Brain injuries and concussions are very common in bicycle crashes. Even if you wear a helmet every time you ride, you are not immune to head injuries. Head injuries range from a mild concussion to severe traumatic brain injury. The effects of a concussion may fade in a few days or can persist for a lifetime. As you can see from the list below, a concussion can cause a wide range of symptoms. Any of these symptoms following a bike crash should never be discounted and should indicate a need for assessment by a physician.
Signs of a concussion include:
- Headache or a sensation of pressure in the head
- Any loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Amnesia or confusion surrounding the crash
- Dizziness, vertigo, or seeing stars
- Slurred or confused speech
- Clumsiness or an awkward gait
- Sensitivity to light and noise
If you have been involved in a bicycle crash, you should be checked over by a medical professional as soon as possible. One of the first things they will determine is if you have suffered a concussion. Emergency medical technicians can provide a basic assessment at the scene of your crash, but you should always see a doctor for a full analysis of your symptoms. They may ask you some questions basic questions like your name, the year, and where you are located. Confusion is very common following a concussion, and these questions help the medical personnel quickly determine how well your brain is working. Keep in mind that some of the signs of a concussion do not show up immediately after the crash. Swelling of the brain and surrounding tissues can cause symptoms to present hours or even days following the crash. It is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible if you develop signs of a concussion, even days after your crash.
Many cyclists feel relieved to be told it is “just a concussion,” as if this condition is little more than a headache and a bout of dizziness. It is important to remember, however, that the effects of a concussion (even a mild one) can linger and interfere with many aspects of your life.
Family members may feel frustrated, as emotional changes are not uncommon following a head injury. In fact, recent studies have shown a link between concussions and suicide rate.
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Recovery from a concussion requires both time and rest. The brain needs time to heal, and rest in a quiet, dark room is the best way to encourage that repair. This rest means that time away from work is essential. In the days and weeks following a concussion, it can be difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You should avoid driving or riding your bike. When you do begin to return to normal activities, you should do so slowly. This may mean a period of time working partial days.
People with severe concussions may require physical and occupational therapy in order to gradually return to health. Some brain injuries are so extensive that the effects are permanent. People with severe brain injury may require ongoing medical care and may not be able to resume their role at work.
The costs associated with a bicycle crash-causing a concussion are high. Medical care can involve tests and scans, and some injuries may require hospitalization. Since concussions require rest in order to heal, a period of time off work is essential. As the medical bills begin to pile up and you run out of leave at work, you may be worried about the financial implications of your crash. That is why it is important to call on a bicycle crash lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. We will work with the insurance company to get you fair and just compensation while you focus on returning to health.
Never feel like you have to face your head injuries alone! At Kass & Moses brain injury attorneys, we will stand by your side, working every step of the way to get you relief from the bills and loss of income associated with your injury.