Traumatic Brain Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 22 percent of nonfatal motorcycle accident injuries are to the head and neck, often resulting in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Motorcycle accidents often involve an ejected rider striking another vehicle or the street. Even with a helmet, these accidents can lead to serious head and brain injuries.
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we provide injured motorcyclists with dedicated, one-on-one legal representation. If you or your loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle collision caused by a motorist’s negligence, we can help. Attorney Scott J. Corwin has more than 30 years of experience representing motorcycle accident victims and will help you every step of the way.
Scott J. Corwin is one of the top motorcycle accident lawyers in Los Angeles. He has been selected for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® list every year from 2007 to the present and is a member of the exclusive Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum. In his years in practice, he has recovered more than $125 million in compensation for 3,000+ clients—and he is ready to fight for you.
What Are the Most Common Brain Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents?
Even when they wear approved motorcycle helmets, bikers are at risk of suffering severe head and brain injuries when they are involved in accidents with bigger, heavier vehicles. Even a relatively minor brain injury like a concussion can have serious and long-lasting effects.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident-related brain injuries include:
- Concussions: Occur when your head is subjected to significant force, causing damage to the brain. Although concussions may be classified as mild, moderate, or severe brain injuries, they are always very serious and can have a lasting impact. This is especially true when an individual has sustained multiple concussions.
- Contusions: A brain contusion is a bruise that forms on the brain, leading to bleeding and swelling around the area of impact. Brain contusions typically accompany other head and/or brain injuries, such as concussions, coup-contrecoup injuries, or skull fractures. Although most brain contusions will heal on their own, some must be removed surgically.
- Coup-Contrecoup: Occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to hit the opposing inside of the skull. This results in two injury points: one where the initial impact occurred and one where the brain slammed against the inside of the skull bone. This can lead to significant and even permanent damage.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: A DAI occurs when the tiny connective nerve fibers in the brain are torn (known as “shearing”) as the brain moves or rotates violently within the skull. DAI is considered a severe brain injury and often leads to coma, as well as significant brain damage. In some cases, DAIs can be fatal.
- Penetrating Injuries: A type of open-head injury in which a foreign object, such as vehicle debris, penetrates the bony exterior of the head, fracturing the skull and entering or piercing the brain. These types of brain injuries are typically catastrophic and frequently lead to hemorrhaging, coma, and death.
- Skull Fractures: Occur when the skull itself cracks or breaks. While this is a serious injury in itself, it can also lead to devastating brain damage, particularly when pieces of broken skull penetrate the point of injury and enter the brain. While some skull fractures are relatively minor (e.g., a hairline fracture), they are always considered medical emergencies.
All brain injuries are considered serious. If you suspect that you or someone else may have sustained a brain injury in a motorcycle accident, seek immediate medical attention.
Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI is trauma-induced physiological disruption of brain function. TBIs can either be caused by a direct impact to the head or by a temporary displacement of the brain within the skull, usually as a result of a sharp back-and-forth motion of the head—a common occurrence in motorcycle accidents.
Those who have suffered a TBI often exhibit at least one of the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness, even briefly
- Amnesia or loss of memory of events immediately before or after the accident
- Vomiting, dizziness, or nausea
- Unusual irritability, nervousness, or fatigue
- Forgetfulness or memory problems
- Blurred vision
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Alteration in mental state at the time of the accident, such as feeling dazed, disoriented, or confused
These and other symptoms indicate that a person has suffered a head or brain injury. If you notice any of these signs, either in yourself or someone else, do not hesitate to contact a medical professional who can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some TBIs resulting from motorcycle accidents can be more subtle in nature. These moderate traumatic brain injuries may cause minor manifestations of the symptoms listed above, making them difficult to diagnose. Appropriate neurological examination and neuropsychiatric testing are necessary to properly evaluate and treat such injuries and to provide for rehabilitation. If left untreated, they can result in significant, long-term disability for the victim.
What Are the Effects of TBIs?
TBIs often result in debilitating, long-term disabilities, which can be permanent. These injuries can interfere with a person’s ability to engage in routine activities of daily living. Tasks as simple as getting dressed, bathing, washing, and eating can be impaired. Additionally, people who have sustained a brain injury are often unable to think coherently. In short, major TBIs can change a fully independent person to a completely dependent victim who may require full-time or even round-the-clock care.
On top of this, victims and their loved ones are likely to experience significant financial hardships. The cost of treating a TBI can easily exceed tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout the victim’s lifetime. In many cases, the full cost of a TBI—in terms of medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses—reaches millions of dollars.
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we recognize the importance of obtaining justice and the full, fair recovery you are owed so that you can manage unexpected physical, emotional, and financial hardships resulting from your injury. While we strive to settle our clients’ cases quickly, our Los Angeles motorcycle accident brain injury lawyer is prepared to aggressively represent you at trial if necessary.
Experienced Assistance with Brain Injury Cases
Our founding attorney, Scott J. Corwin, has been named among the Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He also engages medical professionals and top trial experts to help secure maximum compensation for his clients.
With more than 30 years of experience handling major and moderate traumatic brain injury motorcycle cases, Scott J. Corwin has the experience and skill to help his clients fight for fair compensation. His goal is to recover the maximum compensation his clients require to cover the expense of their long-term medical needs in addition to damages for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and interference with their activities of daily living.
To learn more about how Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation can help you pursue compensation in a head injury or brain injury case resulting from a motorcycle crash, schedule a free initial consultation with our Los Angeles motorcycle accident brain injury attorney.
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