Motorcycle Head Injury Lawyer – Denver, CO
Millions of people in the United States experience brain injuries every year. The brain controls all of a person’s functions and actions, whether voluntary or involuntary. Since different parts of the brain control different parts of the body, an injury to the brain can produce various symptoms depending on the affected area. If you have recently suffered a head injury as a result of a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Even relatively minor head trauma can lead to serious short-term and long-term consequences. Only after you’ve received necessary medical care should you call an experienced Denver, CO motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance with the “legal side of things” in the wake of your motorcycle crash. Preserving your legal options is critically important. But preserving your health is even more important, so seeking medical care must be your first priority.
Acquired Versus Traumatic
An acquired brain injury is one that is caused by a medical condition, such as a tumor, a stroke, or an aneurysm. Acquired brain injuries are not congenital or hereditary, which means they are not present from birth and a person does not inherit them from their parents. However, they are also not degenerative, meaning a condition that deteriorates with age. In other words, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are not examples of acquired brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries are a separate category. They result from penetration of the brain by a foreign object or a sudden, severe jolt or blow. A traumatic brain injury is different from an acquired brain injury in that it is caused by something external, while an acquired brain injury usually results from an internal condition. Head trauma caused by a motorcycle accident is therefore considered traumatic, not acquired.
It should be noted that traumatic brain injury is not a foregone conclusion after every blow to the head or sudden jolt. The skull often serves as sufficient protection to protect the brain from the full force of impact.
Mild Versus Severe
A brain injury can fall anywhere along a spectrum between the severe and the mild. A prolonged period of amnesia or unconsciousness may follow a severe brain injury, while a mild brain injury may result in a brief loss of consciousness or change in mental status. A concussion is an example of a mild traumatic brain injury; the symptoms usually resolve on their own within a matter of hours or days.
Nevertheless, it is important to pay close attention to even the mildest of traumatic brain injuries. Without the proper response, serious complications may develop. A traumatic brain injury should be evaluated by a doctor, and his or her recommendations followed closely.
If you’ve recently been involved in a motorcycle accident and were injured as a result, please schedule a consultation with an experienced Denver, CO motorcycle head injury lawyer at Richard Banta, P.C. as soon as you’ve received medical treatment. Our firm can help you to explore your legal options and can help you to obtain any financial compensation you may be entitled to under the circumstances. We look forward to speaking with you.