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Consequences of a Head Injury from a Motorcycle Accident

May 24, 2019
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Head Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents

Out of all the motor vehicles that you can drive, a motorcycle is considered to be one of the most dangerous. There is a reason only motorcycles are supposed to wear a helmet by law. There is no airbags, no inner cushioning or surfaces to prevent you from skidding against the asphalt, and less mass to prevent you from going flying in a collision. Head injuries are one of the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident and, in turn, have serious consequences for the accident victim.

Aftermath of Head Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

After being in a motorcycle accident, many people end up with serious head injuries. Helmets are not a 100% failsafe against injury. They often prevent death or serious devastation to the brain and skull, but they do not prevent injury completely every single time. It is crucial to see a doctor after a motorcycle accident no matter what to assess one’s medical condition. Head injuries can have internal bleeding, swelling, broken skull, etc.

Commons Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury after an Accident

One of the biggest issues that can stem from head injuries is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These involve temporary but often permanent brain dysfunction. One’s mental ability can be damaged in the aftermath of an accident including mental capacity, memory, mood regulation, vision, sensory, etc. Brain damage can completely change a person and their ability to live their lives.

Common symptoms of TBI:

  • Confusion
  • Severe headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision or ringing ears
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting and nausea (repeated)
  • Pupil dilation
  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Sleep issues
  • Clear fluids from the ears or eyes
  • Inability to awake or coma

Treatment of Head Injuries Related to Motorcycle Accidents

For the most serious head injuries, major surgery is often necessary to stop internal bleeding, remove shattered bone, close up open wounds, and brain surgery in serious cases. For less severe head injuries, doctors will use techniques to lower swelling, provide lots of rest, and offer rehabilitation. Pain medication is often administered as well. In the aftermath of an accident, certain therapy is offered to help with neurological and other mental problems such as cognitive behavioral therapy, memory testing and practice, or anger management. Although these efforts can definitely assist in improving mental capacity and ability, usually it is impossible to completely fix what has been damaged in the brain. People will often sue for how their lives have been affected and their own mental ability and personality.

Contact a Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case in Pennsylvania

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC represent clients injured because of motorcycle accidents in Indiana, New Castle, Uniontown, Washington, and throughout Pennsylvania. Call (412) 471-4300 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a  consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 310 Grant St #720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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