A Concussion After a Bike Accident is Very Common
Honestly, concussions are one of the most common injuries after an accident. You can get concussions after a bike accident, car crash, and motorcycle collision. A concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can drastically change your life.
For some, the concussion symptoms go away within a few weeks or months. Other people may experience symptoms for years- or the rest of their lives. Those who experience debilitating TBI may no longer be able to work and may lose independence because of their mental limitations.
Treatment For Traumatic Brain Injuries And Concussions
Depending on the severity of your concussion- you may not notice it right away. Some symptoms are masked because of the rush of adrenaline, and they don’t realize they have a concussion after a bike accident.
Other people will lose consciousness at the scene of the crash and wake up later with the diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury. You may have slurred speech, pain when exposed to light and sound and a long, slow road to recovery ahead of you.
A person who has a concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury will typically need the following care:
- Intensive Care Unit treatment
- Long and short term rehab programs
- Primary Care Physician visits
- Specialist visits
- Diagnostic testing (MRI, CT scan)
- Physical therapy
- Speech-language pathologist
- Occupational therapist
- Mental health counseling
Because the road to the best recovery outcome is likely a long one- you will have a lot of medical bills. Some people are fortunate enough to have an insurance company that will pay their bills. Others have to take the insurance company to court. If you file a personal injury suit, you will need to prove the other person was careless, that you have medical proof of injury, and can show how the injury has impacted your life.
Can I Get Money From a Concussion After a Bike Accident?
As we noted in the previous paragraph, you need to prove the other person was negligent, that you have medical proof and that based on your injuries- insurance companies should pay for the economic and non-economic loss.
Often, in traumatic brain injury cases, much of your damages are what is considered a non-economic loss. An economic loss is generally easy to calculate. You add your medical bills, lost wages, and a projection potential future wages if you can no longer work due to disability.
A non-economic loss is more complicated to calculate because there is no bill attached. You reimburse someone for their lifetime loss of short term memory. A court can calculate the lifetime cost of bus fare when you can no longer drive- but what about the loss of independence?
We help clients in Vermont to figure out how to help you get back to your life before the concussion after a bike accident. Together you will find ways to help you live a full life again. Looking at options like a modified motor vehicle to better accommodate you, or a home health aide can all provide relief and a return to a similar quality of life.