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Traumatic brain injuries and how to handle them

When Louisiana bicyclists and motorcyclists are involved in accidents with motor vehicles, they have a high risk of suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It is important for people to understand what to do if a traumatic brain injury is suspected as early treatment may help to prevent secondary conditions and worsened prognoses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.5 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year, and many of the injuries happen when cyclists are struck by motor vehicles. An early diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury can help to improve the person's prognosis and recovery. Experts say that free radicals that are released when people suffer from TBIs may cause additional damage to the brain. Getting prompt treatment can help to prevent this from occurring.

Mild TBIs are often treated with rest, monitoring and pain relievers. More severe TBIs often require hospital stays. People may be given anti-seizure drugs and diuretics. They may require monitoring, testing, surgery and ongoing rehabilitation so that they can regain their ability to complete the tasks of daily living.

Bicyclists and motorcyclists have higher risks for suffering from head injuries in accidents because they are largely unprotected and do not have the steel cage around them that car occupants do. Those who are severely injured in an accident with a motor vehicle may be left with life-altering disabilities, and in some cases they are unable to ever return to gainful employment. If the accident was caused by the negligence of the motor vehicle driver, an attorney representing an injured victim could be of assistance in seeking compensation for these and other losses.

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