Spinal Cord InjuriesMarch 12, 2018
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial trucks are responsible for a mere three percent of all motor vehicle accidents. Yet, the vast majority of those wrecks result in massive property damage and devastating injuries. If a truck accident victim is lucky enough to have survived the ordeal, it is likely that he or she will have suffered serious injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, and traumatic brain injuries. Spinal cord injuries are another type of truck accident injury that can have long-term physical and emotional effects.
When a truck accident victim suffers a spinal cord injury, it can result in the full or partial loss of movement and feeling. Depending on the nature of the spinal cord injury, it can leave the victims paralyzed either from the waist down – known as paraplegia – or from the neck down – known as quadriplegia. In addition to the loss of movement, spinal cord injuries can cause other health conditions, including:
- Bladder, bowel, and digestive difficulties
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Heart rate and blood pressure problems
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of sexual function
- Muscle spasms
Who is Liable?
If a truck accident victim suffers a serious injury, there are numerous responsible parties who may be held accountable, including:
- The truck driver
- The truck owner
- The leasing company
- The manufacturer of the truck, tires, or other defective part that may have caused the accident
- The individual responsible for loading the truck’s cargo, if improper loading contributed to the accident
Pursuing Legal Action
If the victim’s spinal cord injury was caused by negligence, the victim will need to prove that the truck driver – or other parties listed above – was legally responsible for the accident. A skilled truck accident lawyer can help take the necessary steps to provide proof in a negligence lawsuit. If the injuries were caused by a defective automotive part, including brakes, tires, or other truck parts, the companies that designed, manufactured, or sold the products may be legally responsible for the victim’s injuries. Generally speaking, recovery for spinal cord injuries goes above and beyond the medical expenses associated with the accident, since they can permanently alter the person’s life. Therefore, damages can include compensation for ongoing rehabilitation, wheelchairs, and modification to the victim’s home, including ramps and stair lifts.
Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Truck Accident Victims
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, it is in your best interest to contact a skilled and experienced Baltimore truck accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Truck companies may try to avoid liability for trucking accidents in several ways, but we are aware of their tactics and will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected at all times. Our dedicated team will aggressively pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, do not hesitate to call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent truck accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.