What to Do after a Bicycle Accident in Newton County
- Broken bones, including compound fractures. Some fractures need surgery to repair properly, and many victims are out of commission for months as their bones heal.
- Road rash. Exposed skin can peel off as a person skids along the road. Road rash often requires skin grafts and antibiotics to prevent infection.
- Nerve damage. The nerves in the back, neck, and arms are at an increased risk of permanent damage in a bicycle accident. Many victims need months of rehabilitation to regain functioning.
- Traumatic brain injuries. Even if you are wearing a helmet, you can suffer a concussion or other devastating brain injury. Many people struggle for months with impaired memory and coordination, as well as trouble thinking and speaking.
- Spinal cord injuries. These are some of the worst injuries. Any stretching, bruising, nicking, shredding, or cutting of the spinal cord can lead to lost sensation and movement. Many spinal cord injuries are permanent.
The costs to treat these and other injuries are often astronomical. For example, someone with a spinal cord injury can incur millions of dollars over a lifetime of medical expenses.