Motorcycles lack many of the protections that a car provides, so motorcyclists are more likely to fall or be thrown from their bike when an accident occurs. Even with a helmet, if motorcycle riders strike their head during an accident, a brain injury can occur.
A brain injury can impact a person’s cognitive, physical, and behavioral functions, and its consequences may be long-lasting or permanent. When people are involved in a motorcycle accident involving brain injury, they have a right to hold the liable parties responsible for damages. Irvine, CA, attorney Sean M. Burke can help accident victims fight for the compensation they are due.
Recognizing Brain Injury Symptoms
When a motorcycle accident occurs, riders often look for signs of obvious trauma, such as cuts, contusions, or a broken limb. If motorcyclists are able to get up and walk away from an accident, they may believe that they are unharmed. However, brain injuries are common after motorcycle accidents, and they may not cause any noticeable trauma at first.
We always advise victims of motorcycle accidents to seek medical attention as soon as possible following the accident, even if they do not believe they have been injured. In addition, patients should monitor themselves for any potential brain injury symptoms, including:
- Cognitive or physical impairments
- Change in mood
A brain injury can cause bleeding, bruising, or tearing within the brain. These injuries can cause swelling. Inflammation can cause damage beyond the initial impact of the accident, so it is not uncommon for brain injury symptoms to develop hours, or even days, after an injury. It is important that accident victims see a doctor at the first sign of brain injury symptoms.
Long-term Consequences of Brain Injury
There are many different types of brain injuries. Some brain injuries are minor and heal rather quickly. However, brain injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident tend to be more severe. It can take months or years for our Irvine clients to recover from these types of brain injuries. Potential long-term consequences of a brain injury include:
- Compromised motor skills
- Trouble with balance
- Difficulty speaking
- Memory loss
- Trouble organizing or expressing thoughts
Seeking Compensation for Damages
Brain injuries have a significant impact on a person’s physical and emotional well-being. In addition, brain injuries can be financially draining. Victims of brain injuries are likely to require extensive medical care and long-term rehabilitation. Injuries may also require a person to take a prolonged leave of absence from work, or may even leave a person unable to return to work altogether.
When we are seeking financial compensation for our Irvine clients, we consider all the types of losses they have endured. Depending on the circumstances of the case, we may seek damages for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- The cost of rehabilitation and physical therapy
- The cost of psychiatric or psychological care
- The cost of any necessary medical equipment or devices
- Lost wages
- The loss of wage-earning potential
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in a brain injury, attorney Sean M. Burke can help you fight for compensation for your losses. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case, or call (949) 644-3434 to schedule a personal consultation.