If you or a loved one suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a motorcycle accident, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention. An experienced doctor will assess your injury, order the appropriate tests and implement a treatment plan that gives you the best chance of making a full recovery.
While not always the case, surgery may be necessary to treat your injury. This is typically suggested to address one or more of the following health concerns:
- Bleeding in the brain: A traumatic brain injury has the potential to cause bleeding in the brain, which is an emergency situation that requires immediate surgery. If the bleeding isn't stopped in a timely manner, it will result in irreparable damage or death.
- Repairing a skull fracture: A severe skull fracture typically requires surgery. The same holds true if there are bone fragments lodged within the brain.
- Too much pressure: A traumatic brain injury can result in increased pressured in your skull. Opening a "window" by allowing surgeons to cut and remove a piece of bone relieves some pressure, while also giving your doctor the opportunity to drain cerebral spinal fluid.
- Blood clot: A blood clot in the brain can damage tissue and cause unnecessarily high pressure. If not immediately treated, it can result in brain damage or death.
If you suspect any type of brain injury, don't wait to seek medical care. There's a very good chance that surgery is required to stabilize your condition. And the sooner you're stabilized, the greater chance you have of making a full recovery.
When possible, revisit the cause of the accident. This may lead you to seek compensation from the party responsible for causing your injuries.