Seattle Bike Accident Brain Injury Lawyers
Brain Injury After a Bicycle Crash in Washington
Unlike drivers of motor vehicles, bicyclists have no barriers, seatbelts or airbags to restrain and protect them when an accident occurs. While most cyclists ride at an average speed of 10-15 miles per hour, experienced cyclists can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour or even faster. Auto accidents at these velocities would be minor at worst, but a bicycle collision could devastate the cyclist, completely changing his or her life, especially if the head took the brunt of the impact.
Recovering from a serious bicycle accident can be a tremendous struggle. The financial stress along with the physical and mental suffering that results from injuries can make you feel as if there is no end to your troubles. However, with the assistance of the skilled Washington brain injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., you may receive the help you need for a complete recovery. Contact our law firm today at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation that’ll help you understand your rights and legal options.
Bicycle Accident Recoveries
- $170,000 recovery for a bicyclist injured when he was struck riding his bicycle.
- $145,000 recovery for a man who received a concussion and skin abrasions when he was knocked off his bicycle by a car making a turn in Kirkland.
What Happens When the Brain is Damaged?
The brain is a collection of tissue, neurons and axons. Neurons are responsible for processing and transmitting information while axons conduct electrical impulses which contain the information to other neurons, muscles and glands. They are both essential to not only our vital functions, but also our very beings - our behaviors, moods and personalities.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) involves axonal damage, whether through sheering or tearing. Think of an axon as a kind of passageway for information. When an axon is torn, information is essentially blocked up, limiting capacity for communication. When an axon is stretched or sheered, information takes longer to reach its destination, slowing down the processing of thoughts and other impulses.
In summary, when a bike accident victim suffers TBI through impact with the ground or another object, or through sudden acceleration and/or deceleration, his or her internal information network is compromised, which has dire implications for his or her holistic well-being.
Unfortunately, thousands of children and adults suffer bike related brain injuries annually. If you or a loved one has been injured, call (888) 228-3860 for legal help.
What are the Effects of TBI?
The consequences of TBI can vary widely. A minor injury may result in temporary symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue or lack of focus. A major brain injury, on the other hand, can impact the victim in profound ways.
- Altered Cognitive Ability: This includes a decreased capacity for memory, focus, communication, organization, judgment and other essential thought processes.
- Physical Changes: This includes chronic fatigue, headaches, trouble sleeping and eating, limited physical capabilities and other afflictions.
- Behavioral Changes: This includes altered social skills, chronic stress and anxiety, lack of motivation, mood swings, inappropriate behavior and impatience.
Helping You Put Your Life Back Together After Bike Accident Brain Injury in Seattle
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we understand how distressing dealing with a brain injury can be. That is why we put in our best efforts to help TBI bike crash victims get the compensation they need to pay off the costs of extensive medical treatments and rehabilitation, therapy and more. Let our Seattle bike accident lawyers work with you in securing a better future for yourself and your loved ones. Call us at (888) 228-3860 today.