Seattle Motorcycle Brain Injury Attorney
Motorcyclists & Brain Trauma
With its beautiful natural environment and pleasant weather (even with the rain), Washington is ideal for motorcycle riding. Whether you use a motorcycle to commute to work in Seattle or just like taking scenic weekend trips along Route 2 through Wenatchee National Forest, riding can give economical benefits and a sense of freedom not possible with a car. Motorcycling can also be dangerous, however.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the yearly 1.7 million cases of traumatic brain injury, a significant number occur as a result of traffic accidents. Of this number, the majority are victims of motorcycle accidents. Any injury to the brain can be debilitating. Factor in loss of income due to the injury, emotional concerns regarding recovery and the financial drain which ensues, and the damages of a brain injury motorcycle accident may become overwhelming.
Washington Motorcycle Accident Recoveries
- $225,000 recovery for motorcycle accident injury.
- $175,000 recovery for a man who suffered injuries when a car swerved and knocked him off his motorcycle.
Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer Joseph "J.P." Pendergast, of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of motorcycle victims by holding those responsible liable. With a successful track record handling motorcycle cases, our law firm has the resources and knowledge you need to get the money that you deserve. To learn about your legal rights and options, call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.
Types of Brain Injury
A motorcyclist has no protection against the impact of a larger vehicle, which is why serious injury often occurs after a motorcycle accident. Whether it is a closed (caused by the brain moving in the skull) or penetrating (caused by something impacting the head and penetrating the skull) brain injury, the damage which may be inflicted to the victim and his/her family is devastating. Following a brain injury, loss of consciousness and/or coma is possible. The injury may cause impairment to one's thinking, memory, sight, sensations, motor functions, emotions and sometimes changes in personality. It is even possible for a brain injury to cause permanent disability.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident, contact Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. for help!
Ongoing Medical Care
Whether the victim has suffered a total loss of consciousness or not, immediate medical care is imperative in order to increase the chances of a return to normal functioning. A short or long-term hospital stay is inevitable, possibly followed by a stay in a rehabilitation facility and continued at-home physical therapy. Following release from the hospital, a stay in a rehabilitation facility may be required as well as physical therapy to maximize a return of as many bodily functions as possible considering the trauma the brain has suffered. Physical and psychological therapy may be required to aid the victim in his/her recovery. During the recuperation stage, a victim may be unable to work, jeopardizing the recovery should finances no longer be available for continued medical treatment and care.
While the degree of impairment as a result of a motorcycle brain injury is uncertain, loss of income as a result is a certainty, one which will come at a time when financial resources are required to continue the medical treatment necessary to the victim's recovery.
Taking Prompt Action in Washington After a Motorcycle Brain Injury
A statute of limitations is the time within which a lawsuit must be filed for compensation for injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. In Washington, the statute of limitations for a brain injury suffered in a motorcycle accident is two years from the date of the crash. If the lawsuit is not filed within those two years, you lose the right to seek any compensation for the negligence which injured you or your loved one.
Helping You Achieve the Best Recovery Possible
The victim of a brain trauma due to a motorcycle, or his/her family, may be entitled to compensation from all parties whose negligence caused or contributed to the accident. The only thing you or your loved ones have to focus on is recovery. The financial aspects of that recovery should be entrusted to someone experienced and qualified to obtain compensation for the injury, like the Washington motorcycle accident injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Contact us today at (888) 228-3860 to find out how we can help.
- Living With a Brain Injury
- Motorcycle Helmet Use and Head and Facial Injuries
- Changes in Motorcycle-Related Head Injury Deaths, Hospitalizations, and Hospital Charges Following Repeal of Pennsylvania's Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law
- Head Injuries Increase Dramatically After Motorcycle Helmet Law Repeal
- Motorcycle Safety from the CDC
- Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion - CDC