While many assume a concussion to be a minor injury, a concussion is actually a type of traumatic brain injury that can have short- and long-term repercussions. Concussions may result from a blow to the head, such as when a motorcyclist falls off the bike during an accident.
Below is an overview of concussion symptoms, treatments, and legal options motorcyclists have to recover compensation for their damages.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a disruption in the normal function in the brain as a result of trauma to the head. Sometimes, the effects of a concussion are immediate; other times, symptoms may not be noticeable for a few days following the accident.
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Symptoms of a Concussion
Symptoms can range in severity and may differ from one injured person to the next. Below are some of the symptoms that injured riders might experience if they suffer a concussion.
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Weakness, numbness, and decreased coordination
- Trouble sleeping
When a concussion is severe, the symptoms may be more extreme and may also include uneven pupil sizes. Always seek medical attention after a motorcycle accident and inform your doctor of any symptoms you experience.
Treatment for a Concussion
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the standard treatment for a concussion is simply to rest. The Mayo Clinic that in some cases rest will extend to refraining from physical activities for days at a time, and limiting the amount of mental stimulation the brain receives (TV, games, books, etc.). If the concussion is severe, more serious treatment may be necessary.
Some signs of a severe brain injury include these.
- Motor function disruption
- Sensory changes
- Cognitive problems
- Difficulty with speech
While the majority of concussions will heal on their own with rest, others might lead to long-term complications regarding sensory, emotional, motor, and cognitive abilities. Talk to your doctor about your injury in particular and its prognosis.
Options for Injured Motorcyclists
If you suffered a concussion and complications in a motorcycle accident, you have options to recover damages. You can file a claim with your own insurance company if you have appropriate coverage like medical benefits, but as Ohio is a fault-based insurance state, the at-fault party is primarily liable for your damages. Thus, you can file a liability claim against the at-fault driver. If the insurance company fails to produce an acceptable settlement, you can file a lawsuit.
If your injuries are serious and you suffered significant damages, get help from an attorney. Your attorney will help you not only explore your options, but can help address any defenses the at-fault driver might use, like that your failure to wear a helmet caused or contribute to your injury.
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Time is Running Out: Take Action Now
Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 limits the time you have to file a personal injury claim to two years following your accident. To get started, call Bressman Law as soon as possible. Reach our team now at (614) 538-1116 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation.