Experiencing confusion after a motorcycle accident is not uncommon. It can be an indication of a head injury or traumatic brain injury. Even minor brain injuries can cause confusion and disorientation. Here is what to do if you feel confused after your motorcycle crash.
Not all head injuries are alike. In fact, traumatic brain injuries present very differently from person to person. Some experience a loss of consciousness, others experience headaches, and some exhibit signs of confusion. If you exhibit any of these signs of head injury after a motorcycle accident, seek medical attention immediately. In fact, we recommend that anyone involved in a motorcycle crash see a medical professional right away for a full assessment.
Motorcycle accident victims are especially vulnerable to head injuries. Even helmeted motorcyclists exhibit a high risk of brain injury in a crash.
If you or a loved one have been hurt and have confusion after a motorcycle crash, you deserve quality representation. The Law Firm of Kass & Moses has over three decades of experience getting just compensation for injured parties. Call us today at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE for a free, no obligation consultation.
How Dangerous Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
There have been numerous studies in the past few years about the effects of concussions on the brain. They have shown that even mild concussions damage the brain. They also highlight the increased likelihood of suicide in the months and years following a head injury. Researchers have also discovered a link between traumatic brain injury and the development of neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Although there is still much to discover, what is clear is that brain injuries can produce lasting changes in the brain. Sometimes the damage to the brain can be seen on MRI and other scans. Other times, however, no damage to the brain can be visualized through these medical imaging tests. But this does not mean that you have not suffered a brain injury.
Curiously, some people who have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury exhibit significant and ongoing symptoms even though no damage can be visualized. Again, doctors simply do not know why this may be. This is one reason why you need to be aware of the symptoms you may experience after your head injury.
Even if you have relatively minor symptoms, you may have a significant head injury. And even if you have had a minor head injury, you may experience troubling symptoms. These symptoms may continue for weeks or even months after your accident. It is not uncommon to have headaches, dizziness, brain fog, and confusion for months after your motorcycle accident.
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What Are Some Symptoms of Head Injury?
Some head injuries cause you to lose consciousness. This can last for just seconds or can linger for weeks. Even with a mild injury it is common to experience a bad headache, mood swings, or trouble with your senses. In general, the more severe traumatic brain injury victims have the most extreme symptoms. But any head injury can cause troubling symptoms.
The brain tissue is vulnerable to damage. The brain itself is soft and relatively malleable. Brain swelling can lead to damage of the tissues. Blood clots and bleeding on the brain can further the damage. To put it simply, even a relatively minor head injury can result in brain damage. This is one of the reasons we suggest that all motorcycle accident victims seek medical attention immediately after their crash.
Motorcycle helmets have come a long way over the decades and definitely can reduce and absorb the force of impact when a crash occurs. But please understand that even wearing a helmet you can suffer a severe head injury in a motorcycle accident. Skull fractures are less common for bikers who wear helmets, but the brain can still suffer significant damage.
Motorcycle crashes are unpredictable. Severe injuries sometimes occur in crashes that are relatively minor. A crash can look insignificant but that does not mean the motorcycle accident injuries associated with it are minor.
Where Can I Turn Next?
Just like each motorcycle accident is different, not all head injuries are alike. Some motorcycle riders may be diagnosed with a concussion and may experience a full recovery in a week or two. Other motorcyclists may have ongoing, painful symptoms associated with their concussion for weeks or even months after the injury.
Confusion may be a sign that your traumatic brain injury was more serious than first diagnosed. Some motorcycle riders are diagnosed with a concussion without any imaging scans. This means that the severity of the injury and damage to the brain can be overlooked. Head injuries that do not resolve may require additional treatment.
If your confusion from your head injury continues, you require further medical assessment. Imaging scans are often done at this point to determine the extent of your head injuries. These scans can help determine the severity of your brain injury and why you continue to suffer confusion.
A neurologist can help determine the best treatment for your traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, appointments with these specialists are expensive. Costs of concussion treatments add up quickly. Added to your medical bills is your lost pay while you recover. As you can see, the losses associated with a head injury add up quickly.
If you have experienced confusion after your motorcycle accident and have questions about where to turn next, contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today. We will provide a free consultation and discuss your legal options with you. You can reach us today at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE.