Seattle Motorcycle Accident Spine Injury Attorneys
Motorcyclists & Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic spinal cord injuries are some of the worse injuries one can suffer in a motorcycle accident in Washington. Damage to the spinal cord can lead to significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges for an injury victim.
Joseph "J.P." Pendergast of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., is dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients and holding negligent parties legally responsible. With a successful track record handling motorcycle collision cases, our law firm has the resources and knowledge you need to get the money that you deserve. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call our Washington motorcycle accident injury lawyers at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.
Damage to the spinal cord destroys nerves which are responsible for bodily functions, such as movement and breathing.
Immediate Medical Treatment is Essential
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), even if it appears that no serious injury has resulted from a motorcycle accident, immediate medical treatment is essential. As 40% of all spinal cord injuries result from traffic accidents, as reported by Mayo Clinic, medical treatment is especially called for following a motorcycle crash. The quicker proper medical treatment is administered, the more optimistic the prognosis.
Washington Motorcycle Accident Recoveries
- $225,000 recovery for motorcycle accident injury.
- $175,000 recovery for a man who suffered injuries when a car swerved and knocked him off his motorcycle.
The Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury Last a Lifetime
As noted by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, if the spinal cord injury results in total paralysis, only 1 in 7 people get a significant amount of movement back following the trauma. However, of those who had movement in their legs following the initial trauma, 3 out of 4 had a return to significant movement, provided an ongoing regiment of proper medical treatment is followed.
The few seconds it can take for someone to suffer a motorcycle spinal cord injury is nothing compared to the life-altering ramifications of the accident. In addition to the initial medical treatment required, future medical treatment may also be required to allow the victim to be as active and mobile as possible. The victim of a spinal cord injury may becoming permanently disabled, not able to work and not able to earn income as a result. The continued medical bills and living expenses will mount regardless of the existence of insurance.
Financial Resources to Offset Your Losses After a Motorcycle Accident Spine Injury
Once any life-threatening injuries are resolved, a prolonged stay in a rehabilitation facility is not unusual. Yet, even following the release from the rehabilitation facility, in order to arrest further loss of bodily functions, physical therapy will be a lifelong activity. During this time, the loss of income is as inevitable as increasing medical bills.
The accident which resulted in a spinal cord injury may have been caused by the negligence of a driver, the government in not maintaining the roads properly, or the emergency/medical personnel tasked with the obligation of safeguarding the victim. All these parties may be required to compensate you for the injuries caused by them.
Limited Time to Take Legal Action in Washington
In the state of Washington, the statute of limitations for personal injury allows an individual to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit two years from the date of the accident that caused injury. For motorcycle wrongful death claims, family members are given between one and three years from the time of death to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit.
Helping You Recover
The victim of a motorcycle spinal cord injury may be entitled to compensation from various sources, depending on who was negligent. The only thing the victim of a spinal cord injury should be focused on is recovery. The financial aspect of the recovery is one which should be entrusted to someone skilled in obtaining compensation for the injury, like an experienced Washington motorcycle accident lawyer at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
- Seattle Spinal Cord Injury FAQ
- Spinal Cord Injuries Can Cause Lifelong Impairment
- Spinal Cord Injury - Mayo Clinic
- Spinal Cord Injuries - MedlinePlus