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A spinal cord injury is typically severe and potentially fatal. It is a possible injury in all motor vehicle accidents, but the risk is higher for motorcyclists, who are more susceptible to vehicle ejection and severe trauma to the body.

Spinal cord injuries can lead to bodily function and mobility loss, with the most severe cases causing permanent paralysis.

The effects of a spinal cord injury motorcycle accident can be life-altering even if a person survives.

You could pursue damages if you or your loved one sustained a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else.

The experienced attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help you hold negligent parties accountable and recover fair financial compensation.

Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers.

Spinal Cord Injury Motorcycle Accident

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) [1] is damage to the vertebrae, nearby tissue, or nerves at the end of the spinal canal.

The spinal cord connects to the peripheral nervous system and transfers messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

Damage to the spine or its surrounding components can lead to a loss of function or mobility in different body parts.

Spinal injuries can affect the following functions:

  • Bladder and intestinal function
  • Breathing
  • Metabolism
  • Heart rate
  • Muscle movement
  • Sensations
  • Reflexes

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal column injuries can be complete or incomplete:

  • Complete: A complete spinal cord injury leads to total paralysis (loss of motor function) below the site of the damage and affects both sides of the body. 
  • Incomplete: Some function remains in one or both sides of the body after an incomplete SCI. It can result in varying degrees of paralysis. 

Types of Paralysis From Spinal Cord Injuries

Paralysis from a spinal cord injury can be any of the following:

  • Tetraplegia: The arms, hands, legs, trunk, and pelvic organs are all affected by the injury. It is also known as quadriplegia. Neck injuries (cervical fractures) typically cause tetraplegia as they occur higher on the spinal cord.
  • Paraplegia: The type of paralysis affects all or part of the legs, trunk, and pelvic organs.

SCI Symptoms

The symptoms of an SCI depend on the location of the damage.

Seek medical care immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms after a motorcycle accident:

  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Reduced or altered sensation in the arms or legs
  • Urinary or bowel incontinence
  • Severe pain or pressure in the back or neck
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing
  • Unusual lumps along the spine
  • Oddly positioned neck or back
  • Spasms
  • Changes in sexual function

Extreme symptoms such as paralysis, numbness, intense pain, and balance problems require immediate medical attention.

Motorcycle accidents don’t always lead to noticeable symptoms; injured victims must go to the emergency room to rule out SCIs.

How Do Spinal Cord Injury Motorcycle Accidents Occur?

Motorcycle riders have a higher risk of severe injuries in an accident due to the lack of safety features on a motorcycle.

Unlike car occupants, motorcyclists are out in the open and more vulnerable to severe trauma.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to damage in the spinal region when motorcyclists:

  • Get ejected from their vehicle
  • Get crushed under a heavy object
  • Slam into a hard object
  • Get run over by other vehicles

Motorcyclists who sustain spinal cord injuries risk developing partial or complete paralysis.

Furthermore, motorcycle accident victims often suffer other injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Internal bleeding
  • Burns

The Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury After a Motorcycle Accident

A severe injury to the spinal cord can cause either paraplegia or tetraplegia. But the consequences are often life-altering whether a victim suffers a partial or complete loss of motor function.

Motorcycle trauma patients with injured spines may suffer from the following:

  • Chronic pain
  • Loss of independence
  • Respiratory distress
  • Muscle weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • Nerve damage
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Fertility issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) [2]

Furthermore, a motorcycle crash can lead to significant financial difficulties due to high medical bills, property damage, and the costs of living with a disability.

Additionally, injured accident victims typically lose the ability to work in the same career and live independently, leading to other financial strains.

How a Personal Injury Lawsuit Can Help

If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation.

Filing a personal injury lawsuit with a motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing medical care, e.g., physical therapy
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages

A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover maximum compensation for these damages.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle collisions often lead to severe injuries. Unfortunately, some accidents involve life-altering or debilitating consequences, such as paralysis. 

If you suffered a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, you deserve financial compensation.

Our experienced motorcycle crash attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, will ensure you receive maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

Contact our law firm at (888) 424-5757 for a free legal consultation.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team will remain private under an attorney-client relationship. 

Our motorcycle accident lawyers handle all accepted cases on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you don’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your case.

Resources: [1] PubMed, [2] American Psychiatric Association

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