Winning Compensation for Head Injuries in Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents
Janesville TBI lawyer for motorcycle crash victims
Head injuries are the most common type of injury after a motorcycle accident. Brain injuries are a leading cause of motorcycle accident-related deaths.
Even if you were wearing a helmet, a head injury from a motorcycle crash can have devastating and long-term consequences.
Compared to car accident victims who suffer head injuries in a crash, motorcycle riders have an elevated risk of severe head and brain injuries in any type of accident due to the lack of barriers between bikers and the road.
Personal injury attorney Steve Caya is Wiconsin’s trusted lawyer for motorcycle head and brain injury victims. A rider and accident survivor himself, he helps injured motorcyclists and their families win the compensation they deserve.
Types of head injuries from motorcycle accidents
It’s important to seek immediate medical attention if you even suspect you may have a head or brain injury after a motorcycle crash, for the sake of your own well-being and to improve your chances of recovering damages through a personal injury claim.
There are several types of head and brain injuries you can experience in a motorcycle accident:
Hemorrhage is bleeding in the brain. Different types are defined by which part of the brain is bleeding.
A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding between the membranes surrounding the brain. An epidural hemorrhage is bleeding between the skull and the outer covering of the brain (dura). A subdural hemorrhage is bleeding between the dura and the brain itself.
Hematoma is sometimes used interchangeably with hemorrhage but usually describes a blood clot instead of active bleeding.
Concussion is a very common injury after a motorcycle accident, and is classified as a traumatic brain injury. A concussion is caused by a blow or jolt to the head, which causes the brain to slam around inside the skull. A concussion can damage brain cells and even create chemical changes in the brain.
Contusion is a brain bruise on a specific part of the brain after an impact. A contusion can occur where the head was struck or on the opposite side where the brain struck the inside of the skull.
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is when neurons (nerve cells) and axons (the connections between neurons) are torn and damaged at the cellular level. This interrupts the way your brain transmits information and can affect wakefulness.
Skull fracture is exactly what it sounds like, and has varying degrees of severity. An open skull fracture means the skin over the skull is broken, either from a wound or from the broken skull piercing through the skin. A closed skull fracture is when the skull breaks but the skin does not. Skull fractures can also be linear, comminuted (creating three or more pieces of bone), or incomplete. All skull fractures are serious injuries and require immediate medical attention.
Edema (brain swelling) is called a secondary brain injury because it’s the body’s response in attempting to heal initial brain injury. Inflammation draws additional fluid and nutrients to the injured area, which is problematic in head injuries because the skull limits available space. Brain swelling leads to increased pressure in the head and can injure other parts of the brain as a result.
Wearing a helmet when riding is considered the most important thing bikers can do to prevent severe head and brain injuries in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle head injuries without a helmet are much more likely to cause devastating and permanent consequences to your physical, mental and emotional health.
If you or someone you love has experienced one of the above head injuries, or any other injury due to someone else’s negligence in a motorcycle crash, call Steve Caya immediately for a free consultation.
Symptoms of brain bleed & other traumatic brain injury
After hitting your head in a motorcycle crash, bleeding on the brain can cause several different symptoms, the mildest of which include:
- Losing consciousness
- Feeling dazed or disoriented
- Headache, nausea and/or vomiting
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sleeping too much
- Feeling fatigued or drowsy
- Dilated pupils (one or both)
- Blurred vision
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Overly sensitive to light and/or sound
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes in your ability to smell or taste, having a bad taste in your mouth
- Inability to concentrate or remember things
- Depression, anxiety and/or mood swings
Any type of head injury from a motorcycle crash requires professional medical diagnosis and care.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms, and some of them might not show up until hours or days after the accident.
Motorcycle heady injury symptoms days later
Signs of a concussion or other brain injury may be subtle or might not be apparent right after the accident.
Not only is it possible for head injury symptoms to appear hours or days after the injury happened, the symptoms can last for weeks and possibly longer.
Treatment for traumatic brain injuries including rehabilitation and physical therapy can go on for several months or years. In serious cases the accident victim may never regain their full health.
Why motorcycle accident victims with head or brain injury must call a personal injury attorney
After seeking medical attention for a head injury caused by a motorcycle accident, and before you sign anything offered by an insurance carrier, contact personal injury attorney Steve Caya.
The extent of your injury and cost of becoming whole again may not be clear in the immediate aftermath. Steve Caya law firm will immediately begin gathering evidence and handling the complexities of your case, allowing you to focus on healing.
Those opposing your case won’t waste a minute before calculating ways to minimize the compensation you’re owed. Protect yourself during this vulnerable time by calling Steve Caya today.