A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain. These injuries can range from mild concussions to life-threatening brain trauma. Even when motorcycle helmets are worn, brain injuries are all too common following motorcycle crashes and accidents.
Kass & Moses motorcycle injury attorneys fight for your rights. If you or a loved one has endured a traumatic brain injury, our lawyers are here for you.
What to Do if You are Involved in a Motorcycle Crash
Any time you have a brain injury or concussion or have been in an accident in which your head has made contact with any surface, you should see a physician as soon as possible. Even if a doctor has previously assessed you for a concussion, if you develop any signs of a concussion later, be sure to get help
Signs You May Have a Concussion:
- Headache or feeling of head pressure
- Dizziness or seeing stars
- Becoming unconscious
- Vomiting or nausea
- Confusion or amnesia, or being disoriented
- Slurred speech or trouble forming coherent sentences
- Clumsy gait
- Sound, light, and/or movement sensitivity
When assessing you, doctors will perform tests to see if you have a concussion as a result of your motorcycle crash. They will ask you basic questions to determine if your brain is working functionally. They may look at your pupils and have you perform some basic tasks.
These things will help them determine if you have damaged your brain and, if so, how severe that damage may be. If the doctor determines you have had a concussion or is unsure, he or she may want to have some imaging tests performed. These tests can check for swelling or bleeding inside the brain. They can help the doctor visualize any areas of damage.
Treatment for a Concussion
Treatment for concussions nearly always consists of complete rest. You will need to rest not just the body, but also the mind. This means that rest should occur in a dark, quiet room, without the television or radio on.
Of course, this means that it is impossible to work during this time. It is important to rest as symptoms will persist and the brain will not heal until you do. Never assume that a concussion is a mild injury. Even if you have a mild concussion, that is still an injury to the brain and should be treated seriously.
When your normal activities resume, you may notice you become tired more quickly than usual. You may need to go back to work on a part-time basis until you regain your strength and focus.
If your concussion was more severe, you may require ongoing occupational and physical therapies to help you regain health. In such cases, you will likely require an extended period of time away from work.
Incurring a concussion in a motorcycle crash means you will likely face large medical bills. Scans and tests performed at the hospital can easily exceed $10,000. And, since you need to miss work in order to regain your health, you likely have some degree of lost wages.
It is critical to call Kass & Moses motorcycle accident lawyers immediately when you are in a crash. With over 25 years of experience representing injured bikers, we understand concussions well. We work hard to help you get the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Contact us today and get back on the road to health.