When Should I Visit the Doctor after a Motorcycle Wreck?
Every wreck, even at low speeds, has the potential to cause serious injury. This is even more true when you’re riding a motorcycle without the protective cage of an auto body surrounding you.
But what happens if you’re in a wreck, and you get up and walk away? What happens if you don’t feel any negative effects, and despite the damage to your bike, everything seems to be “fine?” Should you still go see a doctor? Let’s check in with the Car Crash Captain to see what he says about seeking medical treatment after a Dallas area motorcycle wreck.
After a Motorcycle Wreck, When Should I go to the Doctor?
You get up from your wreck, brush yourself off, and look yourself over – nothing seems broken and only minor road rash. No big deal, right? You exchange insurance information, get your bike home, and rest a bit.
A couple of weeks later, your leg is bothering you and you have a sharp pain in our abdomen. So, you go see a doctor and find out that there are some serious problems internally. You then discover that the at-fault driver’s insurance is refusing to pay for your medical treatment. Their claim: you can’t verify, without doubt, that the injury was indeed from your motorcycle wreck.
There’s no set time when you must go see a doctor (although statute of limitations in Texas is two years), but the sooner you go in, the better your medical records will be. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for your motorcycle accident lawyer to substantially prove that you were injured in the wreck, and not during some event following the wreck.
What Injuries are Common after a Dallas Motorcycle Wreck?
Most of the time, this won’t be an issue. Crashing on your motorcycle often results in serious injuries that are immediately apparent – generally so severe that you’re not even able to get yourself to the hospital, instead you require a ride in an ambulance.
Your injuries may include:
- Road Rash
- Traumatic Brain Injury (even when wearing a helmet)
- Broken Bones
- Back or Neck Injuries
- Internal Abdominal Injuries
No need to re-invent the motorcycle wheel. Check out our post on common motorcycle accident injuries to learn more on this topic.
What Compensation can I Receive When I Wreck my Motorcycle?
Crashing on your bike can run the gamut of potential compensation. It all depends on how severe your injuries were, and the long-term implications from them.
Compensation may cover:
Property Damage – Your motorcycle has suffered damage and needs to be replaced or paid for.
Medical Expenses – Your body has suffered damage and at least one trip to the hospital was necessary.
Lost Wages – A severe wreck means you’re out of work for a period of time, and you’re missing out on earnings.
Future Earnings – If you can’t function optimally, you may miss out on promotions or better job opportunities.
Disability – A severe wreck may impair your ability to walk, and you’ll have specialized equipment the rest of your life.
Pain and Suffering – Your mental health will take a toll, you may need long-term therapy, and you should be compensated for the trauma you’re put through.
A knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Texas knows what you deserve, and can argue for compensation that will help you recover as completely as possible.
Can Herbert Law Group Help with a Motorcycle Wreck?
The short answer: Yes!
The longer answer: yes, let’s talk about what happened and see what we need to do to ensure you’re treated fairly. That all starts with a simple phone call to get to know you. Call our office at 214-414-3808, or you can fill out the contact form on our website; we’ll be in touch with you.