The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury Following a Motorcycle Accident
When a motorcycle rider is hit by another vehicle, slides out on a patch of gravel, or suffers a flat tire while on a motorcycle ride, all of these different motorcycle accident scenarios can leave a rider with a severe head injury. One of the most common yet severe head injuries motorcycle riders suffer is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Because motorcycle accidents make up a large part of the TBI statistics, motorcycle helmets should be worn to help prevent a traumatic brain injury. In fact, studies have shown that when certain states have implemented a statewide motorcycle helmet law, that TBI-related injuries decreased as much as 34%. Although, a helmet cannot save everyone from the harsh realities of a brain injury, it may help diminish the chances of sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury by at least limiting objects from penetrating the head and skull, as well as damaging the soft tissues of the brain.
A TBI is damage to the brain that can be caused by a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck wreck, or even a bicycle accident, among other things. A TBI can leave a victim with a lifetime of physical and emotional pain as well as other life-changing disabilities including:
*Changes in social behavior
*Difficulties processing or concentrating
*Trouble with vision and dizziness and headaches
*Loss of balance
*Loss of memory
*Loss of sensation
A victim will more than likely need a lifetime of therapy and medical services. A TBI can also lead to a financial burden from all the mounting medical bills coupled with time away from work or losing a job due to the severe injuries suffered.
While there are different levels of traumatic brain injuries such as minor head injuries, skull fractures, severe brain injuries and even fatalities due to a TBI, one thing is for certain – not only does the victim suffer but the family of the victim endures harsh realities due to the injury their loved one suffered.
Life-long financial costs for a TBI victim can reach into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars due to medical bills, insurance costs, rehabilitation, physical therapy, vocational rehabilitation, and even home modifications that may be necessary. Because the brain cannot heal itself as other organs do, lifelong treatment will most likely be necessary.
If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury due to a motorcycle accident in Florida, you may have legal rights and be entitled to financial compensation. Call to speak with a Florida personal injury lawyer at 866-943-5766 today.