Spinal Cord Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
Damage to part of the spinal cord, or the nerves of the spinal canal, can lead to permanent changes in sensation, body functions, and strength. Often, spinal cord injuries result from sudden and traumatic blows to your spine, such as a fall from a bicycle. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident and suffered a spinal cord injury, the Wheaton and Schaumburg bicycle accident lawyers at Therman Law Offices are ready to assist. Our combined legal experience of more than three decades provides a strong foundation for securing the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys understand that injured individuals and their families face physical, emotional, and financial challenges following spinal cord injuries in bicycle accidents and we are here to provide compassionate and effective legal representation.Spinal Cord Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
The low impact nature of bicycling is a favorite form of exercise for people suffering back pain. Riding a bicycle is generally gentler on the spine than jogging, for instance. However, when an individual falls or is thrown off the bike in a sudden fashion, they can suffer severe spinal cord injury.
The brain and spinal cord comprise the central nervous system. The spinal cord is made of soft tissue, surrounded by vertebrae that extend from the base of your brain to just above your waist. Different tracts within the spinal cord carry messages between your brain and the rest of your body, including muscle movement messages, as well as sensory information relating to heat, cold, and pain.
When cyclists suffer spinal cord injuries in bicycle accidents, it can be difficult to work and perform daily, simple tasks. Compensation that may be recovered in a successful personal injury claim can help to cover costs for medical bills, including current and future expenses relating to their care. Injured individuals may also secure wages from missed work due to their injury, as well as emotional pain and suffering caused by the accident.Assert Your Right to Compensation from a Negligent Driver Following a Bicycle Accident
Many bicycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. These drivers may turn too quickly, fail to yield or cut off a rider. Other motorists drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, losing control of their vehicle and engaging in unreasonable conduct. After suffering a spinal cord injury, a bicycle accident victim may file a personal injury claim for damages to assert their legal rights. A judge or jury that deems a defendant motorist liable for causing an accident entitles the plaintiff victim to recover compensation.
To successfully assert a claim for negligence, the injured bicyclist must compile and assert evidence from the accident that shows the defendant owed the bicyclist a duty of care, breached this duty, and directly caused harm. These elements of a negligence claim are essential to recovering compensation. Because all motorists owe others a duty of care, the injured bicyclist can show that by acting unreasonably, the driver breached their duty of care.
Negligent behavior can range from speeding to texting while driving, and the critical question is whether the driver acted as a reasonable person would, under similar circumstances. The driver’s conduct must have directly caused the crash, serving as the “but for” cause of the accident. Finally, the injured bicyclist calculates their expenses resulting from the accident, taking into consideration expected future costs for medical treatment and other needs. Injured bicyclists suffering spinal cord injury can physically recover in some cases, while others suffer permanent and total paralysis.Contact an Experienced Lawyer Regarding Your Claim in Wheaton or Schaumburg
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis in a bicycle accident, the attorneys at Therman Law Offices are prepared to discuss the details of your case. We are committed to seeking full compensation on your behalf and provide skilled legal representation to clients throughout Wheaton, Schaumburg, Villa Park, Lombard, West Chicago, Elmhurst, Addison, Oakbrook Terrace, Westmont, Lemont, Downers Grove, Clarendon Hills, Bolingbrook as well as Lisle, and Darien. Please call us at 773-545-8849 or complete our online form to schedule a no-obligation consultation.