Truck Accidents Can Lead To Permanent Disabilities
Accidents involving large commercial trucks can be devastating and can cause victims to sustain catastrophic injuries. These injuries often leave victims with permanent disabilities that can cause them to struggle for the rest of their lives. The following are only some examples of permanent disabilities that regularly result from truck accidents:
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) – The spinal cord and its related nerve system serves as the primary communicator between the brain and the rest of the body. The nerves send signals that allow a person to feel sensations and move their limbs and extremities, as well as regulate organ function. Many victims who sustain damage to the spinal cord experience a disruption in these communications, which can result in permanent paralysis below the point of injury. Paralyzed SCI victims are generally unable to walk and many lose control of their bodily functions. Some individuals will require assistance for the rest of the lives and some may be limited to a bed or a wheelchair. Many paralyzed individuals cannot return to work and must rely on disability benefits in the face of extensive medical costs.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – Severe trauma to the brain can cause substantial damage to the brain tissue that can often not be repaired. Brain damage can also result from bleeding on the brain or swelling of the brain, causing dangerous pressure against the skull. Even with emergency care, monitoring, and stabilization, such injuries can leave a victim facing numerous physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges for the rest of their lives. Severe TBI1 can have some of the following effects:
* Inability to focus, concentrate, or follow directions
* Short-term memory issues
* Difficulty with balance and coordination
* Trouble comprehending oral and/or written communications
* Trouble expressing thoughts in oral or written form
* Difficulty controlling appropriate emotions
These effects can keep a victim from earning a living or even enjoying regular life activities.
Amputations – Many collision victims suffer broken bones that cause temporary limitations and inconveniences, but heal over time. Because truck accidents can cause such devastating damage, however, many victims have their limbs crushed or their bones shattered. Unlike a standard fracture, medical professionals often cannot repair a crushed or shattered bone and amputation can be necessary in these situations. Additionally, if part of a truck or vehicle lands on top of a victim’s limb, that limb may be severed. No matter what caused the amputation, an amputee faces many challenges for the rest of their lives.
Not only do amputees face many physical limitations regarding the most basic everyday tasks. They may have to be in a wheelchair or learn how to live with only one arm and hand. Amputees may be able get a prosthetic, though these are costly. In addition, learning to use a prosthetic limb can be challenging and frustrating and often does not provide full range of movement abilities. Even with a prosthetic, phantom pains may haunt amputation victims for years. Anyone with a amputation from a truck accident deserves to fully recover for the medical expenses and their other losses, including loss of enjoyment of life and physical pain.
Burns – Many truck accidents result in a fire or even an explosion, especially if the truck is carrying hazardous or flammable cargo. This can cause any accident victims to sustain extremely severe burns, especially if they become trapped in a vehicle. Serious burns can require months or even years of often painful treatments and extended stays in burn centers or hospital burn wards. Burn victims are often left severely and permanently scarred and may lose extremities due to the burn damage.
In addition to the physical effects of burn injuries, victims often develop psychological issues due to their disfigurements and scarring. They may withdraw from society and suffer from depression, anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.2 All of these issues require treatment and often medication.
An experienced Clearwater, FL attorney can help you
At the Dolman Law Group, our experienced truck accident attorneys understand how serious truck accident injuries can be. If you have sustained any type of injury, please do not hesitate to call our office today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756