When neglect of another vehicle driver causes a motorcyclist wreck, injuries are always expected. Also, even if the motorcyclist is wearing full protective gear, that’s no guarantee of safety. There remains no way to assure he or she will be visible to other drivers. Also, it won’t guarantee he or she won’t be harmed if there is a crash.
Pretty much every vehicle on the road is large, heavy and menacing, when compared to a relatively invisible motorcycle. Typically the mechanism of injury to riders includes a strike by a stationary, or traveling large object. So mainly they crash into a big truck, or passenger car.
This type of blow can potentially sever or smash a spinal cord. Or it may cause severe compression on the nerves that carry brain impulses to the extremities.
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Spine Injuries Are a Life or Death Matter.
Gear does indeed help to minimize rider injuries. But it will not prevent them. When the injuries are to the upper neck, prompt and thorough medical evaluation and treatment is absolutely necessary. This is a life or death matter.
But the care a victim needs and deserves doesn’t stop there. Many spine injuries require long-term medical treatment, or even life-long care. The expenses can easily go through the roof fast.
Unfortunately, many serious injury victims don’t fully understand the severity of their injuries afterward. Time is of the essence with spine injuries; every hour that passes without proper evaluation and treatment can mean permanent problems. In fact, it can lead to an agonizing death.
If you or your loved one had a motorcycle accident with neck, or back injuries, contact a qualified motorcycle lawyer. This lawyer specializes in motorcycle calamities. Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm has many years of experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents. He helps them both financially and medically. So victims of these catastrophes can get back on the road to recovery fast.
One of the most important services a spine injury attorney can help with is immediate medical care. They know lien doctors who agree to later payment. At first, injuries might be thought of as temporary and minor. So they may appear to be bruises, soft tissue injuries, or muscle strains. But major injuries might remain unnoticed until the victim is seen by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist.
So until such a specialist is seen much more serious conditions can materialize. These may include disc bulges, nerve compression, and herniation. In fact, spasms and pain that follow a motorcycle crash can become misinterpreted as signs of a lesser injury. So unless a specialist rules out serious spinal cord injury (SCI) you remain at risk. Our excellent attorneys can direct clients to the best suited care providers. Hopefully we can find one who works on a lien basis.
Only a proper doctor can differentiate between minor and major injuries occurring to the neck. So it’s important to have one examine your back, and other components of the spine. And right after the accident, that must be done. The neck and back area are part of a very delicate neurological transmission system.
And damage to any part, can negatively affect the whole. Especially when left untreated matters can get out of hand. A permanent disability can result in the worse case scenario. If this is the case, the victim will generally need lifelong care.
Disc Injuries; Injuries to the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar vertebrae:
Disc injury can result in any or all of the following:
- Pain that feels like burning, heat, or hot water.
- Sharp pain radiating to one side of the body (unilateral). In fact, it often travel down the arm on the same side of the body.
- Pain radiating to both sides of the body. (bilateral) running down the arms on both sides of the body.
- Tingling or numbness in the extremities. (hands and/or feet).
- A Tingling or numbness in the digits (fingers and/or toes).
If any of these symptoms occur, call a qualified doctor immediately.
Injury to the spinal cord, such as a hammer blow, or jolt, often leads to paralysis. Paralysis can be temporary. But most often it permanently affects the victim. Paralysis depends on the area of the spinal cord where the injury occurs.
- Paraplegia: This happens if the spinal cord is injured below the neck. Paraplegia affects both the abdomen and legs, bilaterally, with varying levels of a loss of sensation and use bilaterally.
- Quadriplegia: The spinal cord is injured at the neck. Quadriplegia results in paralysis of both the arms and legs bilaterally.
Paralysis is a long-term, life changing medical condition. One may also require special, expensive mechanical equipment, like a wheelchair, and a van with a wheelchair lift, etc. This cost becomes compounded over time. For example, a growing child needs to replace equipment, as they outgrow old devices. In any event, a victim should not have to bear all of these astronomical costs. After all, someone else is responsible for the debacle.
Potential compensation recoverable for the victim could be the past, present and future medical care. Also, it will include physical rehab, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, pain, suffering and maybe punitive damages. An experienced motorcycle personal injury attorney can help you get money. Call Michael Ehline at Ehline Law Firm today for a no risk consultation at (888) 400-9721.