New Mexico Truck Accident Attorneys for Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis Victims
A traumatic spinal cord injury stems from a sudden blow that compresses, crushes, dislocates, or fractures one or more of the vertebrae and causes damage to any part of the spinal cord or its nerves, which can lead to paralysis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents, including those involving semi-trucks, are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost half of the new cases recorded each year.
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, our New Maxico truck accident attorneys know that spinal cord injury victims require current, ongoing, and long-term medical care, and that they should never have to pay for that care out of pocket when their lives have been changed a negligent truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, or liable third party.
Our truck accident law firm focuses on pursuing the negligent party – or combination of parties – who are responsible for our client’s spinal cord injuries, so we can pursue the financial recovery they deserve for medical costs, lost wages, and other life-changing expenses.
What Are the Most Common Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms?
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center records nearly 18,000 new cases each year.
When a truck accident occurs, there may be emergency signs and symptoms that require immediate and specialized medical care that can include:
- Difficulty with balance and walking
- Extreme back pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Impaired breathing
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the fingers, hands, toes, or feet
- Twisted neck or oddly positioned back
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of the body
Spinal cord injury victims may also exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing, compounded by coughing
- Exaggerated reflexes or spasms
- Inability to feel heat, cold, and touch
- Loss of movement
- Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by nerve damage
Spinal cord injuries and symptoms can be hidden by adrenaline and can increase in severity as time goes by.
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, P.A., our New Mexico truck accident lawyers recommend immediately seeking medical care for anyone who is involved in a traffic accident, no matter how they feel after the collision occurs
What Are the Levels of Paralysis Caused by Spinal Cord Injuries and Nevada Truck Accidents?
The CDC lists spinal cord injuries as the leading cause of paralysis in the United States.
There are two medical categories of paralysis: Complete and Incomplete.
Complete paralysis is identified when all sensory — or feeling — and all motor function — or ability to control movement — are lost below the spinal cord injury.
Incomplete paralysis is identified when spinal cord injury victims retain some motor or sensory function below the affected area.
The types of paralysis include:
Tetraplegia is often referred to as quadriplegia, where the injury originates in the neck and affects the hands, arms, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
Paraplegia affects all or parts of the body from the waist down, including the legs, trunk, and pelvic organs.
The time between the truck accident and treatment is critical in determining the extent and severity of spinal cord injuries, and the injured person’s recovery and rehabilitation options.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a collision, contact our New Mexico truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane today by calling 575-222-0472 to learn how we can help you pursue the best financial outcome available for your case, so you can focus on receiving the medical care you need to improve your quality of life.