After sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident, you are likely to need help, physically, emotionally and financially. Medical bills add up quickly, and you may miss work while recovering from the crash.
Often, motorcycle wrecks result in serious injuries, some of which may not be apparent at the scene. Here are some things to look out for after a crash.
Motorcycle wrecks can lead to serious head injury, even if you were wearing a helmet. Sometimes you may not know the extent of your injuries until days or weeks after the crash. Signs of traumatic brain injury include sleep issues, headaches and inability to concentrate. If you suspect TBI, see a doctor immediately. Brain injury can lead to long-term disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
Motorcycle crashes may result in spinal injuries. In the days following an accident, you may feel pain and stiffness along your neck and back. You may experience weakness or numbness in your limbs; you may lose control of your bladder or bowels. If these symptoms occur, prompt medical attention is essential. With proper treatment, you may be able to avoid permanent damage or paralysis.
Mental and emotional anguish
An event as serious as a motorcycle accident can cause significant mental anguish. In some cases, you may suffer post-traumatic stress disorder for weeks or months following the incident. Signs of PTSD include difficulty focusing, recurring nightmares, flashbacks, aggression or irritability. You may adopt self-destructive behaviors such as excessive drinking or drug use.
You may face serious challenges ahead, but you do not have to suffer alone. Know what to look out for, and reach out for help when you need it.