Help After A Serious Head Injury From A Bike Accident
According to a study published in The American Journal of Surgery, over 50% of bicyclists suffered a traumatic brain injury following a bicycle-related accident. Although wearing a helmet can help prevent brain injury while cycling, there is still a chance that a bicycle accident can result in head trauma and other life-changing injuries, especially in the case of defective parts. If you have sustained a serious head injury from a bike accident, attorney Scott Sumner can provide strong legal representation to help you recover full compensation for medical costs, lost wages and diminished quality of life.
For more information about personal injury lawsuits, call our office in Walnut Creek, California, at 925-278-6170 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout the Oakland metro area in Contra Costa county and the Bay Area.
How To Prevent Brain Injury
In the same study, it was also reported that helmeted bicycle riders reduced their chances of traumatic brain injury by over 50%. In addition, wearing a helmet reduced facial fractures by 31%. Another set of bicycle safety statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that there were certain factors that increased the likelihood of a bicycle accident potentially resulting in brain injury, including:
- Riding during the night
- Riding in high traffic, urban areas
- Riding under the influence of alcohol
In addition to wearing a helmet, there are several precautions that you can take to protect yourself, such as wearing bright clothing and performing visual checks of your bicycle’s condition prior to every ride.
A brain injury resulting from a bike accident can have lifelong effects on your ability to work and provide for your family.
The Symptoms Of A Traumatic Brain Injury
Although you may take every precaution to reduce your risk of a bicycle accident, there is still a chance that you may be the victim of a collision. If you have been the victim of an accident, it is important to recognize the symptoms of a brain injury to receive treatment as early as possible. These include:
- Frequent, persistent headache
- Blurry vision
- Trouble concentrating
- Short- or long-term memory loss
- Dizziness or fatigue
- Trouble performing normal functions such as thinking, reading and speaking
- Loss of consciousness
Even if your accident or the associated symptoms seem minor, it is crucial to visit a doctor as soon as possible to ensure a proper diagnosis. Postponing diagnosis and treatment for brain injuries could lead to serious consequences like psychosis.
Why Hire A Lawyer Following A Bike Accident?
A brain injury resulting from a bike accident can have lifelong effects on your ability to work and provide for your family. It can also pose a significant financial burden, as victims often require ongoing medical care and home modifications. An attorney can help you recover maximum compensation for your medical expenses and even help you secure payment for future income lost as a result of your brain injury.
If you have suffered a brain injury as a result of a bicycle accident, a lawyer can help:
- File a lawsuit against the responsible party and protect your interests during a trial or settlement
- Submit the correct documentation to your insurance company
- File your claim with a government agency to receive disability benefits
Brain injury lawsuits also require complex medical examinations and evidence. With over 25 years in practice, Mr. Sumner has the resources to help you build a strong case.
Schedule A Case review
If you are a victim of a bike accident resulting in a brain injury, our team at Sumner Law can help you obtain fair compensation so you can begin your road to recovery. To discuss your case in more detail, call our office at 925-278-6170 or contact us online.