Traumatic brain injuries are among the most common injuries from a motorcycle crash. Although all brain injuries are serious, some are relatively mild and some are severe and life-altering. If you have been in a motorcycle crash and experienced any of the symptoms below, you should seek medical attention immediately. The effects of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be disastrous. Even mild TBI can require weeks to recover completely.
Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:
- A brief or no lapse of consciousness
- Confusion or disorientation
- Inability to focus
- Dizziness or trouble maintaining balance
Mild traumatic brain injury is often referred to as a concussion. Sometimes the person loses consciousness for a very short time, but often they simply seem confused and dazed. They may be unsure what happened and may complain of a headache. Even though these injuries are mild in severity, all brain injuries must be taken seriously.
Signs of Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Loss of consciousness from a few minutes to several hours
- Confusion that lingers for weeks
- Ongoing cognitive and physical struggles that can last months or can even be permanent
- Behavioral changes that may seem to affect personality and moods
Moderate traumatic brain injury can occur when the head strikes a surface suddenly, such as when someone is thrown from their motorcycle and hits their head against the pavement. Some people with moderate traumatic brain injury seem to recover relatively quickly with few lingering aftereffects, but others face a lifetime of disability. Most individuals who experience moderate traumatic brain injury will require some degree of ongoing physical and occupational therapy.
Signs of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Extended loss of consciousness and coma
- Seizures and convulsions
- Fractures of the skull or invasive brain injuries
- Permanent neurological damage
- Ongoing cognitive, speech and language, and physical effects
- Often these are open head injuries, but even closed head injuries can result in severe TBI
Severe traumatic brain injuries are devastating, and some individuals will succumb to their injuries. Others will recover some functioning and, with extensive treatment and support, may be able to regain some normal abilities. But most people who experience severe TBI face a lifetime of disability. Individuals with severe TBI may require extended treatment in a rehabilitation or complete care facility.
In recent years, we have learned about the cumulative effects of repeated concussions. Doctors and researchers have found that cognitive defects increase each time someone experiences a concussion. In addition, concussions have been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Just as football players wear specialized helmets, we recommend wearing a helmet for even experienced motorcycle riders. Head injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents often result in brain damage. The brain simply cannot repair itself, so losses to cognitive functioning are usually permanent. But we understand that some bikers feel that helmets are restrictive and, in some areas, are not required by law.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tracks motorcycle and motor vehicle accidents. They show that helmet use helps lower the rate of fatalities. Helmeted motorcyclists are simply less likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when a crash occurs.
In these complicated cases, the attorney client relationship is especially important. Motorcycle crash victims needs to know they can rely on their personal injury attorney to put their needs first. We take pride in our ability to be reached by accident victims and their families any time, day or night. We have a long term record of representing motorcycle riders and are part of the motorcycle community ourselves.
If you or a family member have been in a motorcycle crash and have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, you need to have legal representation to help get you fair compensation. The medical costs, lost wages, and other associated costs related to traumatic brain injury are tremendous, and can quickly devastate a family. You do not need to go it alone. Contact The Law Firm of Kass & Moses today for a free phone consultation. With over 25 years of experience representing bikers with traumatic brain injury nationwide, we understand your needs and will strive to use the law to your advantage.