Each year, the CDC estimates there are 11,000 spinal cord injuries in the United States.
Some of them result from motorcycle accidents, and may include:
Sacral Spine Injury
This is the bottom section of the spine and it contains five vertebrae. An injury can result in bladder and bowel dysfunction, and weakness or paralysis of the hips and legs.
Cervical Spine Injury
Made up of eight vertebrae, the cervical spine region starts at the skull’s base. A variety of problems can occur from an injury such as paralysis from the neck down, respiratory issues, and bladder/bowel dysfunction.
Thoracic Spine Injury
The thoracic spine starts at the end of the cervical spine. It contains five vertebrae, and injury could result in paraplegia. However, thoracic spine injuries are rarely caused by a motorcycle accident because the rib cage protects the region.
Lumbar Spine Injury
Located under the thoracic region, the lumbar part of the spine has five vertebrae. Injuries to this area commonly cause paraplegia and need surgical intervention.
A slipped disc happens when one of the discs ruptures causing the spine’s protective gel to leak out. This usually causes significant pain in one’s back.
If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s carelessness, you need the help of a New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer in order to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence. This could include things such as driving under the influence, speeding, or making an illegal lane change.
Please contact us to discuss your case.