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Spotting an Internal Injury After a Motorcycle Accident

By Hess & Nghiem on September 13, 2021

A motorcycle accident often leads to serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. The risk of sustaining internal injuries is extremely high, due to the force of impact with a vehicle, followed by the impact on the roadway. Internal injuries are not as visible and pose a danger of being overlooked. Know how to spot the symptoms of internal injuries – your life could depend on fast medical intervention.

Symptoms of Internal Injuries after a Motorcycle Accident

It is of utmost importance to check for internal injuries after a motorcycle accident. The injured person may not initially experience symptoms, but without treatment, some internal injuries can lead to disabilities or death. The symptoms include:

  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Tingling in the hands or feet
  • Debilitating, severe headache
  • Trouble with swallowing or chewing
  • Changes in hearing
  • Changes in vision
  • Dizziness, loss of balance
  • Low blood pressure
  • Passing out
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Changes in mental alertness
  • Loss of consciousness

The trauma of impact after a motorcycle accident

The severe impact on the body can lead to internal bleeding due to a damaged organ, blood vessel, or when the bones have been broken. A motorcycle rider will typically be wearing a helmet, but the impact with a vehicle and the roadway is so sudden, violent, and severe that the skull and brain are injured. A blood clot may form in or around the brain if the skull is impacted, which is an extremely dangerous and potentially deadly injury.

Types of Internal Injuries after a Motorcycle Accident

In a collision with a vehicle, it is typically the rider who suffers serious injuries, rather than the driver of the passenger vehicle. The types of internal injuries that commonly affect motorcyclists hit by a vehicle include:

  • Bleeding around the lungs
  • Bleeding within the abdominal area
  • Torn arteries
  • Crushed internal organs with damaged blood vessels, internal bleeding
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Tears or cuts to lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, stomach, bowels

The brain may be bruised in the impact, causing bleeding and swelling around the area of impact. When this occurs, the blood vessels can be damaged within the skull, and if not treated immediately, can lead to permanent impairments or loss of life.

How Can a Motorcycle Rider Get Compensation for Internal Injuries?

The long-term impact of internal injuries will vary from person to person. These injuries will typically require surgical intervention that attempts to repair the area, but the damage could last a lifetime. When another driver was at fault, you have the right to seek compensation to cover the losses you have experienced, including financial, personal, and emotional. The types of damages paid in motorcycle accidents with internal injuries include:

  • Economic losses: The loss of income from work, reduced earning capacity, medical costs, rehabilitation, nursing care, medications, transportation costs and more.
  • Non-economic losses: Pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, the long-term challenges of disabilities, emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and permanent physical, mental, or emotional changes.

Internal Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident? Call Our Firm Today.

If you or a loved one sustained internal injury after being hit by a car, truck, van, SUV, or other vehicle, we urge you to connect with our legal team at HN Injury Lawyers immediately. These injuries often lead to a lifetime of challenges, months, years, or a lifetime of medical care at astronomical cost, and the responsible driver must be held accountable. Our legal team is widely recognized as being among the most accomplished in the area. We offer a free case consultation, with no time limit, and we take on cases on a contingency fee basis – no fees unless we successfully recover compensation in a settlement or jury award.

Call HN Injury Lawyers in Santa Ana at (657) 333-5726 today for a free initial consultation.