Even if you always wear your helmet when cycling, you can still suffer a concussion following an accident. Helmets reduce the chances of a traumatic brain injury but cannot prevent them entirely.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of a severe head injury and understanding your legal rights are essential when you get hurt in a crash.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
If you get into an accident on your bicycle, paying attention to how you feel in the days following the incident is crucial. Concussion symptoms can appear immediately or take days to appear. Some things to look for include:
- Persistent headache
- Confusion or memory loss
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Slurred speech or grogginess
- Trouble concentrating
Red flag symptoms include severe neck pain, weakness or tingling in your arms or legs, vomiting, behavior changes, worsening headache, double vision or seizures.
What kind of medical treatment will you need?
Concussions are serious medical concerns that require rest and treatment to prevent further issues. Your treatment needs will depend on the nature and severity of your injury. You may recover with pain medications and cognitive rest or need more extensive medical intervention. Your head houses your brain, which is central to the functioning of your entire body. Seek medical treatment after a crash to get the correct diagnosis and care.
What are your rights?
Your head injury can result in lost work time, physical therapy and other treatment needs. Motorists, manufacturers, bicyclists and property owners may be liable, depending on your unique circumstances. If someone’s negligence causes your accident, you can seek legal compensation for your medical expenses and wage losses.
Understanding your rights and options under California law helps you recover the monetary damages you deserve after a crash.