The High Costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury After a Motorcycle Collides With a Truck
When a motorcycle collides with a truck, one of the most devastating outcomes is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) for the cyclist. Semi-trucks carry a maximum of 80,000 pounds spread over 18 wheels. Motorcycles weigh an average of 250 pounds spread over 2 wheels. This data alone demonstrates how outnumbered a motorcycle is against a semi-truck in a collision. With Florida having no helmet requirements for adults who ride motorcycles, a TBI is a real possibility in an accident. Costs associated with long-term medical and personal care for someone with a TBI escalate over time. If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI from an accident involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck, contact a Florida personal injury lawyer without delay.
Symptoms and Treatment
A traumatic brain injury results from a violent blow to the head. When a motorcycle collides with a semi-truck, the cyclist can experience a TBI that results in physical, sensory, cognitive, and mental damage. Not all symptoms may appear right away, while others appear weeks later. Examples of common TBI symptoms in moderate to severe cases include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of coordination
- Clear fluid draining from nose and ears
- Nausea or vomiting
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Numbness in fingers and toes
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
- Unusual behavior such as combativeness or aggression
- Slurred speech
- Profound confusion
In moderate to severe cases, patients with TBI often have to relearn basic skills, such as talking and walking. A variety of therapists and specially trained medical providers must work consistently with patients in relearning these skills. Depending upon the severity of the TBI, you or your loved one may need the on-going services of:
- A physiatrist—a doctor trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Physical, recreational, occupational, and speech therapists
- A social worker or case manager to coordinate care
- Neuropsychologist—a doctor who assess cognitive performance and provides coping strategies for a patient’s emotional health.
- A TBI nurse specialist
- A skilled rehabilitation facility
- A nursing home
A TBI changes a person’s life forever. Instead of enjoying motorcycle rides, you or your loved one are now constantly traveling to medical appointments. Relearning basic skills takes time, and some patients may never fully recover their ability to talk and to walk. If a recent motorcycle ride turned into a catastrophic event for you or a loved one, contact the Dolman Law Group today.
Costs for Continued Care
Quality care doesn’t come cheap and for some families, the decision to care for their loved one at home or to place them in a skilled facility is very difficult. In-home personal care providers average $23 an hour. When family members work outside the home, this cost can quickly add up as their loved one cannot be left home alone. Repeated home visits from therapists, nurses, and social workers also become a fast and heavy expense for out-of-pocket costs.
The average cost of a skilled nursing facility is more than $100,000 and not all skilled nursing facilities are up-to-par. While there are quality nursing facilities out there, too many facilities are understaffed and neglect patients.
Medications, home and vehicle adaptations, and other additional costs do not go away for a patient with a TBI. These types of costs often escalate as pricing increases and as the patient’s needs change over time.
The traumatic effects of a motorcycle collision with a semi-truck, or any type of large truck, can result in a lifetime of bills, stress, pain, and suffering. At the Dolman Law Group, our highly-experienced lawyers fight for fair compensation for our clients. If we are unable to secure a just settlement, we are not afraid to go to trial.
What to Do When Injured by a Trucker
Trucking companies have long distances to travel and short timelines for accomplishing their goals. Whether they overlook a motorcycle or cut one off in traffic, they are capable of devastating a two-wheeled vehicle in a collision. If you are injured in a collision with a semi-truck, or any type of large truck, try to take the following steps:
- Call 911
- Exchange insurance information
- Take pictures
- Do not provide recorded statements as they can be used against you later
- Do not delay in seeking medical attention as symptoms can worsen in the days and weeks after the accident
If you are severely injured and unable to call 911 or take pictures, ask a witness to help you or do it for you. Chances are you will need contact information for the witness in order to obtain a statement. Provide the witness with an email or cell phone number so they can email or text you the photos. After collecting your own evidence—if possible—the next step is to contact the truck accident injury lawyers of the Dolman Law Group.
Clearwater, Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
Florida is one of three states with the most registered trucks in the United States. It is also second in the United States when it comes to the number of registered motorcycles. Choosing not to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle is your right under Florida law. No one deserves to experience a TBI due to the carelessness of a semi-truck driver who is overtired, in a rush, and downright negligent on the road. Depending upon the severity of your TBI and the details involving your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The road after a TBI is a long and expensive journey. Let the experienced lawyers of the Dolman Law Group review your case for free. Call (727) 451-6900 or contact us online today. Should we decide to pursue litigation on your behalf, we collect no attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for you. Our lawyers know how to deal with large trucking companies and aggressive insurance carriers—take the right step by reaching out to us today.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765