Bicycle accident attorneys deal with all manner of injuries. Whilst some injuries are nothing more than the odd cut or bruise, others can lead to traumatic brain injury, back pain, neck damage, fractured bones, paralysis and even death. The extent of injuries depends upon the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Always wear a helmet
A blow to the head can result in the brain tissue becoming severely damaged. This usually happens when the cyclist is not wearing a helmet. The head receives a sharp blow, which causes the brain to bounce around inside a fractured skull. This could damage the brain tissue and cause it to bleed.
Such injuries could be prevented or greatly reduced simply by wearing head protection. A fractured skull, bleeding from the brain, swelling on the brain or any brain injury is very serious. Such bleeding is known as haemorrhaging. When blood fills the brain cavity it can squeeze tightly on the brain itself and cause a condition known as a subdural haematoma.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can produce injuries which are both mild or severe, depending upon the severity of the blow. Bicycle accident attorneys have dealt with cases where the client has been reported to drift in and out of consciousness, encounter reoccurring bad headaches, go through a roller coaster of mood changes, experience faintness and dizzy spells, along with poor recollection and lowered concentration spans.
Someone suffering with acute TBI may encounter all of the above, along with migraines so strong it feels as though the entire head is going to explode. Such symptoms could also cause prolonged bouts of vomiting, feelings of nausea, seizures, weakness in the arms and/or legs, confusion, agitation and speech impediments. Anyone who has suffered from TBI is likely to encounter brain problems throughout the duration of their life.
Seek out experienced bicycle accident attorneys
Bicycle accident attorneys are always pleased to hear that their client was wearing head protection. This vital piece of equipment stops the brain from banging against the skull upon impact and as such, prevents the organ from becoming bruised or injured.
In essence, a helmet softens the blow and thus decreases the risk of a serious head injury. A helmet must fit firmly on the head, especially at the back of the skull. Therefore, it is important for parents to buy new helmets as children grow. A helmet which has been damaged in an accident or appears not to be intact should always be replaced.
If you were involved in an accident whilst out and about on your bike, it is certainly worth discussing the matter with a team of professionals. If you are unsure if your case warrants the attention of a solicitor, why not make a cal to Accident Advice Helpline? We are the claim experts and we want to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
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Date Published: 16th May 2014
Author: Donna Jennings