Motorcycle and car accidents often cause spinal cord injuries. These injuries can cause serious, permanent damage to your nerves. Depending on the type of damage you sustain, you may have difficulties with movement, breathing, or other normal body functions.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Todd R. Durham for help.
Causes of Spinal Injuries
The two most common causes of damage to your spine are car accidents and slip and fall accidents. These injuries cause trauma to the vertebrae in your spine; the impact of a fall or an accident can crush the vertebrae or the discs between the spine.
Consequences of Spinal Injuries
Your spinal cord transmits messages to and from your brain and the rest of your body. If the nerve endings in your spine are damaged by an accident, it can cause serious problems, such as:
- The inability to move your arms or legs
- The inability to breathe without the assistance of a machine.
- A loss of control of bowel and bladder movements
- A loss of sexual function
Clearly, spinal injuries of this nature are extremely disabling. If the accident was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.
Liability and Spinal Injuries
You may get compensation for a spinal injury if someone else was at fault. For example, if you fell because someone neglected to put up a wet floor sign or a drunk driver hit your car, you’re entitled to damages for your injuries.
In many cases, you and the other party are both at fault for the injury. In this case, you’re still entitled to partial compensation (e.g., if you were 30% at fault, you are entitled to 70% of the damages you would get if you were not at fault at all).