Motorcycles can be an exciting way to see Pennsylvania. When individuals get on a motorcycle, they understand that they may encounter a variety of risks on local roadways, including negligent drivers. When other drivers fail to pay attention to the roads, motorcyclists can be put at great risk. This is because motorcycles lack the conventional safety features found in many larger vehicles, including seat belts, metal cages, safety glass and more.
Therefore, when a motorcycle accident occurs, a motorcyclist can suffer serious injuries. These injuries include a risk of spinal cord injuries, which can be very serious. Unfortunately, there may be no way to completely reverse the effects of a serious spinal cord injury. However, there are treatments that can be undertaken in order to reduce the chance of permanent damage.
Immediately after a spinal cord injury, it is important that victims seek medical attention. In the emergency room, doctors can stabilize the injury to prevent further damage from occurring. This can be done through medications, surgery, immobilization and more.
Once the initial injuries have been addressed, often victims need to seek long-term treatment. Spinal cord injuries are slow to heal and may never be fully fixed. Therefore, rehabilitation is often one important step in treating a spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation can include occupational therapy as well as working with rehabilitation specialists and other medical professionals in order to get the person back to a life that is as normal as possible. Technology and medicine are always developing, and these advances may be able to help individuals who are suffering from a spinal cord injury, too.
When a motorcycle accident causes a serious injury--like spinal cord injuries--the treatments can be very expensive. When a negligent driver is responsible for causing the accident, victims may be entitled to compensation. With the help of an attorney, individuals can explore their legal rights.
Source: Mayo Clinic, "Spinal cord injury: Treatment and drugs," Mayo Clinic Staff, Oct. 8, 2014