At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, our Georgia Paralysis injury lawyers handle the full range of catastrophic injury claims, including paralysis injuries. Our firm is devoted to helping our clients get justice, accountability, and the maximum financial compensation. If you or your family member was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, we are here to help you navigate the complexities of the legal process. Give us a phone call now at 866-529-2453 or set up your no cost, no obligation consultation with a top Georgia motorcycle accident attorney.
Motorcycle Crashes are Disproportionately Likely to Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Unfortunately, motorcyclists in Georgia face some heightened safety risks. They are far more likely to be severely injured or killed in a crash than the drivers/passengers of standard-sized cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 4 out of every 5 motorcycle accidents result in an injury. In contrast, just 1 out of every 5 passenger car accidents results in an injury. Catastrophic injuries—including paralysis—are a risk.
What is Paralysis?
Paralysis is a medical condition characterized by the loss of muscle function in one or multiple areas of the body. It is a catastrophic and devastating injury. A paralysis injury happens when the nerve signals that are responsible for muscle movement are disrupted. Most often, motorcycle accident paralysis occurs due to some form of spinal cord damage. Paralysis can lead to difficulties in mobility, communication, and performing daily tasks. Unfortunately, the victim may suffer severe permanent physical and medical impairments.
Understanding the Different Types of Paralysis Injuries
Paralysis injuries can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. They can result from various causes, including spinal cord injuries and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Different types of paralysis injuries include:
- Monoplegia: Monoplegia affects one limb, usually an arm or a leg. This type of paralysis is often caused by localized nerve damage or a TBI in a motorcycle crash.
- Hemiplegia: Hemiplegia affects one side of the body, involving both the arm and leg. It could be caused by a TBI in a motorcycle accident.
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia results in the loss of function and sensation in the lower half of the body, including both legs. This condition is commonly caused by spinal cord injuries, specifically those affecting the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions.
- Quadriplegia: Quadriplegia (tetraplegia) involves the paralysis of all four limbs and the torso. It is a catastrophic injury that generally happens because of spinal cord damage that adversely affects the cervical region.
- Facial Paralysis: Facial paralysis is the loss of muscle function in the face. It could occur due to nerve damage or a brain injury caused by a motorcycle collision.
What to Understand About Georgia Motorcycle Accident Liability
Motorcycle accident claims fall under state law. If you or your loved one was paralyzed as a consequence of a motorcycle crash, it is crucial that you understand how liability is determined under Georgia law. Here are three important points:
- Georgia is a Fault-Based Motorcycle Crash Jurisdiction: In Georgia, motorcycle crashes are governed by an at-fault standard of liability. The party found to be responsible for causing a motorcycle accident that resulted in a paralysis injury is liable for the damages.
- Comparative Negligence Could Impact Your Claim: Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state. If you are liable for less than 51 percent of your own motorcycle crash, you can still seek compensation for your damages. However, your recovery will be reduced by your degree of negligence. Found 20 percent at fault? You would bear 20 percent of the responsibility for your paracelsus injury.
- There is a Two-Year Statute of Limitations: You should be proactive when bringing a motorcycle accident claim, especially after a catastrophic crash. Under Georgia law (OCGA § 9-3-32), there is a two-year statute of limitations for motorcycle injury claims, including for paralysis cases.
Recovering Full Financial Compensation for a Paralysis Injury in a Motorcycle Crash
Paralysis is a devastating injury. It is imperative that motorcycle accident victims are able to recover the maximum financial compensation—including for out-of-pocket costs, future medical needs, and non-economic damages. Our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys go above and beyond to ensure that victims and families get lasting justice. You may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Property damage (motorcycle repairs);
- Emergency room treatment;
- Hospital bills and other medical bills;
- Medications and medical equipment;
- Physical and psychological rehabilitative care;
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential;
- Pain and suffering & mental anguish;
- Permanent disability; and
- Loss of enjoyment of your lifestyle.
Paralysis and Motorcycle Accidents: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Paralysis in motorcycle accidents can happen from trauma sustained to the spinal cord or brain. The impact of the motorcycle collision, the rider being thrown from the motorcycle, or the rider suffering a direct blow to the back or head can cause damage to the nerves responsible for motor function and sensation. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, paralysis can be partial or complete, temporary or permanent. It is always a medical emergency.
As with other types of catastrophic injuries. The treatment for paralysis depends on the severity and location of the injury. To start, medical professionals may focus on stabilizing the patient, reducing inflammation, and preventing complications. These injuries are always medical emergencies. Further, with paralysis injuries, the proper ongoing rehabilitative treatment—potentially including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health support—is a must.
The duration of the legal claims process depends on a wide range of different factors. As a general rule, the more severe a motorcyclist’s injury, the longer the claims process will take. Paralysis is a catastrophic injury. It is imperative that the motorcycle accident claims process is handled properly. The victim and their family need justice and the maximum financial support.
Why Injured Victims Trust Lawbike Motorcycle Paralysis Injury Lawyers with their Claims
A paralysis injury is catastrophic. It will change the victim’s life going forward. You and your family do not have to navigate the legal claims process alone. At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, we are a law firm that is exclusively focused on motorcycle injury claims. Our firm has the specialized expertise to take on catastrophic crashes, including paralysis injuries. We are proactive and committed to securing your future. Among other things, our Georgia motorcycle crash lawyers are prepared to:
- Hear your story and answer legal questions about Georgia’s motorcycle liability laws;
- Investigate the motorcycle accident that results in your paralysis injury;
- Ensure that you are connected with the right doctors and medical specialists;
- Handle all motorcycle accident injury settlement negotiations with the insurer; and
- Take action to help you get justice and the maximum compensation for a paralysis injury.
Contact Our Motorcycle Paralysis Injury Attorneys Today
At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, our Georgia motorcycle accident lawyers fight tirelessly to help people paralyzed in a crash. If you or your family member suffered a catastrophic injury in a motorcycle wreck, we are more than ready to help. Call us at 866-529-2453 or connect with us online to arrange your no-cost, no-obligation case review. With an office in Roswell, we represent motorcycle accident victims throughout Georgia, including in Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah.
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At Lawbike Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys are passionate, experienced specialists. We have what it takes to help injured motorcyclists get justice after a serious crash.
You do not have to take on the legal system alone. Call us now at 866-529-2453 or contact us online for a free, no commitment review of your case. With law offices in Atlanta and Roswell, we represent motorcycle accident victims throughout all of Georgia.