Brain Injuries Due to Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Houston can cause numerous injuries for the motorcycle rider. Injury to the brain is a common motorcycle accident injury. Helmeted motorcyclists can reduce their risk of brain injuries, but wearing a helmet does not prevent all head injuries.
A head injury can lead to long-term impairments and disabilities. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to compensation. At Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C., our legal team works to get you the money you need as you recover from brain injuries caused by motorcycle accidents.
How Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With a Brain Injury Claim After a Motorcycle Accident
Our lawyers have over 45 years of legal experience. We handle all types of motorcycle accident claims, including cases involving brain injuries.
Accident victims who sustain brain injuries may require long-term nursing care or personal care. We work with expert witnesses to assess your damages to maximize the chance you receive full compensation for past and future damages.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Assist you in locating medical experts and other professionals who specialize in brain injuries
- Investigate the cause of your motorcycle accident to determine who is liable for your damages
- File insurance claims and handle all matters related to your personal injury claim
- Calculate the value of your damages and negotiate for that amount
- File a lawsuit and advocate for you in court if the other party refuses to negotiate a fair settlement offer
When a brain injury occurs because of a motorcycle accident, you need skilled legal representation. Call our office now to talk with a Houston personal injury lawyer about your case. It does not cost you anything to talk with a lawyer for an initial consultation.
Do Motorcycle Helmets Save A Life?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing the correct motorcycle helmet can mean the difference between life and death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that motorcycle helmet use saved 1,859 lives in 2016. Another 802 lives could have been saved had the riders been wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle crash. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death from a crash by 37 percent and reduces the risk of a head injury by 69 percent.
Texas law requires that all motorcycle riders under the age of 21 years wear a motorcycle helmet. However, riders over the age of 21 years may choose not to wear a helmet if they meet the helmet exemption requirements.
Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Head injuries are common motorcycle accident injuries. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have long-term negative consequences for the accident victim. Some accident victims may experience:
- Permanent memory loss
- Cognitive impairments
- Emotional and behavioral changes
- Physical impairments
- Paralysis or loss of sensation
- Hearing or vision loss
- Loss of bodily functions
- Permanent damage to the blood vessels
The consequences of a TBI depend on the severity and location of the brain injury. Physical, occupational, vocational, and emotional therapies may restore some of the lost functions. However, the person may never recover fully from a brain injury.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident
The symptoms of a brain injury may vary. However, common brain injury symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
- Problems with attention, memory, thinking, or concentration
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Loss of coordination
- Numbness or weakness in arms or legs
It is in your best interest to see a doctor after a motorcycle accident. The signs of a brain injury may be difficult to detect without a physical examination and diagnostic tests. The longer it takes to receive treatment for a brain injury, the greater the chance of dying or suffering permanent disabilities.
Seeking Compensation for Brain Injuries After a Motorcycle Crash
If another person was responsible for causing the motorcycle crash, you could recover compensation for your damages. If you have sustained a severe brain injury, recovering compensation for damages can help pay for essential medical care and personal care.
The types of damages available include compensation for:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Therapy costs
- Long-term nursing care or personal care
- Disabilities and impairments
- Loss of income, including wages, benefits, and other forms of income
- Decrease in future earning potential
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life and decreased quality of life
The value of your brain injury claim depends on the severity of your injury and other factors. However, you can increase the chance of recovering maximum compensation by consulting with a Houston brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after a motorcycle crash.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Brain Injury Lawyers
We understand that you have experienced a traumatic event. Our legal team wants to make the personal injury claims process as stress-free for you as possible. That is why we do all of the work on your claim while you focus on your health and recovery.
We look forward to discussing your case with you. Call us now for your free appointment with a motorcycle accident attorney in Houston, Texas.