Understanding Catastrophic Injury and Disability: Paralysis in a New Mexico Trucking Accident
Commercial trucking accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. Victims who survive commercial trucking accidents are often left with serious permanent injuries that can completely alter their quality of life and function. One example of a serious permanent injury that victims can sustain as a result of a semi-tractor trailer accident is paralysis. Victims who suffer paralysis will all aspects of their lives forever altered. What is even more unfortunate is the fact that often times, these accidents can be entirely avoided. This is why, if you or your loved one have suffered from paralysis due to a commercial trucking accident, you should call our trucking accident paralysis attorneys today to learn what compensation you may be eligible for as a result of your injuries due to paralysis in a New Mexico trucking accident.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers handle all types of serious trucking accidents and crashes throughout New Mexico—including those resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia. If you or a loved one suffered any type of paralysis in a New Mexico trucking accident, learn how we can help you today during a FREE consultation.
Types of Paralysis Explained
While there are many different types of paralysis, there are two common types of paralysis that a person may experience after being involved in a semi-tractor trailer accident. Both types are devastating and life-altering. These types include the following:
Quadriplegia – Quadriplegia is a type of paralysis that occurs due to a spinal cord injury. This type of paralysis occurs when there is an injury to the neck or cervical spine region. Quadriplegia refers to paralysis of all extremities, generally leaving victims unable to care for themselves without assistance. There are two types of quadriplegia which include incomplete and complete. Victims who have incomplete quadriplegia have impaired motor function and impaired sensation, but may have some level of function. Victims with complete quadriplegia have no function or sensation of their extremities as the spinal cord was completely severed.
Paraplegia – Paraplegia occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord in the lower part of the spinal cord. This results in impairment or total loss of sensation and movement of the lower extremities.
How Can Paralysis Affect an Individual
Paralysis affects the lives of victims in all aspects of their lives. Victims with paralysis must learn how to alter their lives to maintain as much independence as possible. This may include motor vehicle modifications, career changes, modifications of their home, and they also must learn how to use a wheelchair for ambulation. Victims also have to learn how to navigate relationships with their loved ones such as their spouses due to impairment of function and sensation. For individuals with quadriplegia, their lives are even more drastically altered. They must learn how to navigate their lives with not only impairment of their legs, but also their upper extremities as well. Victims of quadriplegia may need a caregiver 24 hours a day depending on the severity of the injury.
In addition to the above changes, victims of paralysis are often faced with costly medical bills due to the need to rehabilitation and doctor’s office visits. Additionally, the cost of adaptive equipment (i.e. wheelchair, driving modifications, etc are quite costly.
This is why victims of paralysis due to a commercial truck driving accident should seek out help from an experienced trucking accident attorney who can review your case to determine if your injuries were preventable. If it is found to be that the injury could have been avoided, you may receive compensation for your injuries which will help you cover the expenses that you have now incurred as a result of your injuries.
Ask Our Personal Injury Lawyers for Help if Paralysis After a New Mexico Trucking Accident Harmed You or a Loved One
Any form of paraplegia or quadriplegia is a serious type of personal injury that should be handled by an experienced law firm. When paralysis after a New Mexico trucking accident harms you, call our experienced personal injury lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation to learn how we can he.p you by dialing (505) 384-7865 to schedule your FREE consultation. We can help establish who is liable in a commercial trucking accident to recover the compensation that you deserve.
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