Common types of injuries from motorcycle accidents include concussions, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures; these can require expensive treatment, and a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get the treatment paid for.
When a car and a motorcycle collide, the chances that the motorcycle rider will suffer injuries serious enough to require hospitalization are much greater than the chances that any of the occupants of the car will suffer injuries that serious.
Even if you are driving slowly on your motorcycle and you collide with a car that is also not going very fast, you could still end up with injuries that require months of treatment before you are well enough to go back to work.
Even if you have health insurance, a motorcycle accident can be financially ruinous. A New York motorcycle accident lawyer can help you negotiate an insurance settlement that will pay for your treatment and even file a lawsuit if that is the best way to get the money you need.
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even if you are wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle accident, falling off of your motorcycle and hitting your head can cause a concussion.
Mild concussions go away on their own after a few weeks, but they are very unpleasant; symptoms include severe headaches, dizziness, depression, and sensitivity to light.
Severe concussions are known as traumatic brain injuries, and in addition to the above symptoms, they can cause mood changes and problems with memory, concentration, and thinking.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries, which result from trauma to the neck or back, can also result from motorcycle accidents. They can result in chronic pain and muscle weakness in areas of the body below the site of the injury.
In the most severe cases, they can lead to paralysis and loss of bladder and bowel function. Prompt treatment after a spinal cord injury can improve the prognosis and reduce the risk of paralysis.
The chances of falling on the road after a motorcycle collision are much greater than the chances of getting ejected from a car in a car accident.
Therefore, the risk of bone fractures is high. Most people make a full recovery after a bone fracture, but the treatment is still expensive, especially if surgery is necessary.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Go to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic to be examined immediately after a motorcycle accident. Concussions and whiplash injury sometimes do not begin to show symptoms until several hours or several days after the accident.
If it appears that your injuries will require costly treatment, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer even before you give a statement to the insurance company.
Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus &Moverman, P.C. About Motorcycle Accident Cases
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you find solutions to the financial hardship caused by being injured in a motorcycle accident. Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus &Moverman in New York City or call (212)285-3300 to discuss your case.