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Brain Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents in Rhode Island

Doctor reviews a patient X-rayIf you or someone close to you sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a Rhode Island motorcycle accident, you know that few injuries are as frightening and potentially life-changing as a TBI. You probably have questions about what to do next. Who will pay for your medical expenses? How will you cover your bills while you’re unable to work? What can you do to hold the other driver accountable?

Mike and his talented team at Bottaro Law understand that you need answers and dependable legal guidance from a top law firm as you navigate this difficult time. We know how to get you maximum compensation for all your losses as quickly as possible. 

At Bottaro Law, we make it easy. We are local and love what we do in helping folks in Rhode Island communities get justice after motorcycle accidents that cause TBI. With our exclusive “No Fee Guarantee,” you can count on us to offer case reviews, 24/7 service, and effective legal representation without any upfront charges. You only pay if we win you money.

Contact us today to find out what our traumatic brain injury law firm can do for you during a free consultation.

How Our Firm Helps Motorcycle Accident TBI Victims

If you are looking for the best legal representation after a TBI in a motorcycle accident in Rhode Island, we believe you have found the right law firm. Check out the many awards and case victories Mike has won for his clients over the years. 

With the best Rhode Island motorcycle accident lawyers on your side, you can let us navigate the best strategy to get you maximum compensation for your medical bills and other losses related to the brain injuries you suffered.  

When you file a brain injury claim after a motorcycle accident in Rhode Island, it’s usually you against a big insurance company that would like nothing better than to deny or minimize your claim. Because insurance companies have teams of adjusters and corporate lawyers with well-honed strategies for paying out as little as they can, it’s tough for crash victims to fight back.

That’s where the brain injury attorneys of Bottaro Law come in. Mike and his team are proud to stand up for clients by demanding fair compensation from insurance giants. When you come to us for help, we will listen to your concerns, identify your goals, and craft legal solutions that fit your needs. Because at Bottaro Law, we believe nobody should have to fight Goliath alone.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury occurs when a forceful blow to the head or body damages the brain and affects its ability to function normally. 

Some TBIs involve direct damage to the brain, such as penetrating head wounds that pierce the skull and harm the brain’s soft tissue. Other TBIs occur without visible damage to the head, such as concussions that happen when a violent jolt to the body causes the brain to move within the skull and collide with its bony interior.

A mild TBI could result in symptoms that last for a matter of minutes, hours, or days. Moderate to severe TBIs, on the other hand, often have long-term, life-changing symptoms due to permanent brain damage 

What Happens to the Brain During and After a Motorcycle Accident?

The effects of a motorcycle accident on the brain vary depending on factors like the speed and whether the rider was thrown from their bike. Another factor is whether the rider was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.

In many motorcycle accidents, the impact of the collision jostles the brain, slamming it into the walls of the skull. That often leads to bruising, bleeding, and other damage to soft tissues, which may cause swelling and additional complications. 

In severe motorcycle accidents, blunt-force impact with vehicles or the road can cause direct trauma and penetrating injuries to the head. When this happens, motorcyclists can suffer irreversible or fatal brain damage.

How Motorcycle Accidents Cause Brain Injuries

A motorcycle accident can cause a traumatic brain injury in multiple ways, including by:

  • Slamming the rider’s head into the pavement or another vehicle
  • Causing the brain to strike the interior walls of the skull one or several times
  • Whipping the rider’s head around, either back-and-forth or side-to-side
  • Causing penetrating wounds from broken glass, jagged steel, or crushing injuries
  • Triggering swelling inside the brain that reduces the flow of oxygenated blood
  • Causing blood loss from other injuries, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

TBI symptoms vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury. It’s a good idea to seek medical attention if you notice any of the following:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Persistent headaches
  • Worsening headaches
  • Fatigue and dizziness
  • Balance and coordination issues
  • Unusual sensory issues, such as blurred vision
  • Unusual sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Problems with speech
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Sudden mood changes and swings
  • Agitation and other unusual behavior
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils
  • Weak and numb extremities
  • Clear fluid draining from nose and ears

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Some of the most common types of TBIs that occur due to motorcycle accidents in Rhode Island include:

  • Concussions – A common TBI resulting from a blow or jolt that impairs brain function
  • Cerebral contusions – An internal bruising of the soft tissue of the brain
  • Coup-contrecoup injuries – Twinned injuries that occur on both sides of the brain as it ricochets against the skull
  • Epidural hematomas – Injuries that cause bleeding in the skull, around the brain
  • Subdural hematomas – Injuries that make blood collect on the brain’s surface
  • Diffuse axonal injuries – Injuries to fibers connecting the brain’s hemispheres
  • Penetrating injuries – Injuries that pierce the skull and directly harm the brain

Recovering Damages for TBI in a Motorcycle Accident

To obtain compensation for a TBI from a Rhode Island motorcycle accident, you must prove that another party was responsible for your injury. Mike and his team can help you do so by collecting compelling evidence, such as:

  • Data from police accident reports
  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Video footage of the collision
  • Statements from eyewitnesses
  • Testimony from expert witnesses

How Much Is Your Brain Injury Case Worth?

Depending on the circumstances, a successful motorcycle TBI claim could provide compensation for the following losses:

  • Initial emergency treatment
  • Procedures by neurosurgeons
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Psychological counseling and therapy
  • Loss or reduction of wages
  • Increased home maintenance expenses
  • Assisted living facilities or in-home care