A bicycle accident has the potential to cause many injuries, all of which should lead to professional medical care. However, some injuries are more serious than others, with head injuries as some of the most concerning.
Here is a list of some of the many types of head injuries that can result from a bicycle accident, such as one in which you’re struck by a motor vehicle:
- Concussion: A concussion can result in loss of function and long-term side effects that hinder your ability to live your life as you know it.
- Hematoma: Also known as a blood clot or collection of blood, it’s a serious condition that can increase pressure inside the skull and cause permanent brain damage.
- Edema: A blow to the head can cause swelling of the brain. Since your skull isn’t able to stretch to allow for swelling, pressure increases and your brain is subject to damage.
- Hemorrhage: Bleeding on the brain can result in serious symptoms such as extreme vomiting, intense headaches and dizziness. Even a small amount of blood loss in the brain can cause damage.
- Skull fracture: Due to the fact that your skull doesn’t have marrow, it’s one of the most resilient bones in your body. However, if you suffer a strong enough blow to the head, a skull fracture is possible. This can result in additional concerns, such as bone fragments in the brain, swelling and bleeding.
Does a brain injury always require medical attention?
The short answer is yes. Even if you’re feeling okay after hitting your head in a bicycle accident, it’s possible that symptoms will appear in the hours to come.
If you seek medical attention, your doctor will run a variety of tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to determine the extent of your injury and recommend the right treatment plan.
Once you’re on the path to recovery, collect information pertaining to the accident, such as a police report, photos of the scene and copies of your medical records. This will help you seek compensation from the negligent party, hopefully allowing you to collect for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.