Motorcycle accidents often have devastating consequences no matter what type of other vehicles was involved and the cause of the collision. Despite the increased use of protective motorcycle gear many accident victims still suffer from serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as an intracranial injury, occurs when an external force injuries the brain. TBI can be classified based on if it is mild to severe, if it was a closed or penetrating injury and even the location of the injury in the brain. According to the Center for Disease Control, on average, more than 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year.
In Connecticut a reported 1,586 motorcycle accidents occurred in 2008 with more than 1190 resulting serious injuries. Additionally, the majority of persons injured suffering incapacitating and non-incapacitating injuries no matter if they were wearing a helmet or not.
In Connecticut, only riders under the age of 17 are legally required to wear a helmet, thus some riders opt to not wear a helmet and risk suffering a traumatic brain injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries are a commonly missed motorcycle accident injury as the injury is not one that can clearly be seen with the naked eye. Unless the TBI was a penetrating injury some may even dismiss it as a concussion or a headache. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident is important to seek medical assistance in order to determine if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Some common signs of mild TBI include:
- Difficulties Remembering Things
- Loss of Concentration
- Dizziness/Loss of Balance
- Loss of Consciousness (seconds to minutes)
- Mood Changes
- Sensitivity to Light or Sound
- Mood Changes
- Feeling Depressed or Anxious
- Fatigue, Sleeping More than Usual
Along with the symptoms of a mild TBI, those who have suffered a severe brain injury could experience:
- Loss of Consciousness (minutes to hours)
- Slurred Speech
- Profound Confusion
- Loss of Coordination
- Repeated Vomiting and Nausea
- Inability to Be Awakened from Sleep
- Dilated Pupils
- Clear Fluid Draining from Ears
Symptoms can begin within the first few hours of the injury but may also take several days to appear. The quicker an injury is diagnosed the quicker treatment may begin.
These serious injuries could disrupt an individual’s entire life including their ability to work, drive, and d everyday tasks.
Treatment for a traumatic brain injury can vary on whether a person sustained a mild or severe injury, as well as if this is their first brain injury or not. A mild TBI may be treated with pain medication and rest however the victim must be monitored closely for any worsening symptoms.
When an individual suffers a serious traumatic brain injury requires emergency attention to ensure that enough oxygen and blood supply is getting to the brain and to prevent any further injury from happening to the brain.
Some treatments a person with a severe TBI may endure include:
- Surgery– removing hematomas or repairing skull fractures
- Medication– anti-seizure medication, diuretics to reduce the pressure inside the brain
- Rehabilitation– physical therapy, speech and language pathology, recreational therapy, psychiatric assistance
When a person suffers from a serious brain injury the length of treatment can vary and could last a few months to a few years.
Contact our New Haven Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to a careless driver, our attorneys are prepared to help to fight for your right to fair and just compensation. We understand how debilitating such an injury can be and how it can affect not only the victim but also their family.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers we are providing comprehensive legal counsel to all those who have been injured due another’s carelessness. With more than 140 years of combined legal service we have are proud to represent clients in throughout Connecticut, including the following areas:
…and many more local towns and cities. To discover how we may be able to help you with your motorcycle accident claim, contact us at 1-800-PERKINS (1-800- 737-5467). You’re first case consultation is completely free of charge.
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