After being hurt in a motorcycle accident in Baltimore, you can find yourself at the beginning of a long road of recovery, especially if the injuries that you suffered were serious and carry the risk of a long-term debilitation. Even minor injuries, though, can still require significant amounts of medical treatment.
The costs of the treatment that you receive after a motorcycle accident form a significant portion of the legal damages that you can recover in a personal injury case, and include all aspects of your recovery, from the initial hospital visits to your very last therapy session. While the broad range of compensable treatments is good news for motorcycle accident victims, it can often take the knowledge of a personal injury attorney, like those at Gilman & Bedigian, to make sure everything is included and recovered in a lawsuit.
Emergency Medical Care
Chronologically, the first type of compensable treatment that you will receive after a motorcycle accident in Baltimore is emergency medical care. This comes in a variety of forms, and largely depends on the severity of the crash and how badly you were hurt. The most common, though, are:
- On-scene emergency treatment
- Ambulatory services
- Casting and splinting fractures or broken bones
- Cleaning wounds
- Stitching or suturing lacerations
Together, these medical services can easily run into the thousands of dollars, especially for the uninsured. Because you would not have had to pay them, were it not for the other driver's negligence in causing the accident, you can recover them in a personal injury lawsuit after the crash.
Perhaps the most expensive part of the treatment that you can expect after a motorcycle crash is the cost of the surgeries necessary to make a full recovery.
Many motorcycle accidents—but especially serious ones—cause injuries that require extensive internal procedures to correct. These procedures can be very risky, incredibly complex, and require the utmost care and knowledge if they are to be done correctly. The surgeons who have these skills expect, and deserve, to be paid accordingly, and this makes the cost of the surgeries that you need to make a full recovery run well into five figures. This is particularly true for complicated injuries that are often suffered in motorcycle accidents, like head, neck, or back injuries that frequently require dozens of surgeries over the span of several years to fix.
One kind of surgery that is commonly necessary after a motorcycle accident is a plastic surgery. Motorcyclists who have been hurt in a crash often suffer disfiguring injuries, even if they were wearing a helmet during the collision. Injuries like road rash, severe lacerations, or even badly broken bones can all leave disturbing scars as a reminder of the accident. These can bother even the most experienced and stoic biker, weighing heavily on their mind, haunting their dreams and impacting their ability to eat and sleep, and even leading to mentally-debilitating episodes of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Plastic surgeries to correct the disfigurements of a motorcycle accident can be the best way to prevent these serious conditions from occurring in the future.
Motorcycle accidents can be extremely traumatic events, especially if you suffer severe injuries in a violent or graphic way. Though many bikers might frown on the idea, going to therapy and seeing a psychiatrist can be a crucial and necessary part of your recovery process. Not only can therapy help you overcome the disturbing memories of the accident, it can also prevent you from losing your interest in life's pleasures and help you cope with your post-accident lifestyle if you suffered debilitating injuries that prevent you from doing what you love.
Many of the more severe injuries that are common in motorcycle accidents require some sort of physical therapy to overcome. While the nature and purpose of the physical therapy can depend on the injury, itself, most injuries suffered in motorbike accidents require physical therapy of some form or another, often requiring numerous sessions with a professional physical therapist for months or even years after the incident.
For example, broken bones often require physical therapy if you want to rebuild the strength that you had, before the crash. Without it, you could find yourself at the end of your recovery time, but in a far weaker state than you had once been.
Physical therapy is not confined to fractures or torn muscles, though. Even burn injuries or road rash can benefit from physical therapy: these injuries frequently end with large amounts of scar tissue building up on muscles, ligaments, and tendons. If allowed to grow, this scar tissue can drastically reduce mobility. Using physical therapy to keep this scar tissue under control, therefore, can be a key part of your recovery.
Like physical therapy, occupational therapy can involve numerous sessions with a professional therapist. If the injury is extremely debilitating, these sessions can happen on a regular basis over the course of several years.
Unlike physical therapy, though, occupational therapy focuses not on general strength building, but on redeveloping the skills you need to accomplish the daily tasks in your life. Therefore, when the injuries you suffered in the motorcycle accident were severe and drastically reduced the use you have in one or more of your body parts, occupational therapy can be a necessary component of your road to recovery.
Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most costly types of crashes that happen on the roads of Maryland and in the city of Baltimore. Motorcyclists are incredibly vulnerable whenever another vehicle hits them, and this vulnerability shows itself in the large number of bikers who get seriously hurt in crashes.
Treatment for these injuries can be costly. Because you would never have had to pay for treatment if the accident had not occurred, you deserve to be compensated by the person who hit you or caused the accident. This is where the personal injury attorneys at the Baltimore law office of Gilman & Bedigian come in. Contact us online for the legal help you need.