An oncoming car driven by an elderly driver turns left of the center line to enter a strip mall. With the sun in his eyes he doesn’t see our client in the oncoming truck. To avoid the collision our client turns sharply to the right, goes off the road where he collides with a utility pole. The impact of the collision causes his head to strike the steering wheel. The trauma to his spine causes a degenerating condition to the myelin sheath that surrounds the spinal cord resulting in a condition of incomplete paraplegia. This case points out the essential function of the nervous system. It also demonstrates why when you can’t see what’s coming, you stop first and turn only after you can see what’s coming. Here is one explanation on Wikipedia.
Myelin is a dielectric (electrically insulating) material that forms a layer, the myelin sheath, usually around only the axon of a neuron. It is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It is an outgrowth of a type of glial cell. The production of the myelin sheath is called myelination. In humans, the production of myelin begins in the 14th week of fetal development, although little myelin exists in the brain at the time of birth. During infancy, myelination occurs quickly and continues through the adolescent stages of life.
Case settled for $1,100,000 which is the insurance limits. The workers’ compensation award was a permanent-total award, meaning the injured worker/driver will receive benefits for his entire life.
Demyelination results in diverse symptoms determined by the functions of the affected neurons. It disrupts signals between the brain and other parts of the body; symptoms differ from patient to patient, and have different presentations upon clinical observation and in laboratory studies.
Typical symptoms of demyelination include:blurriness in the central
- visual field that affects only one eye, may be accompanied by pain upon eye movement
- double vision
- loss of vision/hearing
- odd sensation in legs, arms, chest, or face, such as tingling or numbness (neuropathy)
- weakness of arms or legs
- cognitive disruption, including speech impairment and memory loss
- heat sensitivity (symptoms worsen or reappear upon exposure to heat, such as a hot shower)
- loss of dexterity
- difficulty coordinating movement or balance disorder
- difficulty controlling bowel movements or urination
$1,100,000.00 – No-Contact Car Accident Leads to Myelopathy and Incomplete Quadriplegia
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