Bicycle accident injuries remain the top reason why children are brought to hospital emergency rooms, and for adults, the number of hospital visits required after a bike accident has doubled over a 15-year period. More people are riding bikes, which increases the risk of bicycle accidents. NPR recently reported that the number of older adults who ride bicycles has increased, and aging individuals are at a higher risk of injury on a bicycle. Medical attention after a bicycle crash is important even if the victim feels fine and can walk away from the accident. A victim might not realize they have a concussion, or that what they think is a minor sprain is a fracture.
Our bicycle accident attorneys in Raleigh and Cary provide a few key questions to ask medical staff if a crash victim visits an emergency room. These questions would also be helpful even if the victim seeks a non-emergency medical appointment with their primary care physician or an urgent care facility. Of course, depending on the severity of the injuries, not all accident victims might be conscious or in a condition where they can feasibly inquire about their own care. If you are a friend or family member aiding a recovering cyclist whose injuries were the result of another party, the questions below might help their case:
- What brain injuries are possible from head trauma in the accident? Sometimes tests for brain injuries can be inconclusive as symptoms could take months to develop. A physician might elect to keep a victim for a few days of observation if a concussion is suspected. Concussion victims could experience fatal bleeding in the skull, which is why post-accident medical care is critical. Learn more about signs of a concussion.
- What short-term and long-term treatments should be expected for the injuries? Medical staff might focus on immediate care. Once the victim is stabilized it is important to review what, if any, long-term or permanent conditions might need to be managed. If the victim will require physical therapy for months or years, the future therapeutic costs should be presented when negotiating an injury claim against the negligent party.
- Do the medical records show that the injuries are from a bicycle accident? Medical records become an important part of the case if the cyclist decides to pursue an injury claim against the negligent party. Diagnostic tests, co-payments, prescription drug costs - the negligent party could cover all of these expenses. It is important for medical records to state that the treatment is connected with the bicycle accident.
The Triangle-area has many bicycle-friendly communities and a high concentration of cyclists. If you or someone you care about was hurt in a crash while riding, learn more about North Carolina bicycle accident laws and schedule a free case review with one of our injury lawyers by completing the form on the right side of this page.