Spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic. Spinal cord damage can cause reduced strength, sensation, and function in the area below the damage. Although doctors can treat some of the symptoms caused by these injuries, there is no cure. Because there is no cure, people with spinal cord injuries may face a life of disability.
At Kass & Moses, our spinal cord injury lawyers help victims of bicycle crashes fight for justice.
What to Do if You Witness a Bicycle Crash
It is important to never move an injured person who may have a spinal cord injury. After a bike crash, be on the lookout for signs of spinal trauma. It often occurs as someone is thrown off their bike and makes impact with the ground. As swelling occurs following the injury, these symptoms can increase in magnitude. If you notice any signs of spinal cord injuries, you should seek medical care immediately.
Signs of Spinal Cord Injuries:
- Difficulty walking
- Numbness or a tingling sensation through the arms or legs
- Inability to move the extremities
- Pain, stiffness, or pressure in the back or neck
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of consciousness
Because spinal cord injuries affect sensation and movement, they are among the most frightening of injuries. Sometimes these injuries can be repaired through surgery or temporary immobilization. In such cases, an extended hospital stay is often required. In other cases, the injuries can lead to paralysis, either partial or complete. Even if your spinal injuries are relatively mild, they should be taken seriously.
Cyclists with spinal column injuries may face a long road to recovery. Often, they require months of physical and occupational therapy to help them regain strength and functioning. Some will require long-term use of devices made to assist with walking and mobilization. If the injuries are very severe, the cyclist may need to be placed in an inpatient rehabilitation center for a period of time while they heal.
No matter the course of treatment, the end result is the same. The medical bills associated with spinal cord injuries are tremendous. The insurance company may offer you a settlement that might not even be enough to cover your basic medical expenses. At Kass & Moses, our spinal cord injury attorneys believe this is an insult. We fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve under the law. In addition to your medical bills, we take into account your pain and suffering, lost wages, need for ongoing medical treatment, and other damages. We look at the broad picture because we know your needs extend beyond a few medical bills.
Spinal column injuries for cyclists cannot be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle crash, contact Kass & Moses spinal cord injury lawyers. We will begin work immediately, assessing and analyzing the facts of your case and helping to determine the compensation you are entitled to receive.
We keep you informed every step of the way and are always available to take your phone call. As cyclists ourselves, we know that your physical health and wellbeing is critical to your happiness. We take pride in the role we play in the recovery of injured cyclists.