Unfortunately, spinal cord and back injuries, although they may be difficult to see, are not uncommon in motorcycle accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents. When cars are involved in motor vehicle accidents, the cars are designed to absorb much of the impact of the accident but injuries and other harm still oftentimes occur. In circumstances involving a motorcycle accident, the human body absorbs the impact of the crash.
Serious spinal cord and back injuries can result from a motorcycle accident including bulging discs, pinched nerves, fractured vertebrae, paralysis and neck injuries. Spinal cord and back injuries may require extensive surgical repair including the placement of rods, plates, artificial discs or fusions. The impact of a spinal cord or back injury on victims is significant.
Spinal cord and back injuries can lead to significant medical expenses, lost earnings and emotional distress. A spinal cord injury may require home modifications, personal and in-home care, physical therapy, psychological therapy and specialty vans. In addition, the victim may no longer be able to earn a living as they had been accustomed to. Victims of spinal cord and back injuries may live in constant pain and have to adjust to a new way of life which may be very different than it was before.
As a result, personal injury legal options are available to help victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered. Victims may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages if a negligent driver caused the motorcycle accident that resulted in their injuries which is why victims should be familiar with their personal injury legal options.