Bicycling certainly has benefits, and Washington is among the most bicycle-friendly states in the country. But bicycling is not without its risks. In the event of a bike accident, bicyclists might suffer serious injuries, like spinal injuries. There are several types of spinal cord injuries, as outlined below. We also discuss the financial consequences of the injury and options to recover compensation for these expenses and losses.
Bike Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries
A bike-related spinal cord injury may be only partial in that it causes partial loss of sensation or function. These symptoms may improve over time, though some never fully regain full sensation and function. Other injuries are more severe and cause complete loss of sensation and function.
The location of the injury also affects the short- and long-term effects of the injury. A spinal cord injury in the lumbar region may affect the legs; whereas, an injury in the neck can affect all four limbs as well as the torso. Patients may experience loss of sexual function, loss of bowel and bladder control, and more. The patient’s doctor will give more specific guidance regarding the expected effects of the injury.
Wide-ranging Effects of Spinal Cord Injury on a Bicyclist
A person who suffers from spinal cord injuries in a bicycle accident faces not only immediate medical expenses, but also long-term consequences. Patients may require long-term nursing care, modifications to a home or vehicle, and physical therapy. Some may be unable to return to their previous line of work, reducing earning capacity. This can all lead to significant expenses for the patient and his or her family.
Getting Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
Compensation for a bike accident injury as severe as a spinal cord injury may be significant to cover all expenses, both in the short- and long-term. Victims of accidents that another driver caused can file a liability claim with the other driver. Given the long-term costs, victims may have to file a lawsuit to recover adequate damages.
Below are some of the damages that may be recoverable in these cases.
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Diminished figure earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of modifications to the home or vehicle to accommodate the injury
If you or someone you love suffered spinal cord injuries in a bicycle accident in the Tacoma area, discuss filing a claim with a bicycle accident lawyer. Call 425-399-7000 to speak to Max Meyers. Or fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation about your case.