Motorcycle Accident Common Injuries
Certain motorcycle accident common injuries are easy to identify and diagnose, while others may not manifest until some time after your wreck. To make certain that you receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to, you should see a doctor right away and speak with an attorney.
Without a doctor’s medical evaluation and the sound legal advice of an attorney, you may not receive enough money to pay for the care necessary to recover from your injuries.
Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
You can file a lawsuit for any injuries sustained in your motorcycle crash, even minor ones. Common injuries include all of the following:
- Broken or Fractured Bones – It is easy to break a leg or an arm when being flung from a motorcycle. This can influence your ability to perform your duties at work and may lead to significant financial loss that you can seek compensation for.
- Limb Amputation – If one of your limbs was amputated due to your motorcycle accident, you have the right to seek financial compensation for how the loss of limb is going to impact your life. For example, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for future lost wages, ongoing care at home, vehicle and home modifications to accommodate the disability, physical therapy, and the cost of prosthetics and home medical equipment.
- Spine Injuries – Whiplash and other spinal injuries are incredibly common in motorcycle accidents. Since recovering from back injuries is difficult, you’ll need to receive the compensation necessary to continue visiting a chiropractor or physical therapist, or to pay for medical equipment and home modifications if the injury is permanent.
- Internal Bleeding – If the trauma of the accident causes internal bleeding, you may need surgery and have a prolonged recovery time. In this case, your expenses are likely to grow, and you should be fully compensated for them.
Watch for Undiagnosed Injuries
Motorcycle crashes are far more deadly than car wrecks, with motorcyclists being killed at a rate that is twenty-six times that of car accident victims. These deadly injuries may not manifest immediately, which is why you need to seek medical care after a wreck regardless of how you feel.
Undiagnosed or latent injuries may not become apparent until much later:
- Head Injuries and Concussions – Brain injuries often go undiagnosed but can lead to long-term issues with coordination, memory, the ability to think and speak clearly, the ability to function normally, and even your emotional wellbeing. Visit a doctor for a diagnosis at the first sign that something might be “off.”
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – After your motorcycle accident, if you are afraid to ride a bike or drive in a car, have flashbacks, or think or behave differently, you may have undiagnosed PTSD and be deserving of compensation.
Helmet Laws and Negligence
Motorcyclists are using helmets on a more frequent basis, with up to 64 percent of riders using a DOT-compliant one. Massachusetts has a universal helmet law, so if you were not wearing one during your crash, you could be considered partially negligent for the injuries you experienced and receive less compensation.
Speak with a Boston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Whether you suffered one of these motorcycle accident common injuries or were injured in some other way, you could be entitled to compensation. In order to receive it, you will need to prove that the other rider or driver was negligent, demonstrate that you were injured, and how you have suffered financially as a result of your crash.
One of our qualified Boston motorcycle accident attorneys can help you by gathering evidence to build your case and then filing a lawsuit on your behalf. Schedule your consultation with the Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz by calling 617-742-1170.