Bicycle accidents and traumatic brain injury

One of the challenges with mild or moderate traumatic brain injury is that its symptoms may not immediately appear. However, TBI symptoms that affect a person’s decision-making abilities and impulse control may surface in the days, weeks or even months that follow. TBI injuries may also exacerbate an individual’s chances at recuperation when accompanied by other injuries.

According to a recent article, diffuse axonal injury, which is a type of TBI injury involving damage to nerve fibers or blood vessels, may go undetected by CT or MRI scans. Yet even a mild case of TBI might affect the way information travels across different brain regions.

Of course, a TBI injury can also be very serious. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over 50,000 Americans die from traumatic brain injuries each year. That amounts to a national death toll of about 138 Americans each day.

Although motor vehicle accidents can also result in head trauma, perhaps the risk of TBI is greatest for bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Even with a helmet, the force of impact from being thrown to the ground during a motorcycle or bicycle accident may be too great to prevent a TBI. Of course, pedestrians generally don’t have such protective gear on their heads, and may sustain the most severe injuries.

With the advice of a personal injury attorney, an accident victim might request sophisticated neural diagnostic tests to fully measure the scope of an injury. Only then can an accurate claim for damages be made in a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney can help an accident victim request full compensation for all of the pain and suffering that might accompany a bicycle or motorcycle accident.

Source: io9, “Why a Head Injury Can Be Far Worse Than You Realize,” George Dvorsky, April 1, 2014

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