One of the most devastating – and expensive - injuries that can occur as the result of a Dallas-Fort Worth auto accident is full body paralysis. This is called Tetraplegia, although it is often also referred to as Quadriplegia.
Tetraplegia (Quadriplegia) typically occurs when the spinal cord is injured in the neck region (at the cervical level). A back injury at this level can affect the motor and sensory functions of the entire body. As a result, the injured person will lost control of both arms and both legs. In some situations, they may also experience complete loss of diaphragm function, which will result in them requiring machine assistance in order to breath.
Although total body paralysis can occur from car wrecks and other serious accidents, in my experience as a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, it is most common in motorcycle crashes, or collisions involving heavy goods vehicles such as semi-trucks. The reason for this is that motorcyclists have very little in the way of protection – if they are thrown from their bike either on to the road or into another vehicle, there is a very good injury that an injury to the spine could occur. With commercial truck accidents, the chance of a spinal injury occurring is increased due to the sheer force of an impact caused by a heavy tractor-trailer.
As you might expect, tetraplegia can drastically alter the day-to-day life of an accident victim and their family members. The victim themselves will experience a sharp decline in their quality of life, they will be unable to work or rake part in many of the enjoyable aspects of life. On top of this, they may experience significant physical pain and mental trauma as a result of suffering such a serious injury. If they are totally paralyzed, they will need ongoing medical care and possible round-the-clock nursing. The medical costs associated with quadriplegia can be very expensive indeed, which is why it is so important to consult with a board certified spine injury attorney prior to negotiating with the liable insurance company.
If you or someone you love has suffered any form of paralysis injuries after a Dallas-Fort Worth accident where someone else was at fault, it is vital that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that you can ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you have the best possible chance of recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve under Texas law.
To speak with a board certified injury attorney today, please call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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