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When another motorist’s neglect causes a motorcyclist to wreck, injuries to the rider will invariably result. Even if the motorcyclist is wearing full protective gear, no guarantee of physical safety exists for these unprotected rag dolls, as it were.
Bikers have no way of assuring themselves whether they will be visible, heard, or perceived by other drivers sharing the same lanes, roads, driveways, and freeway exits. Also, you being seen won’t guarantee someone won’t crash into you, or that you won’t skid on-road debris, etc. Some road ragers and other lunatics could snap one day and decide to take out a motorcycle rider or even an old lady crossing sidewalks. Almost always, physical harm will take place if there is a crash you can’t evade.
You must be ready to get out of trouble and know how to do it. Even then, out of the blue, you could be struck by a big rig truck running a stoplight, or you can be broadsided as you are making a left-hand turn on a yellow light. Or you can be rear-ended at an intersection by a tailgating driver following your motorbike too closely.
The human spine consists of 33 unique bones separated by tissue, ligaments, muscle, nerves, veins, blood, and discs all stacked on top of each other and bound together as the spinal column. Your spine remains a significant health factor in human balance and emotional fitness. For example, the spinal cord offers the primary core support for your body, allowing you to stand upright, bend forwards, sideways, backward, and twist. Your spinal cord remains so finely tuned it will warn you when bending or twisting too far, protecting itself from serious injuries.
You should exercise, stretch, and meditate, as this helps keep your spine’s muscles and bones strong, encouraging loose, flexible tendons and ligaments. The healthier your spine, the better it will act to protect your body’s sensitive nerves running up and down nerves to and from your spine and brain. Now you will be better protected if you get into a smash-up while riding your bike.
Riders can also get rider’s bone, Facet Joint Syndrome, and other neurological injuries from constant riding. But most spinal cord injuries are caused by motorcycle accidents. And sometimes, many of your spine’s structures will remain permanently damaged from strain, severe injury, or disease from the wreck, resulting in lifetime pain, suffering, and medical bills.
As noted, the human spine is made up of and connected with brain impulses that send signals to your limbs. A healthy spine enables motorcyclists to feel the wind on their faces, sense danger, and exercise tangible and intangible sensory processes. Every other vehicle on the road is large, heavy, and menacing compared to a relatively invisible motorcycle.
Typically the mechanism of spine injury to motorcycle riders will include a strike by a stationary or traveling large object. Our Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers mainly see cases where motorcycle riders crashed into a big truck or passenger car, flinging them into another vehicle, fixed object, or the floor. More often than not, we read police reports about riders’ bodies skipping across the asphalt while their skin is pulled away, leaving behind a reddish ooze of flesh and bone.
Even a low-speed crash can cause motorcyclists to suffer road rash, open gashes, and worse. If your back is ripped open, twisted, or impacted too significantly, you will probably become permanently disabled, possibly paralyzed.
This blow to your back can potentially sever or smash your spinal cord. Or it may cause severe spinal compression on the nerves that carry brain impulses to the extremities. A personal injury lawyer is an attorney trained in motorcycle accident litigation and lawsuits. Ehline Law Firm has received special knowledge, skill, and training in motorcycle crashes and injury-causing mechanisms. Below, attorney Michael Ehline will detail what riders need to know about Los Angeles motorcycle-related spinal cord injuries and obtaining compensatory money damages from the person who injured the rider or their passenger.
Unfortunately, many severe injury victims don’t fully understand the severity of their injuries afterward. Time is of the essence with spine injuries; every hour that passes without proper evaluation and treatment can mean permanent problems. It can lead to an agonizing death. Gear does indeed help riders minimize riding injuries. But safety gear will not prevent injuries or death. When the injuries are to the upper neck, prompt and thorough medical evaluation and treatment are necessary. This type of injury is a life or death matter. Examples of life-threatening injuries to your back requiring immediate medical care include spinal compression fractures after being thrown from a bike and jammed under a car or thrown and jammed into a sewage drain.
Losing your brain’s nerve signals can prevent you from breathing, among many other severe motor function losses. But your medical care needed after a motorcycle accident victim doesn’t stop with breathing problems. Many motorcycle accidents caused by spine injuries require victims to undergo long-term medical treatment. Severely injured riders may require expensive, life-long care, permanently unemployable. The expenses can easily go through the roof fast. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident-spine injury law firm helps victims secure total and fair compensation for these cases.
You never really know how bad things are until you get a doctor to recognize the severity of the harm to your back. One of the essential services a spine injury attorney can help with is immediate medical care. They know lien doctors who agree to later payment. At first, you may view your injuries as temporary and minor. So they may appear as bruises, soft tissue injuries, or muscle strains. But significant injuries might remain unnoticed until the victim sees an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist.
So until being examined by such a specialist, much more severe conditions can materialize and manifest themselves. These manifestations may include disc bulges, nerve compression, and herniation. Spasms and pain that follow a motorcycle crash can become misinterpreted as signs of a lesser injury. So you remain at risk unless a dedicated medical specialist rules out serious spinal cord injury (SCI). Our excellent attorneys can direct clients to the best-suited health care providers. And hopefully, we can find one who works on a lien basis.
Yes. Only a proper doctor can differentiate between minor and significant injuries occurring to your neck. And this is why Ehline tries to get badly hurt clients set up with a doctor who will treat them now and recover payments later. Injury attorneys call these medicine men “lien doctors” because we sign a lien to hold settlement monies in trust to pay their liens off upon successful termination of the matter. It’s essential to have a medical expert properly examine your back, spine, and parts because your neck and back area remains a delicate part of your neurological transmission system.
Your number one goal after crashing your bike must be treating with a great doctor immediately, even if you can’t afford one. And damage to any body part can negatively affect the whole. When your spinal cord injury is left untreated or treated wrongly, a permanent disability can result. If you allow this to occur, you will generally need lifelong care.
Pain from disc injuries can vary in strength, depending on the activity, but tend to be constant and without a break.
Disc injury can result in any or all of the following:
You should call a qualified medical doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
Injury to the spinal cord, such as a hammer blow, or jolt, often leads to paralysis. Paralysis can be temporary. But most often, it permanently affects the victim. Paralysis depends on the area of the spinal cord where the injury occurs.
Paralysis is a long-term, life-changing medical condition. One may also require special, expensive mechanical equipment, like a wheelchair, a van with a wheelchair lift, etc. This cost becomes compounded over time. For example, a growing child needs to replace equipment as they outgrow old medical devices. We think innocent spinal cord injury victims injured during a motorcycle accident shouldn’t be forced to bear such astronomical costs.
We will hold the person responsible for causing your debacle accountable both in and out of the California Superior court. We will handle the insurance company negotiations to ensure we get you complete coverage for your financial losses, including your emotional pain and suffering. Our motorcycle accident spine injury attorneys are the best because we make it happen!
We are headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with over 15 statewide law offices to serve our clients. We will also come to your home, office, or workplace and take your calls 24/7. Our locations include Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, and many more local geo areas. We are contingency fee attorneys with a no-win-no-fee promise. We will are ready to start your initial investigation at this very moment!
Potential compensation recoverable for the victim could be the past, present, and future medical care. Also, it will include physical rehab, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, pain, suffering, and maybe punitive damages. An experienced Los Angeles motorcycle personal injury attorney can help you get money. If you wish to receive faster service, you can communicate electronically using our online contact form below.
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