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Avoid a Second Impact Injury Head Injury: A Vancouver Motorcycle Accident Attorney Shares the Details

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Our Vancouver motorcycle accident attorneys strive to help victims understand what they should and should not do not only to maximize compensation, but also to avoid re-injuring themselves.

Whether you fell off your bike and hit your head on gravel or a vehicle struck you from behind and launched your bike off the side of the road, your doctor diagnosed you with a mild traumatic brain injury.

Hopefully, you have already seen a doctor. If not, please do so right away! And hopefully your doctor will warn you about something called "second impact syndrome." If not, here is a quick introduction to the concept.

After a head injury, the brain can become very sensitive for a period of several days.

Even if you manage to “ride out” the first injury without severe swelling, edema, bleeding in the brain, or other emergency medical problems, your brain may be tender in ways that may not necessarily seem obvious to you or your family members.

For instance, some studies suggest that the brain’s glucose metabolism shifts for several days after a brain injury. More worrying is the fact that, in this tender state, the brain is at extremely high risk for re-injury. So if you get a second head bump after your first one, that second bump can trigger all sorts of serious medical problems that can lead to permanent brain injury or even death. This is why hockey and football players, for instance, should be benched for a while after big hits, so they do not accidentally suffer fatal second impact injuries.

Whether you are an injured rider or the caregiver of someone hurt in a Vancouver motorcycle crash, the McComb Witten team would like to help you. Please call us at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free consultation with our Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyers, and pick up a complimentary copy of our report, Your Family Doctor Could Make Or Break Your ICBC Claim, to understand your options better.