Rider’s arm — also known as biker’s arm — is a relatively common type of injury in motorcycle accidents. This type of injury is caused when the nerves in the upper arm are damaged. This typically happens when a rider’s motorcycle falls on top of their arm during a crash.
There isn't one particular type of motorcycle accident that causes rider’s arm injuries. These can happen in any circumstances, and the severity of the injury is determined by how the motorcyclist lands and whether the motorcycle lands on the arm.
If you are a motorcyclist suffering from rider’s arm, you likely have incurred significant medical bills, missed time from work, and have been through a great deal of pain, grief and agony.
The financial costs alone after one of these accidents can be life-changing. If you have any questions about the legal process for recovering compensation, you should consult with an experienced attorney about your options.
Complications with Rider’s Arm
In severe cases of rider’s arm, a biker can suffer permanent paralysis of arm movement. Paralysis is the loss of muscle function and can occur in one or more muscles.
When paralysis occurs in rider’s arm injuries, one or more of the three primary nerves of the arm must be affected. Those nerves are:
- Median nerve: This nerve goes down the medial side of the arm, in front of the elbow, and down into the hand. This nerve is responsible for carrying feeling to the skin throughout most of the hand and fingers.
- Radial nerve: This nerve goes down the back and outside of the upper arm. It is responsible for sending signals to the muscles to straighten the elbow, and operates the wrist.
- Ulnar nerve: This nerve goes down the inside of the arm. This nerve is often referred to as the “funny bone” when bumped.
It’s important to receive medical treatment after a motorcycle accident, no matter how minor you believe it may be. If you think you may be suffering from rider’s arm, receive medical care as soon as possible, then contact an attorney to evaluate your legal options.
Legal Rights in a Motorcycle Collision
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle offer clients a great variety of services to protect their rights following an accident. Our team will perform our own supplemental investigation and fact finding discovers, which allows us to rely on more than what the accident report states. These details may be the difference between a riders claim going in their favor or not.
To begin exploring your options and make the financial recovery your deserve, contact our office today. We offer free case evaluations and operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us anything unless we win a settlement for you.
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