There’s no doubt that riding a motorcycle can be quite dangerous – even with the proper protective gear. A rider can easily experience a life-altering injury if they collide into another vehicle, a stationary object, or the ground.
What is Biker’s Arm?
One of the most common motorcycle injuries that occur is known as “biker’s arm.” When a motorcyclist is about to crash, he or she often places their arms in a position to protect him or herself from the initial impact. This causes their arms to take most of the force of impact, often causing nerve damage and/or paralysis of the arms. This can also occur if a motorcycle lands on a rider’s arms during a crash.
Unfortunately, this type of injury can lead to either temporary or permanent loss of any feeling as well as loss of movement in the arms. This is because it often impacts the median, ulnar, and/or radial nerves, as well as the brachial plexus in the upper arms.
Sometimes you may walk away from a motorcycle accident without knowing that you have biker’s arm. In fact, sometimes the symptoms are not immediately felt. It can often take days or even weeks before a rider may recognize the symptoms. This is why it’s so important that motorcyclists and riders seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident. Your physician may be able to identify biker’s arm or another serious injury of which you may not initially even be aware.
Other Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Biker’s arm is just one of many common injuries incurred from motorcycle accidents. Other common injuries include:
- Road rash – Road rash is extremely common in motorcycle accidents. It occurs when a motorcyclist or rider slides on the pavement and rubs any exposed skin on the ground. This sometimes requires extensive skin grafts.
- Facial injuries – Facial injuries commonly occur in motorcycle crashes. This may include things like lacerations, eye injuries, and other facial injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries from motorcycle accidents can sometimes result in partial or complete paralysis, causing the individual to permanently require a wheelchair.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – TBIs are caused by an extreme hit to the head during a crash. It can often cause swelling or bleeding in the brain. Symptoms of TBI to be on the lookout for include headaches, dilated pupils, slurred speech, issues with memories, and convulsions.
- Neck injuries – You may experience lifelong pain and suffering if you suffer from injuries to the soft tissue or skeletal areas of the neck.
- Emotional distress – Physical injuries aren’t the only common results of a motorcycle accident. Many people involved in serious accidents experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can greatly impact just about all aspects of your life. It often requires years of counseling to overcome.
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Motorcycle Attorney who can help to gather the police reports, medical records, and the evidence necessary to prove your case.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati Personal Injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with motorcycle accidents and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!