Los Angeles bicyclists learn to take their share of tumbles, especially riding the unpredictable surfaces of the city. Usually, they can dust off and ride on. But the most serious accidents, usually involving a strike from a motor vehicle, can land a rider with severe injuries and even some permanent damage.
A cyclist can survive a hard collision, seemingly recover, and not know they’ve suffered nerve damage. The effects may not show up until weeks or months later when a victim goes numb or losses control over some parts of the body. The damage can cause a major change in a bicyclist’s lifestyle and may even force extended time off a bike.
Support for Los Angeles Bicyclists with Nerve Damage After an Accident
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law we understand how much anguish is involved any time you’re unable to get on your bike. Our attornies are cyclists themselves and we want safe rides for all riders. When cyclists get hurt due to the carelessness of a driver we want to support those victims and get them back to their way of life as soon as possible.
You didn’t cause your accident and you shouldn’t be on the hook for all the expenses that followed. Things like hospital and rehabilitation bills and lost wages from work should fall squarely on the driver to blame and his or her insurance company. Contact Los Angeles Bicycle Law for a free consultation before you decide your next move.
Nerve Damage Common Symptoms After a Bicycle Accident
Cyclists often damage the nerves in their hands and arms due to accidents because the arm is usually raised to catch a fall when someone goes off a bike. Nerves in the neck and spine can also be injured when cyclists hit the ground with force.
These injuries can get progressively worse over time. They affect the lines of communications between your appendages and torso and your brain. So almost unnoticeable numbness may be the start of a problem. In the end, you could lose so much feeling you may not know when you’ve touched a hot stove or you might even miss the symptoms of a heart attack.
The effects can appear very slowly, but when the problem gets worse you may be too numb to notice. It’s important to be on the lookout for any symptoms after a collision with a vehicle.
Prevention found that these signs from your body should lead to a call to the doctor:
- Numbness, tingling, or burning.
- Difficulty moving any part of the body.
- Pain running down one leg.
- If you are suddenly more accident-prone. Getting burns or abrasions but not noticing the damage until later. You may also fall more often.
- Brief flashes of pain in the brain.
- Sweating more than usual.
- Feeling like you have to use the bathroom but then not going.
Common Long-Term Effects of Nerve Damage
Long-term physical therapy can help reverse the effects of nerve damage if the problem is caught early enough. Surgery is also an option for some types of nerve damage. Certain medications can also be tried.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for nerve damage. If you are injured you may experience the effects to some extent over a lifetime.
Here’s a list of some of the longer-lasting problems caused by nerve damage:
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Muscle Weakness and Atrophy
- Muscle Twitching
- This can involve different levels of a loss of control of the lower body, or of all four appendages.
- A loss of control of the bladder can persist.
Compensation for Bicyclists with Nerve Damage
A split-second mistake by a distracted driver can leave you with a lifetime of pain and disability. The driver who caused your collision should be held accountable for all of the costs of recovery and the price of rebuilding your life.
Nerve damage can keep you out of work and cause you to miss paychecks. The driver and his or her insurance company should have to compensate you for every week of work you miss. What’s more, if you can no longer perform your previous job because of your nerve injury, a civil lawsuit should also require an insurance company to pay for help finding a new career and training for a new job.
This is on top of compensation you’ll need for hospital bills, rehab, and any medical devices you may require to return to a normal way of life. An attorney can best help you demand compensation for every physical, emotional, and financial hardship you’ve endured since your bicycle accident.
Contact a Los Angeles Bicycle Law Attorney
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law, we concentrate our practice solely on bicyclists who have been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of others. Our desire is to support and protect all cyclists when they are most vulnerable and work towards getting them back on their bikes as soon as possible.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident in or around Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California, contact us right away for a confidential free consultation and case review.