Brain injury and motorcycle crashes
While people in a passenger vehicle are surrounded by steel, people riding motorcycles around Chicago only have their helmet and protective clothing to cushion them from injury in the event of an accident. Yet, a motorcycle crash lawyer will say that even the wearing of a helmet is not enough to protect cyclists from a traumatic brain injury.
For many cyclists, a serious brain injury can leave them struggling throughout the rest of their lives. The brain is the control center of the body and so far, scientists have not yet discovered the information needed to fix that center when it suffers serious damage. This lack of knowledge makes it currently impossible for doctors to heal a brain injury or even predict how the injury will affect cyclists in the long term.
The basic rule among medical professionals is the understanding that no two traumatic brain injuries are alike, and therefore, no two outcomes will be the same. The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai states that those with TBIs vary in the following ways:
- Severity of their initial injury
- Speed and depth of healing
- Various affected functions
- How dysfunction affects the individual’s life and goals
- Potential resources the individual could use to regain function
Ultimately, every individual who has a TBI will have different consequences and different pain and suffering than found in other patients with TBIs.
After an initial healing and recovery period that could range from a few months to a few years, individuals become aware of any functional deficits that may exist. Deficits can be seen in any function that the brain controls. This includes sight, speech, hearing, motor functions, etc. Some patients exhibit only one or two deficits while others remain severely disabled for life.
A common problem for moderate to severe TBI victims, as reported by Sinai, is a reduction of cognitive functioning. Many patients have difficulty paying attention, concentrating on regular tasks, or learning new information. Executive functions are also often severely affected by TBIs. This includes the ability to process large amounts of complex information in order to be creative, competent and independent. This may make it difficult or impossible for many individuals to function in their regular social roles, at work or in any capacity that requires decision making.
Potential health issues
According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, Individuals who have suffered a TBI are more likely to have a stroke or develop epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more common as people age. This can make it difficult for cyclists who suffer brain injury from an accident seek appropriate compensation and therefore it a good idea to seek professional legal counsel.