Seattle Bicycle Accident Spine Injury Attorneys
Bicylists May Suffer Spinal Trauma After Collisions
Thanks to its economical, environmental and healthful benefits, bicycling has become an ideal form of transportation and recreation for many in Washington. Whether you are riding down E. Madison Street in Seattle or riding through Mt. Rainier National Park, bicycling can provide many benefits, but it also presents risks. As a bicyclist, you are at the mercy of other drivers, and just one distracted driver can cause a serious injury accident.
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most debilitating injuries a person can sustain and they are unfortunately common results of bicycle accidents. Because the spinal cord sends messages from your brain to the rest of your body through a nerve network in the spine, any injury to this area will affect some part of your bodily functions.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our Seattle spine injury lawyers know how difficult suffering a bike crash injury can be, especially if it is spinal cord injury. Getting the proper medical treatment and care after such an injury is essential to a proper recovery and we are committed to helping you get the money you need for optimal recovery from your injuries. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us at (888) 228-3860.
Bicycle Accident Recoveries
- $170,000 recovery for a bicyclist injured when he was struck riding his bicycle.
- $145,000 recovery for a man who received a concussion and skin abrasions when he was knocked off his bicycle by a car making a turn in Kirkland.
Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
If the injury to the spinal cord is in the neck or above, you may be permanently lose the use of all bodily functions below the level of injury. That is to say, quadriplegia is probable. Damage to the neck or above may also result in breathing problems which will have other complications associated with them, such as loss of oxygen causing secondary injuries. If the damage is below the neck, there is a possibility that you will be paralyzed (loss of movement and sensation below the waist).
Infections (lung and otherwise), incontinence, pressure sores, blood clots, muscle spasms, chronic pain and depression are a few of the complications associated with spinal cord injuries.
Immediate medical care is essential to diagnosing a spinal cord injury and in effectively treating it. The sooner diagnosis is made and treatment begun the more function might be retained in the affected areas. Quick medical intervention, coupled with aggressive physical therapy is the key to your recovery and an enhanced quality of life.
The initial medical treatment and care after a spinal cord injury may or may not be paid for by your own insurance. But the cost of possibly a lifetime of care is something which may not be wholly covered. Whether your spinal trauma is considered minor or severe, your life will forever be changed by it. Inability to work, carrying on your previously normal activities (social and otherwise) while undergoing rigorous physical therapy will require financial resources which may be diminished or eliminated by the accident. The party who is responsible for causing the bicycle accident should be the person who bears this burden, not you.
How a Top Seattle Bike Accident Spine Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a bicycle accident spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party. Seattle bike injury lawyer Joseph "J.P." Pendergast, of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has the experience and skills to hold those responsible for your spinal cord injury accountable and to ensure that you obtain the amount of compensation you deserve for the physical, mental and emotional pain inflicted on you. To speak to a knowledgeable Seattle bike injury attorney about your potential case, call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.