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A broken back from an Albuquerque trucking crash is a very serious injury. Your back is the most important structural aspect of your body. It connects all of your limbs and head together, allowing for the transfer of messages through nerves in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and through the peripheral nervous system (from the limbs to the spine). Your back is very resilient and strong, and helps sustain a lot of weight and pressure. It is said that a bad back, or even just slouching, can affect your entire body from your head to your feet.
This is why victims of collisions with big rigs, 18 wheelers, box trucks, or other large commercial tractor trailers need to contact an experienced Albuquerque trucking crash lawyer. Not just any lawyer will do when you have a back injury from a trucking wreck. Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, we focus primarily on tractor trailer crashes. We have the experience and knowledge of both the law and the medicine to fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help you.
A broken back is a general term for broken, or fractured, bones in the spinal column. This column is comprised of vertebrae, or individual vertebra. These vertebra are thick ring-like structures which original at the base of the skull and continue into the pelvis. While they are very strong, they can still fracture in an 18 wheeler wreck, especially on an interstate like I-40, I-25, or I-10. In the middle of the spinal column is the spinal cord, a very soft, jelly-like structure. Nerves originate from the spinal cord, through small openings in the vertebrae, and out to the rest of the body like the limbs.
When a victim breaks his or her back, there could be very severe consequences. The most severe consequence of a broken back is damage to the spinal cord itself. When the spinal cord is injured due to a fractured vertebra, or multiple vertebrae, it may no longer send signals up and down the spine to the brain. This means that signals from the toes may not get to the head for processing, creating a lack of sensation or motor ability.
Another serious injury due to a broken back is the need for a fusion. This could occur when a vertebra is compressed or otherwise destroyed in a collision to the point where it is no longer able to sustain weight. In this situation, the vertebra may need to be supplemented with other bone grafts, cement, or other implants. The broken vertebra may also need to be fused with the other vertebrae above and below it to prevent further damage to the bone and any damage to the spinal cord.
A broken back, especially one impinging on or damaging the spinal cord, can result in years of serious medical treatment, bills, and rehabilitation. This is not a simple type of case and victims need proper representation in trucking crashes.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, our lawyers focus on trucking accidents and our staff is trained to work on complex medical and trucking cases. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to prove liability and demonstrate your damages to a court in order to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today to schedule a FREE consultation by dialing today (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.