Bicycle accidents are typically caused by negligent or reckless drivers. Sadly, a bicyclist may be left with life-changing injuries such as paralysis following a Florida bike accident. While it is rare, some cyclists have been paralyzed from the waist down, chest down, or even neck down as a result of a collision with a car.
The ways in which paralysis can occur in cycling accidents include:
- Broken neck
- Damaged vertebrae
- Crushed vertebrae
- Injury to the spine
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
- Torn spinal cord
Whether a cyclist is thrown from his or her bike, flips over the handlebars, or falls off a bicycle in an accident, the outcome of the crash will depend on the specific site of impact. Sometimes, a cyclist’s T-7 and T-8 vertebrae might be crushed or his or her spinal cord might be torn in half. The impact and injury site will determine whether injured bicyclists will be able to move their hands and arms or have any control over their body.
When paralysis occurs, a cyclist’s life will forever change—resulting in a life he or she never expected or had planned for. Cyclists who are left to live a life as a paraplegic or quadriplegic have many needs. Not only will an injured cyclist need ongoing care, but he or she will need to get used to life in a wheelchair and not being able to take care of oneself.
Also, it is unlikely that a paralyzed cyclist will ever be able to work, which can lead to a loss of income. By not being able to earn a living, victims of bike accidents often deal with depression. Sadly, they also aren’t able to enjoy the hobbies and activities they once loved, like biking, which can add to their depression.
Not only will a paralyzed cyclist deal with physical hardships following a Florida bicycle accident, but he or she will be left to deal with financial hardships as well. When an innocent cyclist’s life is forever changed by a permanent disability in a bike accident, he or she will face significant costs for medical treatment, ongoing care, and accommodations like ramps. These expenses, coupled with the loss of income, can leave a cyclist in financial turmoil. This is why an injured bicyclist should speak with an experienced bicycle accident attorney.
To find out what damages are recoverable and how much compensation you may be entitled to after suffering a spinal cord injury that left you paralyzed, you should contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld. You will get to speak with an experienced South Florida accident attorney who will answer your questions and explain to you your legal rights. Call for a free consultation [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to work with an attorney who will fight to get you and your family the compensation that you need and deserve.