One common, horrendous potential consequence of a motorcycle crash is a spinal injury. When such an injury occurs, victims almost always face tremendous, ongoing physical challenges and steep medical bills. According to the Mayo Clinic, motorcycle and car accidents are the leading causes of spine injuries and account for 35 percent of new cases each year.

Whether you’ve damaged a disc or suffered paralysis, if you have spinal damage due to someone else’s negligence, you should get the compensation you’re due. A Salt Lake City motorcycle accident spine injury lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates will have the knowledge and experience to seek damages from insurance companies and any other responsible parties.


Spinal Cord Damage After a Motorcycle Accident

We usually think of our brains as our control center, but the spinal cord is the other half of the equation; together they form the central nervous system. If the nerves that send the brain’s commands can’t travel down the spinal cord due to an injury, use of limbs and controlling bodily functions can be impaired or impossible.

If the injury affects the area below the bottom vertebra and includes a lack of neurological function, it’s called a complete spinal cord injury. If some sensation is still present below the lowest vertebra, it is termed incomplete.

Spine injuries after a motorcycle accident can take many different forms:

  • Cervical spine injury
  • Lumbar sacral injury
  • Thoracic spine injury
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Paralysis (quadriplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia)


Making Matters Worse

Since your spine controls much of the communication from your brain to the other parts of your body, the loss of that system can compromise other parts of the body and its functions over time as well, adding to your initial injuries:

  • Bladder and bowel control
  • Loss of sensation in skin, resulting in subsequent burns or sores
  • Compromised blood flow, possibly forming clots or hampering circulation
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Muscle loss or spasms
  • Weight gain due to reduced activity and related diseases such as obesity and diabetes
  • Change in sexual function
  • Nerve and joint pain


Expenses of Motorcycle Accident Spine Injuries

Many spine injuries require surgery and extended hospital stays. Lifelong medical care and home medical equipment may even be required. If you suffered paralysis or some other serious injury, your home may have to be modified and you may need a homecare specialist to help you adjust to new ways of doing things.

In the best-case scenario, the insurance companies would pay for all of your expenses, but they can often be hard to deal with, as they will most likely want to give you less than you deserve. In truth, any expenses, damages, or hardship you have endured as a result of your motorcycle accident should be eligible for compensation:

  • Medical expenses, both current and future
  • Physical and occupational rehabilitation
  • Wheelchairs, canes, and other mobility equipment
  • Rails, ramps, and home medical equipment
  • Aide or nursing fees
  • Lost wages and income


Get the Care You Need with Help from a Salt Lake City Lawyer

If you suffered a spine injury in a motorcycle accident, you should call Craig Swapp and Associates as soon as you can. We are personal injury attorneys with a depth of experience handling motorcycle accidents, and we know exactly how to build your case for compensation from the insurance companies and fight for your rights.

Call a Salt Lake City motorcycle accident spine injury lawyer from our office right away by dialing 1-800-404-9000. Alternatively, you can set up your free case evaluation by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, and one of our team members will contact you at your leisure.