Motorcycle accidents can be very serious and can result in catastrophic injuries or even permanent disability.
While an accident can happen in a split second, the aftermath of an accident and the recovery period can take months if not years. Even with a helmet riders can sustain a head injury and these can require ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, therapy, home and lifestyle adaptations, assistive devices, etc. If an accident victim is fortunate enough to recover partially or fully from his or her injuries, chances are that the process will be difficult and expensive.
While a minor accident may simply result in road rash or a fracture or two, it is not uncommon for victims of motorcycle accidents to sustain very serious injuries like
- spinal cord trauma
- brain injuries
- back and neck injuries
- severe lacerations or burns
- knee injuries
- facial injuries
- eye injuries
- soft tissue injuries
Any of these injuries or the combination of several can be life-altering. Though the recovery process might be long and/or difficult, with medical treatment most of these injuries can be recovered from. The injuries most likely to have long lasting implications, however, are spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. Because these injuries can be permanent they will most likely require ongoing and costly medical treatment and it is very possible that a patient may not be able to make a full recovery.
Brain injuries are unfortunately common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet to prevent serious head injuries, but in a major accident even wearing a helmet does not mean that you are fully protected. Brain injuries can be minor or they can be severe. Symptoms may not immediately present themselves. If you have been in an accident where you may have hit your head, you should always get checked out to make sure your head injury does not go undiagnosed.
Symptoms of brain injuries can include:
- memory loss
- chronic pain
A more serious brain injury can result in cognitive and behavioral problems and physical disabilities. Someone with a serious brain injury may need long term medical care.
Spinal cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are also common with motorcycle accidents. Spinal cord injuries can cause varying degrees of paralysis or physical disability. Caring for someone with a spinal cord injury for the rest of their life can cost millions of dollars and unfortunately many of the treatments are not covered by health insurance.
Legal Help for St. Louis Accident Victims
Discussing your accident and potential case with a St. Louis auto accident attorney as soon as possible is important. Your attorney can advise you regarding the best way to proceed, they will protect your rights, and they will pursue full compensation for you and your family. Your attorney will make sure that the insurance company is not taking advantage of you or underpaying you and will help you to decide whether settling is right for your particular case or not. Acting quickly and finding a supportive attorney to guide you through the legal process is very important. Contacting an experienced motorcycle attorney as soon as possible is the best way to maximize your chances of getting full compensation.
Call (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.
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