Quadriplegia and Paraplegia From Truck Accidents

Houston Truck Accident Attorney – Quadriplegia and Paraplegia Injury

Collisions between trucks and passenger vehicles often result in devastating and life-changing injuries. Injuries from truck accidents are so severe because of the size and weight of commercial trucks.

What Are Spinal Cord Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries from truck accidents may lead to quadriplegia or paraplegia, resulting in permanent changes to a person’s strength, sensations, mobility and other bodily functions. Spinal cord injuries are classified in two ways: (1) by the injury’s location and (2) by the severity of the injury.

Medical professionals divide the spine into five regions to determine the location and ultimate diagnosis:

  • Cervical
  • Thoracic
  • Lumbar
  • Sacral
  • Coccygeal

Depending on the severity of the injury to the spinal cord, short-term or permanent damage is possible. Spinal cord injury can result in:

  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Bladder, bowel, digestive issues
  • Muscle spasms
  • Chronic pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart rate, blood pressure issues
  • Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia or tetraplegia)

Paraplegia and Quadriplegia

Several different types of paralysis may be sustained in the wake of a truck accident. The types of paralysis include:

  • Paraplegia: Involves a person’s trunk, legs and pelvic organs.
  • Monoplegia: Partial or total loss of sensation or ability to move one limb.
  • Hemiplegia: Paralysis of one side of the body.
  • Quadriplegia: Involving hands, arms, trunk, legs and pelvic organs.

Quadriplegia is paralysis affecting all four limbs and the torso due to damage to the upper spinal cord, the cervical spine or the neck area. Often injuries so high up on the spine can affect a patient’s breathing, requiring the use of a ventilator. Once the cervical spine has been injured, quadriplegia is not reversible, and it requires extensive on-going medical and therapeutic care.

In Texas, the leading causes of quadriplegia are:

  • Truck accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Gunshots
  • Incidents of violence
  • Falls
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Accidents in the workplace
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Paraplegia is damage to the mid to lower back area of the spine, causing paralysis of the lower body, including the legs. The upper body usually retains its ability to function. Both quadriplegia and paraplegia result from trauma to the spinal cord.

If you or a loved one suffered paralysis as result of a truck accident caused by the negligence of another person or company, contact an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer to discuss your potential case.

Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

At The de la Garza Law Group, we know that no two cases are the same. Every client is special. Every case is personal. We know that in order to help our clients obtain the justice they deserve, we must get to know our clients and how the accident has impacted their lives. For this reason, we spend significant time learning the details of each client’s case and keep the client’s goals for the representation in the forefront of our minds.   

If you were recently injured in a truck accident, contact The de la Garza Law Group today. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation. To learn more, call 713-784-1010, or call toll-free at 844-784-1010.  

We proudly represent clients throughout Texas, including all major metropolitan areas. We represent many clients throughout the greater Houston area, including Harris County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Jefferson County, Chambers County, Waller County, and Montgomery County, including The Woodlands, Pearland and Sugar Land. 

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