When a motorcyclist is in a wreck with the negligent driver of an automobile, injuries are always to be expected. Even if the motorcyclist is wearing full protective gear, this doesn't guarantee he or she will be visible to other drivers, or that he or she wont 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, or into a stationary, or traveling larger object like a big truck, or passenger car. This type of blow can potentially sever or smash a spinal cord, or cause severe compression on the nerves that carry brain impulses to the extremities.
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 especially, 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, even in the best case scenario, require long-term medical treatment, or even life-long care. The expenses can easily go through the roof in a minimal amount of time.
Unfortunately, many serious injury victims who were knocked off, or thrown from their bikes, don’t fully understand the severity of their injuries at the time of the accident. Time is of the essence with spine injuries; every hour that passes without proper evaluation and treatment, can mean devastating or permanent problems for the victim, if not an agonizing death.
If you or your loved one is the victim of a motorcycle accident resulting in injuries to the neck, or back, it is of utmost importance that you contact a qualified licensed professional, who specializes in motorcycle calamities, immediately. Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC, has had many years of experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents get help both financially and medically, so that victims of these catastrophes can get back on the road to recovery as soon and as fully as possible.
One of the most important services a spine injury attorney can help the victim with, is receiving immediate and appropriate medical attention. At first, injuries might be thought of as temporary and minor, such as bruising, soft tissue injuries, or muscle strains. But major injuries might even be unnoticed, until the victim is seen by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist.
But until such a specialist is seen, or if one is not seen at all, much more serious conditions can materialize, such as disc bulges, nerve compression, and herniation. In fact, the spasms and pain that follow a motorcycle crash can be easily misinterpreted of signs of a lesser injury, unless a specialist is consulted to rule out serious spinal cord injury (SCI). Our excellent attorneys can direct clients as to where the best suited care providers are, and who does, or does not work on a lien basis.
Only a proper doctor can differentiate between minor and major injuries occurring to the neck, back, and other components of the spine. And that differentiation needs to be done immediately after an accident. 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, or not treated in a timely manner. In the worse case scenario, one can be left with a permanent disability. If this is the case, the victim will generally need lifelong care.
Disc Injuries; Injuries to the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar vertebrae:
- Pain that feels like burning, heat, or hot water.
- Pain radiating to one side of the body (unilateral), often 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).
- Tingling or numbness in the digits (fingers and/or toes).
If any of these symptoms occur, a qualified doctor should be seen immediately.
Injury to the spinal cord, such as a hammer blow, or jolt, often leads to paralysis. Paralysis can be temporary, but most often permanently affects the victim. Paralysis is named depending on the area of the spinal cord at which the injury occurs.
- Paraplegia: 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 that will require treatment and care for the remainder of the victim’s life. One may also require special, expensive mechanical equipment, like a wheelchair, and a van with a wheelchair lift, etc. This cost can be compounded when a growing child needs to replace the equipment, as they outgrow the old devices. A victim should not have to bear all of these astronomical costs when someone else is responsible for the debacle.
Potential compensation recoverable for the victim could be the past, present and future medical care, physical rehab, lost earning, lost earning capacity, pain, suffering and perhaps punitive damages. An experienced motorcycle personal injury attorney can stand by you, or your loved one, to help assure that you get the medical and financial care for the best chance at financial and medical recovery. Call Michael Ehline at Ehline Law Firm PC today for a no risk consultation at 888-400-9721.