Head Injuries You Could Suffer in a Motorcycle Wreck
A catastrophic injury commonly caused in a motorcycle accident is an injury to the head and brain. While wearing a motorcycle helmet can help protect a rider’s head, he can still suffer a brain injury if a negligent driver hits him. Here, we discuss common types of head injuries motorcycle riders suffer in collisions.
What Are Common Brain Injuries Caused by a Motorcycle Accident?
Brain injuries are caused by blunt force or other trauma to the brain, which explains why they are so common in motorcycle accidents. There are a number of brain injuries that a rider can suffer:
Concussion. While this is a milder type of head injury, a concussion can cause permanent brain damage if the person suffers repeated concussions. Some of the symptoms include nausea, vomiting, temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, fatigue, and problems with concentration and memory. It can take weeks or longer for the symptoms to disappear.
Hemorrhages. Hemorrhages in the brain are also known as hematomas and can occur between the protective tissues that cover the brain, the skull and dura, which is the outer covering of the brain, or the dura and the brain. Hemorrhages between the dura and brain can be life-threatening and require surgery to repair. Sometimes the symptoms of a hematoma, which are similar to a concussion, can take days or weeks to develop when they can suddenly become a medical emergency. That is why being treated by a doctor right away after a motorcycle accident is crucial.
Traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common brain injuries caused in a motorcycle or other motor vehicle accident. Even a mild blow to the head can cause this injury. Victims can suffer long-term changes to their vision, hearing, and mobility. In addition, they can suffer debilitating mental changes, such as to their emotions, memory, concentration, and decision-making abilities.
Diffuse Axonal Injury. This is an injury to large parts of the brain caused by shaking that can result in lesions and brain nerve damage. A person can lose consciousness or go into a vegetative state. It is one of the leading causes of death when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury.
Treatment Options for Brain Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Collisions
Some mild brain injuries may only require pain medication, rest, and follow-up care by a physician. However, many brain injuries—even ones that are not that serious—will require months, years, or long-term medical treatment. Some of the treatments that may be required include:
Emergency care to ensure a proper oxygen and blood supply, control of blood pressure, and minimize damage caused by bleeding or other injuries that could cause further brain damage
Medications, such as diuretics, anti-seizure medications, or coma-inducing medicines
Surgery to remove blood clots, repair skull fractures, or open the skull to reduce pressure and drain fluids
Rehabilitation to relearn skills, like walking and talking, that were lost, and to adjust to permanent changes in mental and physical abilities
If you suffered a brain injury caused by a motorcycle accident, your injuries could be more serious and the value of your claim for compensation greater. You need the assistance of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to help you obtain the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver’s insurance company. To learn how we can help you, call our office to schedule your free consultation.