Spinal Cord Injury After a Motorcycle Accident in Georgia (Part A)

Riding a motorcycle carries some definite benefits. Aside from an increased sense of freedom and a connection with the road, riding a motorcycle is also more cost efficient than maintaining a larger vehicle like a passenger car.

On the other hand, riding a motorcycle carries some serious risks. Motorists often have difficulty spotting a motorcycle and can inadvertently cut off motorcyclists or even hit them. When a motorcyclist is in a motorcycle accident, the lack of safety restraints such as air bags and seat belts, coupled with the lack of protection from doors or a roof, can result in catastrophic injuries.

The chance for spinal cord injuries after a motorcycle accident in Georgia is unfortunately high. When you consider that nationwide, motorcyclists are 37 times more likely to die in an accident and 9 times more likely to be injured than passenger car occupants, the risk for spinal cord injuries is likely to be higher, as well.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident in Georgia

When a motorcyclist collides with a car, tree or other object, the spine may receive a sudden blow. This could fracture, dislocate or even crush one or more vertebrae. Spinal cord injuries may also occur if debris from the bike or accident cut into your spinal cord.

As the spinal cord swells in the days and weeks following a serious motorcycle accident, victims often are left with severely limited movement and feeling that can remain permanent.

Neck & Back Injuries vs. Spinal Cord Injuries

It's quite common for motorcyclists to experience back or neck pain after a motorcycle accident in Georgia. This can be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, and may cause constant, radiating pain, muscle spasms, numbness and tingling in feet and hands that may be confused with a spinal cord injury.

While your quality of life can be significantly impaired from back or neck pain and you may file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for these injuries, a spinal cord injury is much more severe. 

Spinal cord injuries are often characterized by severely debilitating paralysis and loss of sensation at the injury site. 

Quality of life is so greatly impacted after severe spinal cord injuries that if someone else is at fault, a victim can be compensated for a diminished quality of life in addition to their medical bills, lost ability to work and even pain and suffering brought on by the disability.

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