We have recovered millions for injured accident victims
Our brain injury attorneys fight for what’s right. We stand up for injured motorcycle riders and beat back anti-biker bias in the insurance industry. Our Fort Wayne motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for injured victims and the families of fatal crash victims. This includes $1.4 million recovered for loved ones of the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident. (Past results are no indication of future outcomes.) We would rather put more time and effort into your case than accept a lowball settlement offer on your behalf.
If you were injured or a loved one died in an Indiana motorcycle accident, contact us for a free case consultation. A member of our team can explain how the law applies to you, the value of your claim, and options for compensation. We have offices in Fort Wayne and South Bend. We provide our signature Five Diamond service to all of Indiana.
Types of head injuries
There are primarily two types of head injuries – open and closed. The damage may be localized (focal) to an isolated area of the brain or diffuse, which means the damage is spread out over a wide area.
- Open head injuries – Also known as a penetrating head injury, this happens when the skull is fractured or pierced and either bone fragments or a foreign object enters the brain. Damage is typically localized, but the effect on the individual depends on which part of the brain and how deep the penetration is. Examples of a penetrating head injury from a motorcycle accident include a skull fracture due to contact with the road and loose debris that pierces the head.
- Closed head injuries – These occur when an outside force impacts the head, but the skull does not break or fracture. In this type of injury, the brain may be bruised, torn, and bleeding, among other internal damage. It is most likely to result in diffuse damage. Examples of a closed head injury include a concussion that results from a biker hitting their head on the windshield of a vehicle. Like the open variety, the effect of a closed head injury depends on which part of the brain was damaged.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can result in serious and life-altering primary, and possibly secondary, damage to the nervous system. Common motorcycle brain injuries include:
- Coup-Contrecoup – This French phrase loosely translates to “blow-counterblow.” It describes an injury in which the impact from an external force knocks the brain into one side of the skull then the other, thus damaging two sides of the brain.
- Skull fracture – There are several types of skull fracture commonly associated with motorcycle accidents. They are depressed skull fracture, linear fracture of the vault, and cerebral cortical contusion.
- Concussion – In general, a concussion is bruising of the brain caused by blunt force trauma to the head. It may produce short-term or long-term injuries depending on severity. “Concussion from dooring” is too common an injury among motorcycle riders.
- Contusion - Serious bruising (contusions) happen in the brain if the organ becomes dislocated or swollen after hitting the skull’s bony surface.
- Hematoma – Also known as a blood clot, swelling occurs when blood pools between the skull and the brain or in the brain.
- Cuts and lacerations.
- Nerve damage – Shearing, tearing, and ripping of the connecting nerve fibers in the brain can lead to coma or unconsciousness.
- Secondary damage – This is the worsening of injuries or introduction of new ones and infected road rash or disease. Examples of secondary head injuries after a motorcycle accident include hypoxia (lack of oxygen), edema (swelling), pressure in the skull, hematoma, infarction (death of brain tissue), and infection.
- Coma – Prolonged unconsciousness with possible long-term brain damage.
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Boughter Sinak, LLC knows how to keep your claim moving forward. We get results. Our law firm has gone up against many of the same insurance companies you are facing and come out on top.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, contact us to learn more about how the law applies to your situation and your legal options. Do not delay in reaching out. The longer you wait, the less evidence may be available. A member of our team is available to hear from you any time, day or night. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation today.