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Head/Neck Injuries

Motorcycles don’t offer riders protection like a car’s enclosed cab. Riders are much more susceptible to head and neck injuries, among others. While whiplash is a frequent injury for drivers, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer head trauma along with whiplash or other neck injuries, especially if they are not wearing a helmet.

At the same time, riders are also susceptible to neck injuries that can also leave them with severe pain. The sudden force and impact of the accident causes the rider to be thrown forcefully causing severe neck and other upper body injuries. The seriousness of these injuries means extensive medical care, long recuperation time, and large medical expenses while you’re out of work. Paxton Law can help you secure compensation to cover these expenses.

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Types of Head Injuries

When a rider is thrown off their motorcycle, they typically endure a rough landing, and their head makes hard contact with the ground. Protective equipment such as a helmet can lessen or prevent serious injuries. Concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are some of the most common types of head injuries from motorcycle accidents. The chance of a TBI or fatality is much higher without a helmet.   

  • Concussion
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Edema
  • Hematoma
  • Hemorrhage
  • Mild to severe TBI
  • Penetration injury
  • Skull fracture
  • Slurred speech
  • Spinal cord injury/spinal injury

Alone, just one of these injuries can have a serious impact on your life and your family’s lives. Frequently, a motorcycle accident leads to two or more of these injuries and can mean permanent brain damage.

Medical treatment for a head/brain injury is expensive and it also means considerable time away from work for recovery. Expenses add up quickly, especially when there is no income. That’s why you need to begin working with a Houston motorcycle accident attorney right away to seek justice and obtain compensation for your expenses.

Texas’ motorcycle laws do not require helmets. But we always recommend wearing one while riding to protect your head from injuries or lessen the possibility of severe or fatal head injuries.

Head Injury Symptoms

If a head injury is minor, like a concussion, a person may experience symptoms such as:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache or neck pain that doesn’t go away
  • Spinning sensations
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slight confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Balance problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in sleep patterns—unable to sleep or sleeping a long time

A more serious head injury shows symptoms such as:

  • Abnormal eye movement or can’t focus eyes
  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Behavioral issues such as anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, and other changes
  • Clear fluid leaking from ears or nose
  • Cognitive problems such as disorientation, attention or memory problems, and speech issues
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting

Making the determination requires a medical exam by an emergency room physician. Without it, the condition can worsen, leading to permanent brain damage or even death.

Take any head injury seriously, even if you think it’s just minor. Seek immediate medical care after an accident so a doctor can determine the extent of your injury.

Types of Neck Injuries

Whiplash is also a common neck injury for motorcyclists from accidents, resulting in chronic pain. It occurs when the head is violently whipped around while the body stays stationary. A whiplash injury frequently results from car accidents. In severe cases, whiplash can be life-threatening.

  • Herniated or “slipped” discs
  • Damaged or pinched nerves
  • Myofascial injuries, or injuries to ligaments and muscles
  • Cervical Spondylosis, aka “neck arthritis”

Neck injuries also pose a significant threat as they have the potential to permanently impact one’s life. The neck is a crucial structure that is the vital link between the brain and the body. Trauma to this region can lead to a myriad of consequences including loss of sensation, decreased motor function, and even severe conditions like paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia. These serious injuries alter an individual’s trajectory and severely impact the lives of those close to them.

Neck Injury Symptoms

Like head injuries, neck injuries also exhibit certain symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Memory loss
  • Neck stiffness
  • Paresthesia, i.e., tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation
  • Shoulder or back pain
  • Sleep disturbances

Because the neck is such an exposed area, it is both open and at risk for serious injury. The full extent of the injury’s impact may not be known for months after the accident. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor for a diagnosis right away. An experienced Houston personal injury attorney representing your accident claim can help you get a fair settlement for these injuries.

Get Immediate Medical Care

As we always recommend, get to a hospital, emergency room, urgent care clinic, or other healthcare provider right after the accident, even if you think you are not injured. With a concussion or other head injury, the symptoms may not be obvious right away, and waiting could be catastrophic. Neck injuries may not hurt as much until the next day, leaving you in terrible pain.

Because they are the core of the central nervous system, injuries to the head and the neck can mean injuries that require a lifetime of medical care for the victim. After the ambulance, the emergency room, surgery, and long hospital stays, a person may require rehabilitation, physical therapy, and additional treatment to sustain a quality of life.

Paxton Law Firm the Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you, or a family member, are dealing with head and neck injuries following a motorcycle accident, Paxton Law Firm can help. Let us review your case and advise you of your rights. You may be able to recover money for your past medical bills, lost wages, future medical bills, disfigurement, impairment, and for your pain and suffering. We offer free consultations, and you do not pay any legal fees until we recover for you.

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