Spinal Cord Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. Unlike in car accidents, motorcyclists have very little protection that shields them from a crash. Without a seat belt, air bag, windshield, or vehicle frame surrounding them, bikers are often thrown from their motorcycles in an accident, hitting the other vehicle or the road with great force. These impacts can lead to lasting injuries that may affect a motorcyclist for the rest of his or her life. One common type of injury that results from motorcycle crashes is spinal cord injury.
Causes of Injury
In a motorcycle collision, the force of the crash may cause the biker to be jolted or thrown from a motorcycle, causing whiplash and head and neck trauma. The rider may land on his or her neck, back, or side, any of which could potentially cause a spinal cord injury. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should be immediately examined for spinal cord injury, even if you were wearing a helmet and do not feel pain through your back. It is crucial to treat spinal cord injury right away to minimize permanent damage.
Warning Signs of Spinal Cord Injuries
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, it may not be immediately apparent. Symptoms may begin to develop a day or two after your accident and should be immediately reported to your doctor. Some of the warning signs of injury to the spine include:
- Numbness in the neck and/or back
- Pain along the spine
- Difficulty breathing
- Lack of muscle control
Injuries from an accident can be costly. After a collision you will likely be burdened with expensive medical bills and lost wages from time off of work. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, consider contacting a motorcycle accident attorney immediately. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf to hold the responsible parties liable for the accident and to get you the compensation that you may deserve.
To learn more about spinal cord injuries and how you can initiate a motorcycle accident lawsuit, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.