Large commercial trucks are heavy, oversized vehicles that can create catastrophic damage to victims in the event of a collision. Children are particularly susceptible to injuries in a trucking wreck. This is because their bodies have not yet fully developed, and their bones have not yet hardened to the extent necessary to fully protect them from such an intense impact. Further, they may be unable to remove themselves from the wreckage. One consequence of a trucking collision may be damage to a child’s spinal cord, which serves several critical functions in the body. If your child has suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of a trucking accident, contact an Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer to find out about your legal rights moving forward.
The spinal cord is a compact set of nerves that works in conjunction with the brain to communicate messages responsible for the entire body’s ability to function. With the spinal cord playing such an essential role in one’s ability to move or feel sensation, it follows that any injury to the spinal cord will result in significant damage. Large commercial trucks can cause absolutely devastating injuries to one’s spinal cord.
For adults, this means that they will have a significant decrease in their ability to move and overall quality of life. The same result will occur for a child with a spinal cord injury, with the additional heartbreak of thereafter never knowing or having their full bodily functions. Every year, children make up about 5% of spinal cord injuries overall, greatly affecting and limiting their course of their development.
A spinal cord injury can be either incomplete or complete, and may occur through bruising or tearing. Incomplete spinal cord injuries result in a partial loss of movement or feeling, occurring below the place of injury. A complete spinal cord injury however will result in a total loss of body sensation and one’s ability to function below the place of injury. These injuries can render a victim paraplegic, meaning they are paralyzed in their lower body, or quadriplegic, which is commonly referred to as being paralyzed from the neck down.
Any traumatic impact or injury to a child’s spinal cord can result in serious medical consequences. Some common causes of spinal cord injuries in children can include recreational sports activities (such as in gym class), violent acts, or falling. However, the national statistics demonstrate that of all potential causes, motor vehicle accidents account for over 42% of all spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries in children are devastating, long lasting, and will require extensive medical care. From medical bills, rehabilitative services, physical therapy, wheelchairs, or other assistive devices in the home, victims of spinal cord injuries pay for their injuries with their wallets and their quality of life. However, the law may allow for you to recover a monetary award of damages from the trucking company that left your child with such extensive injuries. A successful lawsuit can yield damages to help victims pay for the above mentioned medical expenses, the cost of pain and suffering, and assistive devices.
Our children are precious, and spinal cord injuries can be absolutely devastating. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, call the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys today 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.