Concussions after a motorcycle accident
We can only imagine what the morning was like when you decided to go ride your motorcycle around the Green Mountains of Vermont or the Adirondack Mountains in the North Country. Maybe the sun is peeking over the horizon and you finish up your cup of coffee as you think about your route. You put on your protective clothing and helmet and head out for a relaxing ride.
It doesn’t matter what caused your car crash- a rear-end collision, or a poorly maintained road- traumatic brain injury or a concussions after a Motorcycle Accident are almost to be expected. As a motorcycle driver, you are fully exposed to the elements. It doesn’t matter the speed- if you are tossed from the motorcycle, you are lucky if you only have a concussion as many people lose their lives.
Getting treatment for your brain injury
After a motorcycle crash, it is likely that you are transported to the hospital by ambulance. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, ambulance rides alone can range from $224 to $2,204 per transport. Thankfully your helmet probably prevented brain fractures and skin abrasions. However, no matter how good a helmet is, it cannot prevent a concussion or traumatic brain injury from happening. After a motorcycle crash, you may lose consciousness and wake up at the scene, or at the hospital.
Here are some of the possible medical treatments that can be expected from concussions after a motorcycle accident:
- 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
Common Impact of Serious Traumatic Brain Injury
Many people do not realize how debilitating a concussion or traumatic brain injury can be. Some symptoms are temporary and last a few months, others may last a lifetime.
After a serious TBI many people experience:
- A temporary or permanent loss of short or long term memory
- Difficulty looking at screens or bright lights
- Painful headaches and migraines
It is important after a concussion to follow your doctor’s treatment plan closely. It may require you to get plenty of sleep and avoid any brain-stimulating activities until you recover. Some never recover though, and that is when you need to look at filing a personal injury claim.
While broken bones and burns the skin may heal a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact the rest of your life. You may just want to settle with the insurance company as soon as possible. While it can be tempting to just get the money quickly and try to move on in your life- you’re not protecting your future.
Many concussion and TBI victims need treatment for the rest of their lives. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and trips to the neurologist are now regular parts of your life. You may need to hire a home health aid or someone to help you get through the day. You must consider how you will pay for the lifetime impact of concussions after a motorcycle accident. It isn’t about paying the bills you’ve already accrued- you also need to think about the bills that may come up in the future.
Sadly, it is often your own insurance company that is fighting your claim. They are probably telling you that your injuries don’t warrant very much money. Insurance companies often minimize, delay, and deny claims so they can earn interest on your money as long as possible.
You may think you can fight the insurance company alone, but remember this is the work they do every. single. day. That is why you need to call Vermont and New York motorcycle accident lawyer, Drew Palcsik today.