Motorcycle and auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, causing 35 percent of all new spinal cord injuries every year, reports the Mayo Clinic. Riders who sustained a spinal cord injury can experience varying degrees of paralysis depending on the location and severity of the spinal cord damage.
In addition to seeking the best medical care and support from friends and family, victims of a motorcycle spine injury (or a loved one) should speak to a local injury attorney. A lawyer can help determine legal options for pursuing compensation.
Types and Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
Doctors categorize spinal cord injuries as either complete or incomplete.
- Complete: Complete injuries mean that the victim lost all feeling and function below the injury site on the spine. If the injury affects all the victim’s limbs the condition is referred to as tetraplegia or quadriplegia; if the injury only affects the lower limbs it’s referred to as paraplegia.
- Incomplete: With incomplete spinal cord injuries, victims still have some degree of feeling and function. The degree of loss of sensation and use of extremities depends upon the location of the injury and severity of damage to the nerves.
In addition to the loss of sensation and function, spinal cord injuries can also cause the following symptoms.
- Muscle spasms
- Exaggerated reflex movements
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Fertility issues
- Breathing problems
- Lung complications from an inability to cough or clear your lungs
- Decreased sexual function
The Impact of a Spinal Cord Injury after a Motorcycle Accident
A spinal cord injury completely changes the victim’s life forever and greatly impacts the family as well. It can mean a lifetime of care, create long-term health complications, and cause a financial crisis. Treating a person with high tetraplegia (damage to nerves in the C1 to C4 vertebrae in the neck) can cost over $1 million for just the first year, according to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
It’s important that victims and their families look into all possible forms of benefits or compensation for their damages after an accident. Health insurance and disability insurance might be a possibility. You might also look into types of community resources that might be available.
Also, if another’s negligence caused or contributed to the motorcycle accident and spine injury, you might be able to file a motorcycle injury claim for compensation for damages.
Many motorcycle accidents do, in fact, involve negligence of some kind.
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving distractedly
If a defective tire or other motorcycle part caused the wreck, the manufacturer might be responsible. An attorney can review your case and determine liability for you.
Consult an Accident Attorney in Atlanta
If you or your loved one suffered a motorcycle spinal cord injury in the Atlanta area, you are invited to call an attorney at the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. Contact us today at 404-474-to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.