Almost 75% of all serious bicycle accidents involve an injury to a person’s head sustained either through direct trauma (when a vehicle collides with the biker) or when a cyclist is thrown odd their bike in the course of an accident. There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and most of these injuries are permanent in nature and require specialized treatment in order to help the person learn how adapt as best as possible to the effects of his or her injury.
The following are commonly encountered head injuries sustained in bicycle collisions:
- Concussion- loss of function due to direct trauma to the brain
- Fractured skull
- Lacerations to the head
- Subdural hematoma
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Extradural / epidural hematoma
- Diffuse axonal injury (nerve damage)
- Blood clots
Bike helmets: the most important piece of safety equipment to prevent brain injury
While the use of bicycle helmets is promoted as a safeguard, they are not mandatory in Illinois under most circumstances. Therefore, even if a bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of his injury, he or she is still entitled to make a claim for all resulting injuries resulting from his or her crash, regardless of whether or not a helmet was worn at the time of the accident. Any trauma to the head that happens when a cyclist is not wearing a helmet tends to be much more severe and require more long term care than if a helmet was worn.
Demonstrating the extent of a brain injury in bicycle accident lawsuits
As lawyers for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injuries in bicycle accidents, we frequently call upon treating neurologists or neuropsychologists to help explain the significance of our client’s injury to an insurance company representative or jury. In doing so, we can present the case most effectively to insurance companies or a jury in order to collect the maximum amount in damages as possible. This ensures that all of the medical needs of our clients are met both now and in the future.
In circumstances where a bicyclists traumatic brain injury prevents them from returning to their pre-injury job, our attorney can have the client evaluated by a vocational counselor who can determine what jobs are suitable for a person in their condition. Using the assessments from the vocational counselor, we can then have an economist calculate a claim for past and future lost wages.
Chicago bike accident lawyers who will go to bat for you
Put simply, our job is to get as substantial financial recovery for your Chicago bicycle accident as provided for under the applicable laws. There is no magic to producing superior results for accident victims. Our pledge to every client is that we will invest all necessary resources, skill and time to position your case for the best possible outcome. Unlike other situations in life where you can learn from your mistakes, you are only afforded one opportunity to pursue your legal claim or personal injury lawsuit- get an experienced team working to secure your future now.