Monthly Archives: June 2016

Kansas Personal Injury Lawyer Describes the Most Common Motorcycle Injuries

In addition to bicyclists, the summer months also bring out motorcyclists. Kansas’ highways (especially in the more rural area) are best experienced by motorcycle (not to mention, the wind is a great way to keep cool on hot summer days. But just as motorcycling can be fun and exhilarating, it can also be dangerous. Because of the construction of motorcycles and the manner in which they are ridden, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer certain injuries than the occupants of a passenger car. These injuries include:

  • Pelvic injuries: Of course, a motorcyclist rides a motorcycle by straddling the bike. A sudden stop or collision can cause the bike to slam against the rider’s pelvis and/or legs, causing broken bones or serious bruising. Aside from being painful, these injuries can result in significant mobility challenges. Not only this, if a motorcyclist’s reproductive organs are not sufficiently protected, pelvic injuries can result in serious damage to these body parts as well. These injuries can negatively impact the person’s ability to procreate or engage in physical relations with others.
  • “Road rash”: When a motorcyclist is thrown from his or her motorcycle and skids across the road or other hard surface, the motorcyclist can suffer severe abrasions to any exposed skin. Even skin that is covered by clothing can skill be affected if the clothing is not thick enough or made to protect against skid-related injuries. These severe abrasions are most commonly referred to as “road rash.” “Road rash” is much more serious than the “rug burn” children often suffer during play. Road rash can damage skin and muscle tissue and require extensive and multiple surgeries to repair.
  • Amputation/Loss of limb: When a body part or appendage becomes trapped or crushed between two hard surfaces, that body part may become amputated. For example, a motorcyclist may attempt to swerve to avoid a collision with a car only to have his or her leg trapped between the motorcycle and the car. Amputations are (obviously) serious injuries that can permanently impact the life of the victim. Expensive prosthetics can help the victim experience some measure of normalcy, but the victim many never be as active as he or she was before the amputation.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: Motorcyclists are at a significant risk of suffering a brain or head injury in a motorcycle accident. This is why government agencies and rider advocacy groups strongly encourage riders to always wear a properly-fitted and approved helmet any time they ride. A traumatic brain injury – even a mild one – can require medical attention and treatment. More serious brain injuries can result in the victim requiring constant care and attention (which imposes a physical and financial burden on the victim and his or her family).

What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

When you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, your first concern should be obtaining immediate medical treatment for your injuries. Because of the seriousness of many motorcycle injuries, obtaining prompt treatment is necessary in order to minimize the harm you might otherwise suffer. Once medical assistance has been summoned, you can then worry about taking photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries as well as making obtaining the contact information for the other driver involved and any witnesses.

Because many injured motorcyclists do not have the time or resources to investigate their own accidents, it is important that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Kansas Personal Injury Lawyer Michael R. Lawless can assist you in obtaining compensation after a motorcycle accident caused by another person. Call his office today at (800) 734-3771 to discuss your motorcycle injury case.

Kansas Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Head Injuries

You are in the stands watching your child play baseball. Your child is in the outfield when the batter hits a ball high in the air in the direction of your child. Your child and another outfielder run toward where they believe the ball will drop. Your child’s focus and the focus of the other player are concentrated on the ball – they do not even see each other. Your child and the other player converge and collide, hitting their heads against one another. Your child falls to the ground and lies motionless for a few, agonizing moments. Then, your child gets up – a little unsteady, but your child appears to be okay. Should you worry?

Or consider that your child is playing on the community playground. Your child climbs to the top of the slide and beckons you to watch as he or she slides down. You watch with joy – then terror – as your child slides quickly down the slide. As he or she reaches the end of the slide, your child falls backwards, hitting his or her head on the end of the slide. Your child screams in pain as blood begins to erupt from the wound. Is this a cause for concern?

Children and Traumatic Brain Injuries

 Just like adults, children can suffer traumatic brain injuries as the result of sports injuries, falls, and other forms of rough play. Unlike adults, however, children may not be able articulate that they have suffered a traumatic brain injury and need medical attention. Unfortunately, failing to obtain prompt treatment for a traumatic brain injury can cause additional harm to your child.

If your child suffers a blow to the head and exhibits any of the following signs or symptoms, you should err on the side of caution and obtain prompt medical treatment for your child:

  • Your child is rendered unconscious and/or exhibits any signs of memory loss;
  • Confusion;
  • Unexplained, extreme, or unreasonable emotions or swings in emotion;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Loss of interest in activities your child used to enjoy;
  • Trouble concentrating or difficulty speaking;
  • Persistent headache;
  • Lethargy or fatigue;
  • General complaints about your child’s “head hurting”

Even if your child is not exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, if you are concerned about your child’s well-being you should take him or her to a doctor or emergency room quickly.

Compensation is Available for Some Traumatic Brain Injuries

 In some cases, your child’s traumatic brain injury is the result of an “accident” and no person can be held responsible. For example, the situation in which your child collides with another child, there is likely no legal recourse you can take against the other child’s family to recover compensation for your child’s head injury. However, if your child’s head is injured in a car accident, because of the deliberate act of another, or (in the case of the slide) because of a defective product, compensation may be available. The determining factor is whether another person engaged in negligent or reckless behavior and this behavior caused your child’s injury.

Kansas Personal Injury Lawyer Michael R. Lawless is an experienced personal injury attorney helping Kansas residents and families recover compensation following injury accidents caused by another. He will carefully analyze the facts of your case so that you can understand your legal rights and how these rights can be asserted. He will help you decide on an appropriate course of action to take if your child suffers from a head injury. Contact his office today at (800) 734-3771 and discuss your child’s injury with Michael R. Lawless today.