A brain injury is a serious risk if you get involved in a motorcycle accident. Even with a helmet on, the crash could still result in a hard hit to the head. No matter how extensive, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a lasting impact on your life.
It is important to remember that the impact extends beyond the physical injuries and complications you are forced to endure. You could also have significant emotional and mental trauma to work your way through, and you may need professional medical assistance to do so.
For instance, did you know that people who have TBIs tend to have depression more often than those without? When you look at the depression statistics for those without brain injuries, about one out of 10 have depression or 10%. When you look at the stats for those with a history of brain injuries, it jumps all the way up to three out of 10 or 30%.
While this still shows that most people with a brain injury do not suffer from depression, it also illustrates that you are three times as likely to have these issues after a TBI as you are if you never got hurt at all. As such, motorcyclists need to be aware that one of the risks they face is coming down with a depression diagnosis after a crash.
Depression hits everyone differently, but it's nothing to take lightly. It can change your life. It's been linked to self-harm and even suicide. You may need to work with a therapist and/or take medication. All of this simply comes from the motorcycle crash, and you must know how to seek compensation.