There are many devastating injuries that people can suffer in an accident. Motorcycle accidents, in particular, can cause very serious injuries. Motorcycles do not have the types of protection that other larger vehicles have, and therefore riders are exposed to greater risk. One of these risks is the risk of a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury can affect the rest of a Pennsylvanian's life if it is severe enough. But, what exactly is a spinal cord injury?
There can be two main types of spinal cord injuries. The first is a 'complete' spinal cord injury. This occurs when a person loses all motor function below the point on the spinal cord that is injured. In a complete injury, a person also loses most or all of their sensory feeling below the spinal cord injury as well.
In addition to complete spinal cord injuries, there are 'incomplete' spinal cord injuries. These are injuries where a person retains some feeling or motor function below the locus of the spinal injury. There are varying degrees of how severe a person's incomplete spinal cord injury can be.
There can also be varying degrees of paralysis following a spinal cord injury. If a person is classified as a paraplegic, then the person has paralysis in part of the trunk, pelvic organs or legs. If a person is classified as a quadriplegic, then it means that all of the person's pelvic organs, legs, trunk, hands and arms are affected by the spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injuries can result in a variety of symptoms, including loss of sensation, loss of movement, loss of bowel and bladder control, intense pain, difficulty breathing and more. The symptoms can last for a short amount of time, or be lifelong. In either case, individuals who have been injured in an accident need to understand their legal rights.
If a motorcycle accident was caused by negligence driver, then the negligent driver may be held responsible for costs associated with the accident. This may include costs related to treating a spinal cord injury. Specific legal advice can be obtained from an experienced Pennsylvania attorney when someone is injured in a motorcycle accident.