How Your Bicycle Accident Injury Type Affects Your Claim
Bicyclists find themselves in extremely dangerous situations when traveling on the roads and often end up in severe accidents. These bicycle accidents inflict terrible injuries upon riders and can leave them in very dire circumstances. Bicycle accident injuries can cause permanent damage and disabilities that can greatly reduce a person’s quality of life. This, in addition to the financial toll medical bills and lost wages take, can leave a person scrambling for some way to recover.
Florida Bicycle Accident Injury Claims
Bicycle accident injury clams give people the opportunity to do just that but the process is not simple nor is it short. In order to seek compensation for bicycle accident injuries, a claimant needs to be able to prove that they have suffered a severe injury that has left them with significant damages their personal injury protection is insufficient to cover. Florida no-fault ensures that those involved in accidents including those suffered on a bicycle have to first go through their own coverage instead of an at-fault party’s.
A claimant needs to also be able to prove that their injury was inflicted by the bicycle accident they were involved in. Defendants will typically look for an opportunity to claim that an injury was actually a pre-existing condition they are not liable for. A claimant also needs to be able to prove that the at-fault party’s negligence is what caused the accident that injured them. Proving all of this is easier said than done and the process of filing a claim and negotiating a settlement with an insurance company is another can of worms in itself. This is why it is strongly recommended that those considering filing a claim after suffering a severe bicycle accident injury speak to an attorney about their case.
Bicycle Accident Injuries and Your Case
The injury that you suffered is the core of a bicycle accident claim. All the details surrounding your injury can have an impact on your case for better or worse. Depending on things like your injuries severity, permanence, treatment, the effect on your life, etc. you can deal with varying degrees of case complexity. The following injuries are some of the most common bicycle accident victims’ suffer.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
When someone experiences a significant blow to the head that causes damage to the brain then that can be classified as a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most debilitating injuries that a person can experience yet they can have their risk significantly reduced through the simple act of wearing a helmet. A large number of bicyclists neglect to do this and end up dealing with permanent and sometimes disabling damage caused by a traumatic brain injury inflicted by a collision with a car.
Traumatic brain injuries are characterized by their effect on a person’s cognitive abilities. Those that suffer traumatic brain injuries have difficulties with things ranging from memory to even speech. Traumatic brain injuries can range widely in severity with milder examples that heal on their own like concussions to extreme examples like a penetrating brain injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Bicyclists can end up hurting their backs when they are either hit directly in a vehicle collision or when they are thrown from their bicycle and strike a static object like a barrier or the ground. The trauma inflicted on the back has a chance of causing damage to the spinal cord which can have severe and permanent consequences.
Spinal cord injuries can occur when trauma to the back fractures, dislocates or puts pressure on spinal components like the vertebrae or discs so that the spinal cord within is affected. Like with brain injuries, there is no way to directly repair the spinal cord since it is such a complex organ. Therefore injuries are often permanent. Spinal cord injuries are known to cause severe symptoms such as partial or even total paralysis, limb weakness, spasms, seizures, incontinence, and phantom sensations in the extremities.
Many people will break or fracture a bone in their lifetime which is usually not too severe of an injury. They may break one of their limbs which will only require setting the bone in a case and letting it heal for several weeks. However, bicycle accidents can cause the breaking of bones that can inflict especially severe damage to the body. Breaking bones like the pelvis can rupture major arteries and certain abdominal organs. Broken ribs have the potential to puncture the lungs and cause severe damage as well.
The Consequences of Bicycle Accident Injuries
These injuries have the common characteristic of causing severe damage to the body. The severity of an injury is a major factor when it comes to bicycle accident case value. Unfortunately, the higher the value of a case, the harder the insurance company will fight a claim and sometimes go as far as to force the matter to go to trial.
These injuries also cause varying forms of debilitation. Brain injuries can cause cognitive issues that are debilitating but not as tangible which can make quantifying the damage they cause a little more difficult to do. Injuries like spinal cord injuries can inflict severe disabilities like paralysis which can drastically increase the value of a case because of its permanence and consequently make the case meet more resistance.
Consider Dolman Law Group as Your St. Petersburg, Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
Choosing to ride your bicycle to work or for pleasure should not result in a catastrophe. Drivers have a legal obligation to “share the road” and keep cyclists safe. At the St. Petersburg office of the Sibley Dolman law firm, our team has years of experience representing victims of cycling accidents in South Florida.
If you've been severely injured in a bicycle accident because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Aggressive insurance companies often seek to settle a case quickly by offering victims of driver negligence a low dollar settlement. Before you respond or sign anything, come see us. We offer a free consultation for cycling accident victims and their families to discuss whether we can help you recover costs not covered by your own no-fault insurance policy
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