It has been two years since the accident on the Beltway severed your left leg. Thankfully, your body was forced out of the way, so only your leg was crushed between your motorcycle and the highway barrier. However, even though the amputation site has completely healed, you still get periodic bouts of severe pain that lead to heart palpitations, cold sweats, and chest pain. You have an appointment next week to see a doctor at George Washington U, but you’re extremely nervous about the outcome.
Could a two-year-old motorcycle injury still cause medical complications?
The Motorcycle Injuries That Keep on Giving
Motorcycles contribute to nearly 200,000 injuries every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that motorcycle accidents are responsible for approximately 15 percent of all traffic accidents and injuries. Nearly 80 percent of these injuries are catastrophic, and lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries (SCI), amputations, paralysis, or blindness.
If you’re lucky enough to survive the initial accident as well as the possible injury complications that could immediately follow, you can unfortunately still be in for a lifetime’s worth of pain and suffering. Many motorcycle victims experience pain, anxiety, and life-threatening complications from their injuries months, years, and even decades after their initial accidents. Some of the risks associated with injuries include:
- Amputations: Complications include heart failure; blood clots; infections at the amputation site or drug-resistant infections throughout the body; pneumonia; bed sores; anxiety; depression; and suicidal thoughts.
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries: Complications include bladder and bowel control difficulties; circulatory and respiratory problems; decreased general fitness and wellness; bed sores; blood clots; decreased mobility and muscle atrophy (deterioration of muscles); anxiety; and depression.
- Head injuries and brain trauma: Complications include early-onset Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia; fluid build-up; infections; swelling-induced nerve damage; cognitive problems; learning disabilities; decreased communication abilities; social problems; behavioral changes; depression; anxiety; and insomnia.
- Ocular damage (eye injuries): Complications include infections that can lead to complete blindness (even when only one eye was damaged); increased risk for glaucoma and cataracts; retinal detachment; depression; and anxiety.
Long-term Protection and Relief
When you’re a victim of a serious motorcycle accident, you could spend months in the hospital, years trying to recover, and even then, you could still wind up suffering painful complications later in life. This is why it is extremely important for you to contact an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer immediately after an accident. We’ll make sure that you not only get the proper treatment you require for recovery, but that you get the compensation you need to cover future problems that may arise.
Although you may feel alone, you don’t have to go through this by yourself. We’ll help support you through your ordeal and make sure you get the justice you deserve. Let us help you get back on your feet. Call today to set up your consultation, and take your first step towards a better future.
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