Dangerous Symptoms After A Motorcycle Accident
Due to the lack of protection provided by a motorcycle, injuries are often catastrophic in nature when you get into an accident. Many of these injuries result in obvious symptoms such as broken bones, severe cuts and bleeding, or significant pain, making it clear that you need to seek medical attention. However, there are also many instances where you may feel fine immediately after a motorcycle accident even if you suffered a serious injury.
It’s important to understand that it’s still possible for dangerous symptoms to develop several days, weeks or even months after a motorcycle accident. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to visit your doctor after being involved in a motorcycle accident, even if you don’t think you’ve been injured.
Be on the lookout for the following dangerous symptoms in the weeks after your accident, and seek medical attention at once if you notice any of them.
Headaches are one of the most common – and overlooked – symptoms after a motorcycle accident. They’re often overlooked because they occur regularly during everyday life and can be caused by common issues such as stress, a cold or a sinus infection. If you suffer from migraines, then getting headaches is certainly nothing out of the ordinary for you.
However, when you begin getting headaches shortly after a motorcycle accident, it may be a sign that you suffered a serious injury – even if you regularly suffer from headaches in your daily life. Headaches can be a symptom of a variety of issues, including:
- Blood clots
- Traumatic brain injury
Some of these injuries can result in permanent damage or potentially be fatal if not treated in a timely manner. For this reason, seek medical attention at once if you develop headaches after a motorcycle accident.
If you experience back pain after a motorcycle accident, it may be a sign that you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury. Back pain is a common symptom of herniated discs, pinched nerves, muscle sprains, and many other types of damage to the spine. This pain can sometimes develop right away, but often you may not experience back pain for days or weeks after the accident. Without proper treatment, back pain can progressively worsen over time and eventually become so debilitating that it impacts your overall quality of life.
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Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain shortly after a motorcycle accident is often a sign that you may have suffered:
- Nerve damage
- A muscle or joint injury
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injury
If you receive treatment for road rash or an open wound after a motorcycle accident and experience flu-like symptoms shortly after treatment, it may be a sign that you’ve developed an infection. These symptoms require immediate medical attention to prevent the infection from spreading or potentially becoming fatal.
Abdominal discomfort is often a sign that you suffered an internal injury during the motorcycle accident. These types of injuries, which include punctured organs or internal bleeding, can often take time to develop symptoms. Internal injuries can be life threatening if left untreated. Therefore, seek medical attention anytime you experience abdominal discomfort after a motorcycle accident.
Impaired Speech and Cognition
Brain injuries are common after a motorcycle accident and can occur even if you’re wearing a helmet. Often, brain injury symptoms will take awhile to develop. If you experience impairments with speech and cognition or problems with memory and concentration, seek medical attention at once. These issues are likely signs that you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Tingling Sensation or Numbness
Tingling sensations and numbness are common symptoms of a nerve injury. The location of these symptoms will often give you a clue as to the type of injury you’ve suffered. For example, numbness in the spinal region may be a sign of a herniated disc or compressed spinal nerve, while tingling in your arms may be a sign of whiplash.
Sleepiness and fatigue after a motorcycle accident is quite common. You’ve just undergone an extremely stressful experience, and your body needs time to rest and recover after unexpected trauma. But if you find that this sleepiness continues for an extended period of time, it could be a sign that you’ve suffered a brain injury. Visit a doctor right away if you’re nodding off or getting tired for no reason once your energy levels have returned to normal after the accident.
It’s common for motorcycle accident victims to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This mental and emotional impact from the accident can result in the following symptoms:
- Persistent flashbacks or memories of the accident
- Reliving the feeling experienced during the motorcycle accident
- Recurring dreams about the crash
- Acting as if the accident is still happening
- Obsessing about the crash
- Avoiding the scene of the accident
- Lack of interest in riding your motorcycle or in anything associated with motorcycles
- Anxiety or stress
- Inability to remember the motorcycle accident
- Appearing detached or withdrawn from friends and family
- Loss of interest in your favorite activities
- A feeling of impending doom
- Insomnia or other sleep disorders
- Emotional outbursts
- Numbness or an inability to experience emotions
If you’re experiencing any of these signs of PTSD, you should seek treatment from a mental health professional at once.
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If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Pushchak Law will fight aggressively for your rights and stand by your side every step of the way.
Brian Pushchak has made motorcycle accidents a primary focus of his practice. He understands the complex issues associated with these accidents, he’s seen firsthand the devastation that these injuries can cause, and he can help you demonstrate the total extent of your damages. This area of specialization will give you the edge you need when seeking to maximize the value of your compensation.
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