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What Injuries Should a Bicyclist Watch Out for After an Accident?

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What Injuries Should a Bicyclist Watch Out for After an AccidentAn experienced bicycle accident lawyer Reston, VA bicycle accident victims can trust, can usually explain what injuries a bicyclist should watch out for after an accident.

When a bicyclist gets hit by a car driver, it is very rare that they walk away completely unscathed. In today’s world, cars are often rushing around trying to get to work, run errands, and attend other obligations. As a result, car drivers may be speedy, reckless, sleep-deprived, grouchy or negligent when behind the wheel. When such careless behavior causes a bicycle accident, the rider may face very scary and painful injuries. Here in the article to follow, we have listed a few types of injuries that may not present themselves right away, and should be watched out for in the hours or days, or even weeks after an accident occurs.  

If you have questions or concerns about potential injuries, or any aspect of your or a loved one’s bicycle accident, it may be in your best interest to discuss these with an experienced Reston, VA bicycle accident lawyer.

What do I need to know about traumatic brain injuries?

A traumatic brain injury can occur when a sudden jolt or impact causes the brain to endure damage. In some cases, a brain injury may end up being a mild concussion that requires only rest, and limited mental and physical activity. But in other cases, a brain injury could result in brain swelling or bleeding, which is considered a medical emergency. It is important to note that the signs of a traumatic brain injury may not show until hours later after the accident. As a bicyclist, keep an eye out for the following signs that mean you may have endured a traumatic brain injury:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Unconscious for a period of time
  • Unable to remember the moments leading up to accident
  • Feeling confused and disoriented
  • Trouble remembering new information
  • Unrelenting headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clear fluid draining from ears and/or nose
  • Unusual mood changes
  • Impaired physical functioning

If you or someone you love is suffering from a brain or other injury that is because of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a Reston, VA bicycle accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensation for expenses that your injuries have caused.

What are signs that I am bleeding internally?

As a bicyclist, understanding the signs of internal bleeding can be crucial, as such direct impact to your body can easily lead to such a condition. It is always recommended that a bicyclist hit by a car receives medical attention right away. If for some reason you decline medical care but later on feel any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately:

  • Clammy, cold skin
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tender or painful abdomen area
  • Nausea
  • Spitting or coughing up blood
  • Bloody vomit or diarrhea
  • Signs of shock
  • Losing consciousness without cause

After a bicycle accident it is important to take care of your medical needs first and foremost but it is also important to contact a lawyer who is licensed to protect injured people in Reston and throughout the state of VA. The sooner you contact them the sooner they may be able to start protecting your rights.

What if I start suffering from panic attacks or other mental symptoms?

It is not uncommon for a rider who was part of a tragic and scary bicycle accident, to be terrified to get back onto their bike again. A rider may even start to have newly developed anxieties, depression, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks and more. It may be a good idea to tell your doctor about these symptoms even if you think you can live with them- you should not have to and there is medical help for this too.

Telling your doctor about all your symptoms, physical and mental, is important so your doctor can create a treatment plan that encompasses all of your aches and pains, whether they be physical or mental. Many riders may be embarrassed to express such symptoms to their doctor, friends or family. But it is vital that such symptoms receive treatment in order for the rider to fully overcome what happened.

No matter what kind injury or injuries you or someone you love is suffering from because of a bicycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the negligent party should pay for the many expenses their accident caused.

For a highly rated bicycle accident lawyer Reston, VA bicycle accident victims and their families recommend, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. today for a free case evaluation with no obligations, to see if they can try to help you to get the compensation you deserve.

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