Sometimes a crash on a motorcycle could result in only a minor inconvenience. Other times, these spills lead to serious head injuries. Brain injuries, such as traumatic and mild traumatic brain injuries that resulted from a motorcycle accident, are a life altering consideration. In a flash, riders can be thrown from their bikes by another motor car head on into a fixed object. These smash ups can quickly bankrupt a victim, just due to the emergency treatment and continuing future medical bills. This could be a permanent, unfortunate situation, for which a victim will need substantial sums of money to pay for everything. Ensuring your legal rights are protected, is the first step in obtaining a reasonable recovery from the individual(s) or company(ies) that caused or contributed to your malaise. Contacting Ehline Law Firm PC will gain you access to expert members of State Bar, who are highly trained ambassadors of the afflicted. Call our talented legal team toll free at 888-400-9721.
Most motorcyclists are well familiar with the emphasis that is placed on safety of the head, neck, and spinal column, centering often on helmet-use and the benefits of properly rated and fitted head protection. In California, helmet usage is a requirement for both the driver and passenger of a motorcycle. Indeed, the use of a helmet reduces head, neck, and spine injuries dramatically in any state that enacts helmet laws; however, they don’t completely prevent contrecoup injury to the very sensitive and vital tissues of the brain. Biker spill injuries can often only involve a mild concussion. However, a serious blow to the head such as falling head first, into a curb, can often lead to loss of memory, schizophrenia, severe communication troubles, inability to focus, unconsciousness, or even an untimely death.
Getting Prompt Medical Care
Because of the danger of injuries to the head, if you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is absolutely necessary that prompt and complete medical assessment and treatment start immediately. This goes for those people who think that they are ‘ok’.
If you were harmed in a motorcycle accident, even if you had special boots, were wearing body armor and helmet, and exhibit no visual signs of trauma, onset of a traumatic brain injury it still possible.
While your health is supposed to be their priority, don’t depend strictly on the understaffed medical facilities and overworked emergency medical workers to make absolutely certain that you are receiving all of the necessary tests; make sure that you are informed, and have the protection you need from a qualified personal injury attorney. Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm PC has many years of experience with motorcycle accidents, with millions of dollars in compensation having been issued to his clients. He can help advise you on getting all of the proper tests and continued medical attention.
In the meantime, it is important that every motorcycle driver be forearmed with information about head injuries, particularly closed-head injuries, their symptoms and importance.
Closed head injuries are a type of brain injury resulting from trauma where the skull and the interior lining (the dura mater) are intact within the skull. Injuries can include pooling of blood around the brain (hematoma), increased pressure on the brain, bruising to brain tissue, or even permanent damage to the brain due to the inability of the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) to regenerate dead or damaged cells.
Mild or serious closed-head injuries can include any or all of the following symptoms:
- Inability to Solve Problems
- Slurred speech
The following are symptoms of more obviously serious closed-head injuries, but the absence of these symptoms do NOT indicate the absence of serious or even life-threatening injury:
- Loss of consciousness
Any of these symptoms indicates that the victim needs to contact both their physician and a qualified brain injury lawyer to assist them in receiving all the tests necessary to insure that their health is not permanently compromised.
Closed-head injuries; what impact do they have?
Closed-head injuries can result in lifelong problems, including cognitive, physical, or even mental impairment. Even with careful treatment, these injuries can result in permanent damage or even death. Unfortunately, symptoms may not necessarily be apparent at the time of the accident, even to experienced medical personnel.
Even if an MRI or other imaging scan is interpreted as negative, continued testing, evaluation, and treatment is vital. A qualified and experienced personal injury attorney can be instrumental in making sure that the medical staff is doing all that they can to detect and treat any possible injuries to the neurological system.
The damages award will be computed inter alia, upon lost future earnings, or earning potential. Any entitlements a victim would otherwise have received, such as future retirement, health insurance benefits, etc., are properly part of the overall calculation. Another damages component that must be determined, is pain and suffering. This is part of your non-financial, or general damages. Calculating a number requires a talented master.
Including the special damages like medical payments, punitive damages could be also be available to the aggrieved party. The court awards these when an at-fault motorist is reckless, guilty of a crime (like a DUI driver), or grossly negligent. To prove physical and emotional damages, force of impact and causation, it is important that photos are shot of the traffic collision scene. Of other significance, is documentation of witness info. When you are ill or confined, this can be an impossible task to obtain.
That is when you call the masters of disasters at Ehline Law. Michael Ehline, Esq., has extensive experience assisting the victims of motorcycle accidents in the process of ensuring that their very important medical needs, and resulting financial responsibilities, are met as fully as possible. When you or your loved one’s life is in others’ hands, due to brain injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident, make sure that there is someone there who will do everything possible to help heal and restore the victim. Call Ehline Law for a no obligation, free legal consultation at 888-400-9721.