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3 facts about spinal cord injuries after semitruck crashes

by | Jan 19, 2017 | Truck Accidents

Semitruck crashes can produce some very serious injuries. If you have a spinal cord injury from a semitruck accident, you might decide to seek compensation. There are many different factors that can affect your case. Some of the most compelling are the effects of the spinal cord injury. Not only can seeking compensation help you to hold the trucker and trucking company accountable, but it can also help you to get the financial backing you need to continue to support your wife and children.

Level of the injury

The location of the injury on your spinal cord matters greatly. Higher level injuries are likely to lead to greater effects. An injury that occurs in the neck, for example, could mean paralyzation in all limbs for the rest of your life. This would put a great strain in you because you won’t be able to live the life you did before the accident. It would also put a burden on your wife and children because they would have to care for you for the rest of your life. Choosing to seek compensation might enable you afford help that could give your family members a break.

Type of injury

The type of spinal cord injury you suffer has a big impact on the effects you will have to deal with. A complete spinal cord injury leads to loss of function and feeling from the level of the injury down. An incomplete injury causes only partial loss of function below the injury. Typically, you have a better chance of recovering from an incomplete injury than from a complete injury.

Effects of the injury

The effects of the spinal cord injury can have an impact on the compensation to which you might be entitled if you opt to pursue a semitruck accident injury claim. More serious effects can lead to higher damage claims. This is because the cost of living with the spinal cord injury is likely to be higher.

For example, a C1 to C4 injury that causes high tetraplegia would cost a 25-year-old person $4,724,181 over one’s lifetime, while an injury that causes incomplete motor function at any level could cost only around $1,578,274 over the course a lifetime. Thinking about these costs can help you to determine what monetary amounts you might need to seek to cover past and future costs associated with the spinal cord injury.


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