There are three main catastrophic injuries caused by motorcycle accidents.
These are the:
- Brain Injury,
- Spine Injury; and,
- Bone fracture.
First and foremost, the brain acts as the nerve center for the whole body. In any case, helmets do little to prevent many types of brain damage. Typically, when a rider is tossed back and forth like a rag doll, the brain bangs around inside the cranium. So this can result in serious, permanent, detrimental residuals.
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The Catastrophic Brain Injury.
The foremost on the list of bad head wounds are the traumatic (TBI), and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Penetrating head wounds are also unavoidable but are often mitigated and stopped by a fitting motorcycle helmet and eye protection.
Helmets are good at preventing or lessening skull fractures. By and large, helmets help to avoid road rash on the head. And they contribute to avoiding lost skin and hair. Helmets allow the head to remain in the fiberglass, D.O.T. approved cocoon. But some of the harmful effects of TBI and MTBI have various symptoms.
But typically sufferers experience:
- Lack of focus.
- Lack of long and short term memory.
- Slurred speech.
- Loss of reading comprehension.
- Permanent pain or inability to perceive pain.
- Fits of rage.
- Fits of depression.
- Fidgeting and nervousness.
Although helmets can afford some protection against skull fractures, and brain protrusion, not much is given. First and foremost, spine injuries and broken bones go hand in hand with cycling mishaps. Second, launching from a bike means you're going to be propelled into the pavement, or some object.
As this is happening, the body becomes contorted as it flails around. So you can see how a person could get tore up. (Read more here about motorcycle brain injuries.). As a result, no amount of riding gear can stop the bones from breaking, or the spine from twisting.
Spinal Cord Catastrophic Injuries.
By and large, the next on our list of catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries is the spine injury. (Motorcycle specific spine injury discussed in detail here
.). Presently these cases range from simple whiplash to serious spinal cord injuries
Typically the mechanism of injury involves a twisting, or hard impact to the discs, or connective tissue. Nerves get pinched off, severed or crushed. No doubt, this can spell curtains for a healthy life.
Moreover, symptoms can range from numbness to persistent pain, to total and extreme immobilization. In any case, these injuries are called tetraplegia, or quadriplegia. But when only legs become paralyzed, you have the medical condition known as paraplegia.
Loss of Bodily Functions.
Both types of conditions can mean the total or partial loss of bowel control, incontinence, etc. Although experiments with cell regeneration currently remain ongoing, no known treatment for paralysis exists.
However, disc replacement surgery has prevented pinched nerves from being severed. But this is a precarious treatment and still experimental in some cases.
If your lucky, your spine is safe, and you merely suffered, scrapes, or bruising. More likely is that your will have broken something. This is called a fracture. Fractures (discussed in detail here
), are another serious injury that often results from a spill on a motorcycle.
When a rider gets thrown from a bike, broken bones come with the territory. A fracture could be one where the cracked bone penetrates the skin. Or it could be snapped but inside the skin. Regrettably, either type of break can be medically severe and require surgery.
Of course, patients will need long-term physical therapy, along with titanium screws to hold it all together. Presumably, a cast, sling, crutches, and convalescence would be required. Even then a full recovery remains guarded.
All too often, traffic collisions involving motorcycles, culminate in catastrophically injured cyclists. Sometimes the rider plays a role in bringing about the calamity. Still other times, it is wholly the fault of a negligent driver or road repairer.
All things considered, only the victims and families truly understand the devastation. Afterward, knowing who to call for legal help in this darkest hour is as important as the surgeon for your brain injury. In fact, a lawyer can reset your broken case like a doctor can a bone.
Finally, when death is involved, dealing with the send-off, and mourning drains you. And it makes it almost impossible to handle a potential lawsuit. Let alone, who do you deal with the insurance company/defendants?
Ambassadors of the Injured Are Here To Help Motorcyclists.
Hark, do not despair. The expertly trained team of motorcycle lawyers at Ehline Law Firm
are riders. First and foremost, we are the ambassadors of the injured.
From here on, if a devastated survivor or heir of a deceased rider employs us, we go the extra mile. Accordingly, we work to achieve remarkable, windfall like settlements or verdicts.
In any case, seeking and getting justice is the end game. In addition, you deserve a motorcycle lawyer who doesn’t treat you like a file. You need lawyers who will treat you like a friend. In any case, that's exactly who we are and what we do.
If you would like a no risk and free legal consultation from an attorney who rides, call us right away. Don’t sleep on your rights, no matter how sad or depressed you are. Just like you are there for your loved ones in this hour of need, Ehline Law Firm is here to serve you. Call now at (213) 596-9642.