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Spinal cord injuries caused by 18-wheeler accidents

Semitruck crashes can result in severe injuries due to the massive size and weight of these vehicles when compared to passenger vehicles. Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious.

These injuries occur when there is damage to the spinal cord that blocks communication between the brain and the body. Understanding the nature of spinal cord injuries is crucial for anyone who has one of these injuries.

Complete vs. incomplete injuries

Spinal cord injuries are categorized into two main types: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury means there is a total loss of sensation and motor function below the level of the injury. This results in paralysis and a complete lack of control in the affected areas.

An incomplete spinal cord injury allows for some degree of function or sensation below the injury site. The extent of function in incomplete injuries can vary widely. Some individuals retain significant movement and sensitivity, but others may have limited capabilities.

Location of damage

The exact effects of the injury depend on the specific vertebrae damaged and the severity of the injury. The spinal cord is divided into four main sections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral.

Injuries to the cervical section, located in the neck, can result in quadriplegia, which is paralysis of all four limbs. Injuries to the thoracic or lumbar regions can result in paraplegia, which affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.

Long-term impacts

The long-term impacts of spinal cord injuries from semitruck crashes can be catastrophic. Physically, individuals may face challenges with mobility, requiring the use of wheelchairs or other assistive devices. There’s also a risk of secondary health complications, such as infections, pressure sores and chronic pain.

These injuries can have significant emotional and psychological impacts, including depression and anxiety. Socially and economically, individuals may encounter difficulties returning to work, necessitating changes in employment or long-term disability support.

Victims of a spinal cord injury that is the result of a crash with a semitruck may opt to pursue a compensation claim against those whose negligence caused this harm. This is a time-sensitive matter, so victims should work with someone familiar with these claims to ensure everything is handled thoroughly and swiftly.