The vulnerability of motorcycle riders to spinal cord injuries
As a motorcycle rider, you are more than likely acutely aware of the fact that you could suffer severe injuries if involved in a crash. As other cars pass you, or you pass other motor vehicles, you may be keenly aware of their size and potential for danger. One wrong move by one of those vehicles, and you could find yourself lying on the street and badly injured.
All it would take is to land the wrong way, and you could suffer a life-altering and debilitating spinal cord injury. Two types of spinal cord injuries exist, and knowing the difference in case it happens to you could help.
Types of spinal cord injuries
All spinal cord injuries fall into one of the following categories:
- You still receive nerve impulses in an incomplete spinal cord injury. You will still have the ability to feel sensations and move to some degree with this type of injury.
- You do not receive nerve impulses in a complete spinal cord injury. Your brain and nerves fail to communicate below the site of your injury.
Your chances of recovery often depend on the type of spinal cord injury you suffer.
Watch for these symptoms
Most people associate the inability to move or feel anything in the limbs with a spinal cord injury. However, you may experience one or more of the following additional symptoms:
- You may find it difficult to breathe.
- You may have trouble coughing.
- You may lose control of your bladder and/or bowels.
- You may experience exaggerated reflexes or spasms.
- Parts of your body may experience weakness.
- You may feel a burning pain from the nerve damage.
That last one may seem counterintuitive, which could fool you into thinking that you did not suffer a spinal cord injury. Do not make this mistake and attempt to move since doing so could cause additional and possibly irreparable damage.
The need for support
Regardless of whether you suffer a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury, you will more than likely need a significant amount of medical and other support. Even if doctors believe that you will experience at least some recovery, if not a full recovery, it could be some time before you can function on your own.
During that time, and afterward, you will probably incur substantial financial losses due to medical bills and the inability to work. You may find that having legal support in filing a personal injury claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for the accident could alleviate another stressor that you do not need at this time. Letting someone with the appropriate legal experience advocate for you could result in receiving the compensation you deserve.
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