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Motorcycle Accidents and Spinal Injuries

Injuries to the spine are the most common and most life-changing to occur following a motorcycle accident

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The spinal cord is an essential part of our bodies central nervous system. Any damage to it can result in very serious health problems such as paralysis.

Understanding The Different Types of Spinal Injuries

A complete spinal injury is when communication from the spine to the brain is severed. This causes the loss of motor functions and sensory near the injured area. An incomplete spinal injury is when the patient still has motor functions and not everything is lost.

A motorcyclist who suffers a spinal injury may have serious long-term medical problems such as bowel dysfunction and osteoporosis to name a few. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how severe was the motorcycle accident and was the rider wearing any protective gear.

Cervical Spine Injury

  • The most serious cervical spine injury can lead to quadriplegia, paralysis from the neck down. This is because the cervical spine is located at the base of the skull.

Lumbar Spine Injury

  • Located towards the bottom of our spine and made up of five vertebrae. These injuries often lead to paraplegia and require surgery for treatment.

Thoracic Spine Injury

  • Since the ribs do a great job in protecting the thoracic region, these types of injuries are less common in motorcycle accidents. In case of a thoracic spine injury, the victim may suffer paraplegia and various other symptoms.

Sacral Spine Injury

  • The injured motorcyclist may experience weakness or paralysis of the hips and legs as well as the loss of bowel control and possibly bladder dysfunction.

Contact A Motorcycle Accident Attorney In California Today!

If a motorcycle accident in California has led to a spinal injury and was caused by another person’s negligence, contact a motorcycle accident attorney from Krasney Law! You may be able to claim compensation from the responsible party. Call us today at (909) 380-7200 for a free consultation.