Common injuries after a bicycle accident can include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs), fractures, and road rash, as riders aren’t protected by vehicles that help absorb some of the impact. Bicycles can be dangerous to ride when sharing the road with vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 854 bicyclists passed away in motor vehicle accidents in 2018. Most of these accident victims suffered serious injuries to the head.
After an individual has been involved in a bicycle accident in Dublin, OH, they should consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer to find out if their injuries entitle them to recover compensation. A victim might need ongoing medical care, help at home, and a way to afford their daily expenses if they cannot work.
For a more in-depth explanation, read on below as we address this and much more.
Types of Injuries You May be Entitled to Recover Compensation for After a Bicycle Accident
As mentioned, some of the injuries a bicyclist suffers after an accident (especially one that involves a motor vehicle) are serious and may entitle them to recover compensation.
If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, you may be dealing with the following impairments:
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TBIs are sustained when a person experiences a blow to the head. Although these types of injuries range in severity, all TBIs are serious, as they disrupt the normal function of the brain (American Association of Neurological Surgeons [AANS]).
Some of the symptoms that are associated with a TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Neurological deficits, including muscle weakness and a change in speech
- Slow thinking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Body numbness or tingling
Generally, the more serious a person’s TBI is, the more severe their symptoms are. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI as a result of a bicycle accident (and your life has been impacted by it in more ways than one), you should consider legal help.
SCIs are sustained when a person experiences a “sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae,” according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). NINDS also says damage usually begins right when the injury is sustained, as this is when “displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue.” SCIs are usually classified as either complete or incomplete.
An injury victim may still have some motor or sensory function below the injury site with an incomplete SCI. A complete SCI affects all motor and sensory function, however. Both complete and incomplete SCIs can make life extremely difficult and frustrating. If you suffered an SCI, you should speak with a lawyer to find out if any parties can be held liable for compensating you.
Your losses might include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Fractures often require surgery and can take a significant amount of time to heal, depending on how serious they are. Unfortunately, some individuals who suffer a fracture aren’t able to engage in the activities they once enjoyed—or are left suffering from chronic pain as a result of the bone break.
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This happens when a bicyclist’s skin makes contact with the pavement. While some road rash injuries do heal, others result in severe scarring.
If you suffered any of the above injuries in a bicycle accident in Dublin, OH, (or your injury is not listed above), not only should you ensure you are properly tending to your injury, but you should also consider speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact Bressman Law if You or a Loved One Was Injured in a Bicycle Accident
If you are looking to find a law firm in Dublin, OH, that can describe what common injuries after a bicycle accident are, you should consider contacting Bressman Law at (877) 538-1116.
For more than 30 years, we have served personal injury clients, including bicycle accident victims. If you or a relative was injured in a bicycle accident, our firm would be happy to provide you with a case review that will address the following:
- Who may be liable for your accident
- Whether you are entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffered
- What forms of action would be best to take to help you recover the compensation you deserve
If you are ready to get your legal questions and concerns answered, contact us now.