Five Common Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Motorcycle riders have almost no protection from oncoming cars and trucks. As a result, the injuries these riders sustain are about thirty-five times worse than the injuries sustained by four-wheel vehicle occupants. Some of the more common motorcycle crash injuries in Ohio are outlined below.
All these injuries are difficult and expensive to treat. A Columbus motorcycle accident lawyer provides vital assistance in both areas. Usually, attorneys connect crash victims with doctors who charge nothing upfront for their professional services. As a result, victims get the treatment they need, as opposed to the treatment they can afford at the time. Additionally, an attorney works hard to obtain compensation for these medical bills in court.
Even if victims are wearing protective headgear, they usually sustain serious head injuries. Helmets don’t cover the cervical spine, one of the most important parts of the central nervous system.
Additionally, the motion of a motorcycle crash often causes a head injury. When victims fall off their bikes and land hard, their brains slam violently against the insides of their skulls. That motion and impact usually causes brain bleeding and swelling.
Medical treatment is difficult and expensive. Brain surgery isn’t easy or cheap. Then, brain injury physical therapists must often slowly train uninjured areas of the brain to assume lost functions. That’s why most of these victims must learn to walk and talk again.
The same force that causes serious head injuries usually causes serious broken bones which, in many cases, are permanent injuries.
Usually, doctors must use metal screws, plates, pins, and other parts to surgically reconstruct crash-related broken bones. This aggressive treatment usually requires multiple surgical procedures.
Aggressive treatment on the front end requires more extensive physical therapy on the back end. Even after therapy ends, these crash victims often must deal with lingering injuries, such as loss of range of motion in a previously broken knee. Additionally, these lingering injuries make reinjury more likely in the future.
Continuing a familiar theme, the force of a motorcycle wreck causes abrasions on internal organs. These abrasions often cause severe bleeding. This bleeding is difficult to spot and even more difficult to stop.
These serious surface abrasions generally aren’t life-threatening or even serious. However, only time heals these wounds. Until they heal, these injuries are extremely painful and almost totally debilitating. Additionally, road burns often become infected.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects about half of all vehicle collision victims, including motorcycle crash victims.
PTSD symptoms include hypervigilance, flashbacks, nightmares, and depression. These symptoms make it very difficult to function at work, school, or anywhere else. Frequently, PTSD victims self-medicate with alcohol and drugs, which makes this injury even worse.
A Columbus personal injury attorney can obtain financial compensation for these physical and emotional injuries in court. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
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Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Columbus, contact the Oliver Law Office. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.