When a negligent truck driver causes an 18-wheeler accident on a busy highway in Dallas, Fort Worth, or the Mid-Cities area, the consequences can be catastrophic for the occupants of much smaller passenger vehicles. One devastating injury that victims can suffer is a spinal cord injury causing paralysis. These victims could require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatment over a lifetime and round-the-clock assistance with personal needs.
How Paralysis Is Caused by a Truck Accident
While there are a number of ways paralysis can occur, one of the leading causes is a sudden blow to the spine in a truck or other motor vehicle accident. The spine is a vital part of a person’s central nervous system and transmits signals from the brain through nerve channels that run throughout the body. When the spine suffers a violent blow, it can cause damage to the spinal cord and nerves and disrupt the messages between the brain and nerves throughout the body. The injury can be to the person’s vertebrae, ligaments, disks, nerve fibers, or the spinal cord. The result can be paralysis, with permanent changes to a person’s sensations, strength, mobility, and other bodily functions below the site of the injury.
Types of Paralysis a Truck Accident Victim Could Suffer
With complete paralysis, a person loses all sensation and ability to control bodily functions below the site of the spinal injury. Incomplete paralysis results in a partial loss of sensation and control of movement. Specific types of paralysis include the following:
This type of paralysis affects an individual’s trunk, legs, and pelvic organs, but he can still use his hands and arms.
A person will have partial or total loss of sensation and ability to move one limb.
A person’s arm and leg on one side of his body is paralyzed.
This is also referred to as quadriplegia and affects an accident victim’s hands, arms, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
Did you or a loved one suffer paralysis or another spinal injury in a commercial truck accident in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? Our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to fight for the compensation you deserve so that you receive the medical treatment and other care you will need during your lifetime. To learn more about your legal options and to get your questions answered, contact us online or call our office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule a free initial consultation today.