The rate of brain injuries in motorcycle accidents is higher than similar injuries in car crashes. A brain injury is usually a life-changing event not only for the victim but their family as well. Special care is required to recover, and a full recovery may not be possible. Traumatic brain injuries are common in motorcycle accidents because many bikers ride without a helmet. Even if they do, it may offer inadequate protection from the blunt force type of trauma that is often associated with these accidents. The key to recovery is to act fast when seeking medical attention, and also when exploring legal remedies. The party responsible for the accident should also be held accountable for payment of damages, including the cost of medical care and ongoing therapy or treatment. The Saunders Law Group in Sebring, FL, can help motorcycle accident victims and intimately understands the devastation caused by a brain injury.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are many types of traumatic brain injuries, and different ways a motorcycle accident can cause a brain injury. Some of the most common types and causes include:
- Concussions: Concussions are caused by blunt force trauma to the head, and can occur in a motorcycle accident when the rider is thrown from the bike and comes into contact with the pavement.
- Contusions: A contusion is more severe than a concussion, but can be caused in much the same way. Because of the more serious nature of a contusion, it is important to distinguish this type of injury from a concussion.
- Penetrating brain injury: These types of injuries can occur when the head comes into contact with flying debris or other stationary objects.
Any injury necessitates immediate medical attention and a treatment plan developed for recovery. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, it is critical to get immediate care and speak with an attorney who knows how to get the maximum recovery you need.
Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Some traumatic brain injuries are immediately noticeable, but others may take time to develop. Some symptoms to watch for include confusion, irritability, sleeplessness, depression, imbalance, and slurred speech. In the days after an accident, if any of these symptoms or other abnormal behavior occurs, contact a physician immediately. Treating an injury as soon as possible can help minimize the severity, and also help identify the full range of injuries suffered. It is crucial to be aware of all the damage that occurred when seeking recovery, so full and fair compensation can be secured.
Where to Turn for Help after a Motorcycle Accident
The Saunders Law Group will work diligently to hold those accountable for the cost of immediate care for brain injuries, as well as long-term needs for victims of accidents. In order to move forward and allow you to focus on healing, it is necessary to pinpoint the cause of the accident and outline every injury sustained. We give each case individualized attention, so our clients receive the care and guidance they need. Contact us online or call our office at (863) 533-6200.