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What is an open wound, and why is it dangerous after a motorcycle crash?
One way to classify motorcycle accident injuries is by whether the injury is open or closed. An open injury is one in which the skin is broken and a closed injury occurs without any break in the skin. Both kinds of injuries are serious. For example, a spinal cord injury is a serious, life-changing injury that can occur without any break in the skin. However, other types of injuries such as road rash are open injuries—and they may be just as dangerous.
How Open Wounds Occur
Generally, an open wound occurs when:
- A bone breaks and pokes through the skin.
- A sharp object penetrates the skin.
- The rider is dragged along the road. This leads to abrasion or road rash. While there may not be significant bleeding or a deep wound with this type of open wound injury, it is still dangerous.
Whether the open wound is small or large, it is important to seek prompt medical attention to avoid serious problems.
Open Wounds Can Lead to Dangerous Complications
Regardless of the specific cause of your open wound, a dangerous complication can result. Such complications include:
- Excessive bleeding. This risk is immediate and requires emergency medical treatment.
- Nerve damage. If the nerves are exposed then nerve damage, which may be permanent, can result.
- Infection. This is one of the most significant risks associated with an open wound. It continues long after the accident scene has been cleared and until the wound is completely healed. Serious infections can be life-threatening. Any symptom of infection such as fever, foul smell, or discharge from the wound should be promptly reported to a doctor. Antibiotics may be required to cure the infection.
Talk to your doctor about the risks and about what you can do to prevent these complications.
Get the Recovery You Deserve After an Open Wound Injury
If you do suffer an open wound injury in a motorcycle accident, then it is also important to talk to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. Your lawyer will help you get a fair recovery for your past, current and future medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering and other damages. To learn more, please start a live chat with us today.
What Is Rider’s Arm?
Rider’s arm is an injury that can occur during a motorcycle accident. If you suffer from this injury then you may incur significant physical, emotional, and financial costs, and you should speak to both a doctor and an attorney about your potential recoveries.
How Rider’s Arm Injuries Happen
Rider’s arm occurs when the nerves in the upper arm are damaged during a motorcycle accident. Typically, this injury occurs when a rider’s bike falls on top of his arm during a crash. rider’s arm can occur in any type of motorcycle accident. It is not the cause of the crash that determines whether a rider will suffer from this injury. Instead, it is how the motorcyclist lands and whether his bike lands on his arm that are important.
Potential Complications From Rider’s Arm
Rider’s arm can result in paralysis of the affected arm. Paralysis may occur when there is significant injury to one of the arm’s three main nerves: the median nerve, the ulnar nerve, or the radial nerve. Paralysis because of an injury to one of these nerves may be permanent. Of course, as with any serious injury, it is important for you to go to the doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan. If you are experiencing paralysis, numbness, or other symptoms it is especially important to rule out a spinal cord injury.
Protecting Your Recovery If You Suffer From Rider’s Arm
Rider’s arm can change your life forever. The paralysis may make it difficult to do your everyday tasks, to work, and to take care of your family. You may incur significant medical expenses and out-of-pocket costs. You may be unable to work at same job, or for the same income, that you did prior to the accident.
For all of these reasons, it is important that you protect your rights if you suffer this type of motorcycle accident injury. To learn more about how to do that, we encourage you to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, today or to call us directly to set up a free consultation.
Why shouldn’t I just let my health insurance cover my medical bills after a motorcycle accident injury?
The most important thing that you can do after you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident is to get medical care. If you are in pain, if you are out of work because of your injury, or if you are in danger of further harm without medical care then time is of the essence. You need immediate medical attention and you may give little thought to allowing the doctor or hospital to bill your health insurance company.
But Paying With Your Own Health Insurance Can Cause Problems
Assuming for the purposes of this answer that your health insurance agrees to pay for your medical treatment after a motorcycle accident injury, it is important to know that:
- You will need to pay your deductible and co-pays. This can be thousands of dollars, depending on the specific terms of your health insurance plan.
- Health insurance will not cover all of your costs. While your health insurance company may agree to pay for your doctors’ visits and medical treatments, your health insurance company is not going to pay for your lost income, your out-of-pocket costs, your physical pain, or your emotional suffering.
In most cases, motorcycle accident insurance policies should cover damages—including healthcare costs—before health insurance companies.
For these reasons, it is important to fight for your just recovery of accident damages by contacting an experienced attorney who can determine who was liable for your accident and which motorcycle insurance company should pay for all of your motorcycle injury damages. To learn more, please fill out our online contact form and allow our experienced lawyers to contact you to schedule a free initial consultation.
Can I recover damages if a motorcycle accident aggravated an old injury of mine?
Yes. You can recover damages if a motorcycle crash made a pre-existing condition worse or caused you to suffer a complication from an injury you had prior to the accident. However, the insurance company responsible for paying for your damages is likely going to argue that your pain, your medical treatment, and your medical bills were not a result of the crash, but were instead the result of your already existing injury or illness.
Be Prepared to Fight for Your Fair Recovery
You should not only expect the insurance company’s arguments and attempts to reduce your fair payment, but you should be prepared with evidence of your current accident injuries. To that end, it is important to:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the motorcycle accident. This will help you prove which injuries or which parts of your injuries were directly caused by the crash.
- Follow all of your doctor’s orders. This will help both with your physical and legal recoveries.
- Keep a detailed journal about how the injury has impacted your life. This may help show how your motorcycle accident injuries impacted you as compared to the injury you had prior to the crash.
You are entitled to compensation for any damages resulting from your motorcycle accident. Thus, you will have to prove what pain, injuries, and bills were caused by the motorcycle crash rather than your pre-existing injury.
It is important to have a skilled advocate on your side to help you protect the fair recovery you deserve. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer knows how to present the evidence in a persuasive way to get you the fair and just recovery to which you are entitled pursuant to state law. To learn more about protecting your rights after a motorcycle accident, please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, today.
How much time will I have to spend on a motorcycle accident case?
Your life has already been turned upside-down because of the injuries that you suffered in a motorcycle crash. The doctors’ appointments, physical therapy appointments, and time spent recuperating have interfered with your work and your daily activities.
You just want to get your life back, and you may be considering how the damages that are possible in a motorcycle accident case can help you with your recovery. However, you don’t want to spend too much of your time working on that recovery.
A Fair Recovery Doesn’t Have to Interfere with Your Life
You may be able to get the damages that you deserve—and that can make a difference to your future—without putting in a lot of time that takes you away from your other activities. The secret is to find someone you can trust to do all the work you would otherwise have to do.
If you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer to protect your rights, then you will be consulted as much you like…or, if you prefer, only when necessary. You won’t have to be the one to talk to the insurance adjusters or request important evidence. You won’t have to be the one to handle the grunt work, paperwork, and negotiations that come with pursuing a motorcycle accident recovery.
Instead, your motorcycle accident lawyer will do it for you while you go about living your life.
You deserve to be compensated for the harm that you have suffered due to someone else’s negligence, and you deserve to be compensated with as little interruption to your life as possible. For more information about how to get the recovery you deserve while protecting your most valuable asset—your time—please call us today at 1-800-800-5678.
I’m a rider and I’m already well aware of the dangers of riding a motorcycle. Why is Motorcycle Awareness Month important to me?
You may be aware of the risks of riding your bike, but are the drivers around you?
If the driver of a car or truck doesn’t see you or isn’t aware that you may be closer than you appear, then it is you who might get hurt in an accident. The negligent driver would likely be protected by the metal of his vehicle. Even though the truck driver may be responsible for causing the accident, you will end up paying the physical price.
Thus, while you might not need the reminder about motorcycle safety awareness, others might and it is in your best interest to make sure that everyone gets the message.
Here’s How You Can Do It
During this Motorcycle Awareness Month and in the months that follow, we encourage you to:
- Promote motorcycle safety tips on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms.
- Become involved in government or safety advocate groups that promote motorcycle safety.
- Put a Watch for Motorcycles sticker on your vehicle; you can get one for free by clicking on the link.
It may not be riders who need the awareness education, but it may be riders who can provide that education to the other drivers we depend on to keep us safe every time we get on the road. It may be the awareness that a rider promotes that keeps that rider—or another—safe from a serious or fatal accident. That is why Motorcycle Awareness is important to you, to us, and to all Wisconsin riders.
I felt okay after my motorcycle accident and I declined treatment. The next day I told the insurance company I felt okay, but now it has been a week and I’m in a lot of pain. Have I ruined my case?
Not necessarily. It is not unusual for a motorcycle accident victim to feel pain days, or even a week, after the crash. However, what you do now is critical to your potential recovery.
You Need to Prove That You Were Injured in the Accident
In other words you need to prove that the pain that you are feeling and that the injuries you sustained occurred because the other driver was negligent. You need to prove that you would not have incurred the injuries if not for the actions (or inactions) of the other driver.
The insurance company is likely going to argue that your pain was not caused by the accident because of the comments that you made at the accident scene and to the insurer the day after the accident. They may try to argue that you were hurt in another way.
The Insurance Company May Be Wrong
However, as the injured party, it will be up to you to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident. Accordingly, it will be important for you to:
- Get medical attention as soon as you experience pain. Your doctor may be able to establish that your injuries are consistent with an accident that happened days before.
- Stop talking to the insurance company or other party. Anything that you say may be misconstrued and may be used against you in settlement negotiations.
It will also be important for you to learn about your rights and find out how to present convincing evidence to the insurance company. To learn more, please browse our free videos and start a Live Chat with us today.
Should I call a lawyer if my husband suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle crash?
Yes. You aren’t the one who suffered a brain injury in the bike wreck, but you are suffering too. You may be the one who has to protect your husband’s rights—and your family’s future—by contacting a personal injury attorney.
Right now, your husband may be unable to make the call. He may be in too much pain, he may be confused, or he may not recognize that he needs help. If his brain injury is keeping him from contacting a lawyer to discuss his legal rights after a negligent driver caused his brain injury, then you should be the one to make the phone call.
By consulting an attorney, you can be confident that:
- You understand your husband’s rights. An attorney can explain whether or not your husband may have a claim and what his right to a recovery may be.
- Steps are taken to protect your husband’s rights. Your husband’s lawyer will explain how to protect your husband’s rights. This may include making sure that you don’t miss any important deadlines and determining if your husband is competent to file a claim or whether you need legal authority to do so.
- Valuable evidence is protected. Accident evidence is generally easier to preserve if you act to do so sooner rather than later.
- You have not left any stone unturned as you try to protect your family’s future. You don’t want to wonder whether you could have done more to protect your husband or you family. Instead, you want to be sure that you have done everything in your power to cover your husband’s medical bills, to be reimbursed for lost income, to be paid for your out-of-pocket expenses, and to be compensated for pain and suffering.
For more tips on how to help your husband, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
What Do You Risk If You Don’t Pursue a PTSD Recovery After a Motorcycle Crash?
If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a motorcycle crash, then you are not weak. It is not a condition that should cause you any embarrassment. Instead, it is a condition that may develop after you are injured in a frightening way. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it was our tough and honored war veterans who first brought PTSD to the attention of the American public. However, anyone who has been through a trauma such as a motorcycle accident may develop this condition.
If You Have PTSD Then You Deserve a Fair Recovery
PTSD can affect your life in significant ways. Specifically, motorcycle accident victims who experience PTSD may:
- Re-experience their accidents. This can come in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, or scary thoughts.
- Avoid certain situations. You may, for example, avoid things that remind you of the motorcycle accident or cause you to experience symptoms of guilt, depression or worry. You may lose interest in things, such as riding your motorcycle, that you once enjoyed.
- Be hyper-aroused. This may mean that you feel on edge, stressed, or angry. You may be easily startled. It could mean that you have trouble sleeping, eating, or concentrating on things.
These symptoms could interfere with your work, your everyday life, and even your physical recovery.
How to Protect Yourself Now
Don’t let an imaginary stigma prevent your fair recovery. Some of the most respected men and women in our country, including some of our war heroes, suffer from PTSD. If you are one of the people who suffer from PTSD after a motorcycle crash, then you should protect your possible recovery. You can get started today by contacting us directly via this website to schedule a confidential and free consultation about your legal rights and possible recovery.
Do I need a lawyer to file an insurance claim for me if I’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident?
The law does not require you to hire a lawyer to file an insurance claim after you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash. You could choose to handle the claim on your own. However, you do so at your own risk.
You Have the Right to Hire a Lawyer: Know the Advantages
Before you can decide whether to hire a lawyer to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company after your motorcycle crash, it is important to know more about the advantages that a lawyer can provide you. Specifically, a lawyer can:
- Help you put an accurate and fair value on your case.
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Often, insurance companies take claims more seriously when legal counsel is involved. Additionally, having an attorney on your side can take the stress of these negotiations off of you.
- Advise you as to whether it is worth accepting a specific settlement offer.
For these reasons, it is worth talking to a lawyer about your case.
The Costs of Hiring an Attorney Are Probably Less Than You Think
Most personal injury lawyers will provide you with a free consultation and will not take any money from you up front. Instead, they will be paid a percentage of your ultimate recovery through settlement or the courts. Thus, you have nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by talking to a lawyer about your rights.
For more information about protecting your motorcycle accident claim, please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and please start a live chat with us today.