Spinal Cord Injuries During Motorcycle Accidents
March 27, 2023
Motorcycle collisions can be incredibly dangerous, often resulting in severe conditions like road rash, neck injuries, and whiplash. However, one of the most serious health outcomes you can experience from a bike crash is damage to the spinal cord.
Spinal injuries can result in paralysis, permanently affecting your ability to work, causing chronic pain, and making it hard for you to enjoy life to the fullest. If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident, you’ll need all the financial support you can get to prevent the worst outcomes.
Fortunately, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Zanes Law are here to offer the information and representation you need to win compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation with us today to learn more about our services and what needs to be done to win your motorcycle accident claim.
Types of Spinal Injuries You Could Sustain in a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are known to cause several different types of spinal cord injuries. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash, you could be dealing with one of the following spinal column injuries:
Motorcycle collision victims diagnosed with incomplete spinal injuries will lose some but not all sensory and motor function below the point of impact. The amount of sensation and movement the patient retains depends on which type of injury they’ve sustained. Types of incomplete injuries include:
- Anterior cord syndrome
- Central cord syndrome
- Posterior cord syndrome
- Brown-Sequard syndrome
- Cauda equina lesion
A spinal injury is considered a complete injury when the patient loses all sensation and motor function from the location of impact on the spine down to the feet. Complete injury often results in either paraplegia or quadriplegia.
According to a study on spinal injuries in motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle riders are more likely to suffer complete spinal injuries in an accident than individuals in other vehicles.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a complete injury or any other type of damage to the spinal region after a bike crash, hiring a skilled attorney can help you get the financial support you need to afford proper medical care.
Spinal stenosis is marked by increased pressure on the spinal cord due to back fractures. Motorcycle trauma patients diagnosed with this condition may experience pain, loss of sensation, weakness, and impaired balance.
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Symptoms of Motorcycle Accident-Induced Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal region injuries from motorcycle collisions can cause a wide range of symptoms. If you notice signs of spinal damage, you’ll want to seek medical care as soon as you can. Not only can early diagnosis help prevent further damage and improve your chances of recovery, but it can also help your claim.
When insurers or the court sees that you received medical treatment immediately after your accident, they’ll be more likely to award the damages you need to cover medical bills and other losses.
So make sure you seek medical attention right away if you experience any of the following symptoms after an accident:
- Trouble moving or total loss of movement
- Sensory function issues, such as altered or lost sensation
- Loss of bowel control
- Loss of bladder control
- Changes in sexual sensitivity and function
- Fertility issues
- Pain or severe stinging sensation
- Trouble coughing or breathing
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You Seek Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
If you’re in and out of surgery and busy recovering from your injury, you probably don’t have the time or energy to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, but that’s where a lawyer can help.
An attorney can provide several different services, all with the goal of recovering maximum compensation for your accident-related expenses and challenges. Here’s what a lawyer can do to help you rebuild your life after suffering severe spinal damage in a bike crash:
Investigate the Accident
An attorney must collect evidence to hold the at-fault party liable for your medical bills and other expenses. They’ll gather witness statements, a copy of the official police report, photos and footage of the accident, and other documents to file an effective claim against the party that caused your crash.
Calculate Your Damages
Knowing how much your claim is worth is critical when seeking damages for an accident, as some spinal conditions are more serious than others and require more extensive medical treatment and future care.
A skilled attorney can work with medical professionals to determine how much compensation you’ll need to treat and manage your injury. Then, they’ll make sure you get the damages you need to live as comfortably as possible.
If your claim is successful, you could receive compensation for:
- Current, ongoing, and future medical expenses
- Cost of emergency medical attention at a hospital
- Cost of physical therapy and assistive devices
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
File an Insurance Claim
Accident victims often pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If an attorney decides that filing an insurance claim is right for you, they’ll use the evidence they gathered to file a strong claim with the offending driver’s insurer.
Then, they’ll meet with adjusters to negotiate a settlement that covers all your losses.
Pursue Further Action
If your losses exceed the at-fault driver’s insurance policy limit or if your claim is denied, a motorcycle accident lawyer can seek compensation for your spinal injury via a lawsuit. They’ll make sure your suit is filed correctly and within Arizona’s statute of limitations.
Once your suit is filed, you can be confident that your attorney will represent your best interests in the courtroom and make a strong argument as to why the jury should award the compensation you deserve.
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Meet With an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Recuperating from spinal cord injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can be extremely painful and expensive. The good news is that the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers from Zanes Law are here to help you.
Our personal injury attorneys have won life-changing case results for motor vehicle collision victims who’ve struggled with a variety of severe injuries. You can rest assured that our team has what it takes to secure the damages you need to make it through this challenging time in your life.
Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation and get legal advice from a seasoned lawyer.