Injuries seen in motorcycle accidents include:
- Amputations - Motorcycle accidents can shatter limbs beyond repair. Surgical amputation in the emergency room may be the only option.
- Paralysis – Serious back, neck or spine injuries can leave accident victims paralyzed.
- Broken bones – Whether from the impact of the collision or from being thrown on the ground, fractures are common in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists can suffer broken bones in the arms, legs, hips, hands and wrists. There are different types of fractures. Some require more extensive treatment.
- Head injuries – These can happen even if you were wearing a helmet. A blow to the head from a car or the impact of being thrown onto the pavement can easily cause an injury. This can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can affect speech, cognitive skills and personality. Long-term care may be needed.
- Back injuries – These can include herniated or bulging discs, fractured vertebrae and nerve damage. All can result in pain and loss of mobility. An accident can also result in a spinal cord injury. This can cause partial or total paralysis. Back injuries often require long-term care and can result in permanent disability.
- Biker’s arm – When motorcyclists are about to hit the ground after a collision, their instinct is to hold out their arm to cushion the impact. This can result in nerve damage in the arm. Motorcyclists may suffer pain, weakness and numbness.
- Road rash – This injury can happen when the force of impact in a crash caused the motorcyclist to be dragged on the ground. The result can be serious cuts, scrapes and bruises that are quite painful. Treatment is needed to prevent irritation and infection. Cosmetic surgery may also be needed later to repair scarring.
- Sprains and tears – Motorcyclists may try to pull their bike with extra force in an accident to try to control it, resulting in sprained or torn muscles, ligaments or tendons. This can result in pain and problems with mobility.
Following a motorcycle accident, you may need diagnostic tests, surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home health care and multiple follow-up visits with doctors. Your medical expenses can add up quickly and become overwhelming.
Our firm builds strong cases that insurance companies must take seriously. We fight for the compensation you deserve so you can get the treatment you need. If you were injured in a Jacksonville motorcycle accident, learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers.