Trucking Accident or Auto Accident Can Cause Quadriplegia: Albuquerque Quadriplegia Lawyers
Any type of trucking accident or auto accident could cause a spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia. This is particularly true in the most violent or explosive types of collisions such as interstate collisions or head-on collision’s, especially with a large commercial vehicle like an 18 wheeler for semi tractor-trailer. Some of the most common ways how a trucking accident or auto accident can cause quadriplegia that are Albuquerque quadriplegia lawyers a handle for you and your family include the following:
- Drunk driving
- Running a red light or running a stop sign
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Improperly merging or changing lanes
- Following too closely or tailgating resulting in a rear end accident
- Illegal drug use, including truck drivers using cocaine to stay awake
- Inexperience, particularly the truck drivers or teenage drivers, and
- Other common causes.
Quadriplegia Victims Need Our Law Firm to Help Them
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a New Mexico trucking accident resulting in spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia, ask our Albuquerque quadriplegia lawyers to help you. Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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