A few weeks ago, we spoke about the severity of truck accidents and the how a collision with an 18-wheeler could lead to serious injuries. A common injury in truck accidents in Ohio are spinal cord injuries, which could be catastrophic to a victim. Over one third of all spinal cord injuries nationwide occur from motor vehicle accidents, according to statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
A spinal cord injury occurs when a strike or blow to the body fractures or dislocates vertebrae in the spine. This may also cause ligament bruising or tearing of nerves in the spinal cord. In addition, shortly following a spinal cord injury, it is not uncommon for swelling, inflammation and bleeding to cause additional damage to the nerves.
The location where the injury occurred on the spine is often related to where a victim is affected. Upper spinal cord injuries are more likely to affect the arms and hands, while lower level injuries are more likely to affect pelvis organs and legs. There are two classifications for a spinal cord injury -- complete injuries where nearly all sensation and movement below the spot of the injury are lost, and incomplete, where there is still some sensation or movement.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a catastrophic truck accident that has led to serious injuries including a serious spinal cord injury, you may want to reach out to a lawyer to look at your case. If it can be proven that negligence played a role in the accident, whether it was unqualified truck driver, truck driver fatigue or a failure to follow the laws regarding a truck driver's hours on the road, you may pursue compensation for your injuries, which could include pain and suffering, lost wages and recuperation of medical costs including rehabilitation.
Source: Live Science, "Spinal Cord Injury: Levels, Symptoms & Treatment," Tanya Lewis, Oct. 13, 2014