Bicycling has many benefits – economic, environmental, and healthful. It’s a great way of getting around town, especially here in bike-friendly downtown Bellingham. Some of the roads around Whatcom County offer scenic rides beyond compare, and Galbraith Mountain attracts professional mountain bikers to live here and train. However, in collisions between bicyclists and motor vehicles, the cyclist is no match for the vehicle. All it takes is one distracted or drunk driver to debilitate the cyclist – sometimes permanently.

Bill Coats Law is experienced with cases that included a neck injury, and the surgeries that ensued. Bill Coats, with an office conveniently located in downtown Bellingham, serves clients all over Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties. For a free consultation about your case, call (360) 392-2833.

Spinal cord injuries are some of the worst types sustained. The spinal cord is the super highway for nerves to travel back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. A broken back can lead to paralysis and the victim may never regain feeling or mobility. Many bodily functions can be affected by a spinal cord injury. From whatever point and below it the injury occurred, sensation and mobility will be lost. So, if the neck was injured, quadriplegia may result. Damage to the neck or above can result in problems breathing, and even a temporary loss of oxygen experienced during the trauma of the crash can result in brain damage. During rehabilitation, complications from a spinal injury can include incontinence, bedsores, blood clots, muscle spasms, chronic pain, and emotional and psychological problems such as depression are common.

Immediate and long term medical care is crucial in spinal injuries. If you have been so injured, make sure you follow your doctors’ care diligently. Meanwhile, the financial burdens can mount. While initially insurance may pay for the emergency treatments and other doctors’ visits, it may not cover all of it. You may have thousands of dollars’ worth of medical bills and be unable to work, perhaps permanently. Also, a spinal cord injury can result in lifelong rehabilitation and doctors’ care, and that possibility may not be completely covered, either. It is the person who hit you and caused this trauma that should be responsible for paying for your losses. The law is on your side if you were the victim of someone else’s negligence or recklessness.

In order to build a case for this compensation, consider hiring a skilled attorney who is experienced in these kinds of cases. Bill Coats has decades of experience as an attorney in Washington and knows how to find justice for his clients. He is not paid until you are, since he works by contingency fee, which means there are no upfront costs for his expertise.  Contact him here

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