As a qualified medical professional can attest, injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident are frequently life-changing, if not life-threatening. It’s common for motorcycle riders to be thrown from their bikes in collisions with other, larger vehicles. Because the biker lacks the same protection as a car driver encased in steel, they are likelier to experience catastrophic injuries, including spinal fractures and spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injury is permanent
Your spinal column is made up of discs – bony outcroppings that surround and protect the spinal cord that runs from your brain down to the lumbar region of your back. Frequently, riders thrown from their motorcycles strike the pavement, twist and roll, during which time the discs in their spine are wrenched out of place and slammed together. The resulting injuries include herniation, bulges, fractures, and/or compression – all of which are extremely serious and painful.
However, the greater risk occurs when the discs impinge or cut the spinal cord they were meant to protect. If your spinal cord is severely bruised – or worse – partially or totally severed, the outcomes range from catastrophic to deadly. You might experience partial or total paralysis, loss of sensation to varying degrees, and loss of ability to control bodily functions. And although treatments are available to prevent injuries from worsening and help you adapt to a new normal, spinal cord injuries themselves cannot be reversed.
Treatment for a spinal cord injury
Assuming your spinal cord is intact, treatments may improve your quality of life post-injury, although the road back will likely be long and challenging. Depending on the extent of nerve damage suffered, your long-term symptoms will likely include pain, loss of full range of motion, numbness and tingling in your limbs, and possibly a degree of paralysis. Some treatments that might alleviate your pain, discomfort, and physical limitations include the following:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Epidural injections
- Prescription pain relievers
- Surgery (to relieve ongoing compression from damaged discs)
Unfortunately, if your doctors determine your spinal cord damage is so severe that you are unlikely to completely recover, your options shift from treatments to accommodations, such as using a cane, crutches, or a wheelchair and having to modify your home to make it easier for you to get around. These home modifications can be expensive, especially if you need ramps built, a lift added to your staircase, and doorways widened. Additionally, if you want to travel, you will probably need your current automobile specially modified, or if that isn’t possible, have to purchase a larger vehicle like a van equipped for disabled drivers.
Call a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer
The last thing you need if you are suffering the pain and loss of function associated with spinal cord injuries is the added worry over how to afford medical bills and costly accommodations. If you experience a spinal cord injury of any severity following a motorcycle accident, reach out to Scott J. Corwin, a knowledgeable Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney. Scott will use his extensive experience fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident injury victims to help you get the compensation you need and deserve. Call Scott today for a consultation at 866-477-1011.