Due to the often severe nature of a motorcycle accident, riders can be catastrophically injured even in collisions that seem minor. One of the most common injuries associated with a motorcycle accident is a spinal cord injury. When the spinal cord is damaged in any way, the effects can be significant. Here’s what you need to know about motorcycle accident spinal cord injuries.
The Results of a Spinal Cord Injury Depend on Where the Injury Occurred
What type of symptoms result from a spinal cord injury caused by a motorcycle accident depends greatly on where the injury occurred on the spinal column. In very severe injuries, the victim may be paralyzed completely below the site of the injury. For example, if the spinal cord was injured below the thoracic spine, the victim may experience paralysis of the legs, while still maintaining movement in the arms, head and neck. If the victim’s spinal cord injury occurred in the cervical vertebrae, he or she may be completely paralyzed from the neck down.
Interference With Major Functions
Paralysis of different parts of the body can interfere with the body’s major functions. A victim who is paralyzed from the neck down may not be able to breathe for themselves, and may require the use of a ventilator for the rest of their life. Injuries to the spinal cord in the thoracic spine may result in loss of control over the bladder and bowels and loss of sexual function, in addition to the inability to move the hips or legs.
Other Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
Other symptoms that can result from minor or severe damage to the spinal cord include chronic pain, loss of enjoyment of life, weakness, problems with circulation, and muscle spasms. Victims of motorcycle accident spinal cord injuries often spend the rest of their lives battling one ailment or another, and very rarely are they able to return to work or lead an active lifestyle. Severely injured or paralyzed individuals may need around the clock care, further putting stress and financial strain on the victim’s family.
Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries
Unfortunately, there is little treatment for spinal cord injuries, other than working to alleviate symptoms and helping the victim be as comfortable as possible. Treatment may include surgical repairs, pain control, reduction of inflammation, and physical rehabilitation. Recovery from a motorcycle accident spinal cord injury can take time, progress may be impeded by other injuries that occurred in the accident.
Contact a Skilled Idaho Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, your world has been turned upside down. While you are focused on healing and your family is focused on taking care of you, insurance companies will try to take advantage of you. Contact a skilled Idaho motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your family’s interests and learn more about your legal rights. Call the Rossman Law Group today for a consultation at (208) 331-2030.