Depending on how severe a cycle accident injury is, you may need months or years of medical care and rehabilitation.
With more than 25 years of successfully handling cycle accident claims, our team have seen claimants who have suffered a wide range of injuries. Here are some of the most frequent injuries they have come across over the years.
By far the most common type of cycle accident injuries sustained are those to the head, with data suggesting that they affect more than 40% of adult cyclists and 45% of child cyclists. Head injuries can vary dramatically in severity from cuts, hairline fractures to concussions, severe brain damage and fatal injuries.
Concussion is the most common form of head injury sustained by cyclists involved in accidents, which can cause memory loss, temporary loss of brain function, dizziness, ringing in the ears and loss of speech control. If involved in a high speed cycle accident it is more likely the head injury will be a lot more serious.
Any head injury can be hugely devastating on a person's emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as to their loved ones. At Cycle Accident Claims, our expert team of head injury specialists are on hand to make sure we get you the proper care and compensation required for you to live as normal a life as possible following a traumatic head injury. We will ensure you get the necessary specialist medical treatment and rehabilitation needed, as well as any adjustments to ensure your quality of life doesn’t suffer.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries can include soreness, pain and discomfort, which persist and include back pain, neck pain, shoulder, leg, foot hand and arm and indeed pain to any body part. The most common which persist are in the lumbar spine, lower middle or upper and the shoulder regions. In fact the statistics show that more long term impairment can come from soft tissue damage to the shoulder as opposed to fractures which can repair more completely and quickly.
The shoulder joint is extremely complicated and when tendons are torn or even just tweaked long-term consequences often follow. It is essential to be examined by a specialist shoulder orthopedic surgeon as opposed to a general orthopedic surgeon. Cycle Accident Claims have access to the very best such surgeons in the country.
It’s not surprising that the legs are so vulnerable when cycling, with roughly 25% of cyclists involved in accidents suffering injuries to their legs.
A leg injury can keep you away from your bike for a long time and potentially require a stay in hospital depending on the severity.
This can cause a great deal of stress to any cyclist and at Cycle Accident Claims we will ensure that you get the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.
Facial & Dental
Facial injuries are common following cycle accidents. In many cases such injuries will be confined to cuts, which will require stitching and result in permanent cosmetic scarring. The scarring can sometimes take the form of blistering around the neck and chin which can look like severe shaving cuts and cause embarrassment. For both men and women the psychological impact of any type of facial injury can be significant and close liaison with a psychologist and psychiatrist is advised. Scarring around the face will always attract large damages and plastic surgeons need to be instructed; the cost of private surgery is fully recoverable.
Jaw fractures and mandibular soft tissue injuries are also common and require expert mandibular surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons instructed at an early stage. If this does not happen the fractures can sometimes not be picked up.
Dental injuries will often require expensive dental treatment which can not be sourced through the NHS. Good dental surgeons who specialize in personal injury legal claims need to be instructed at an early stage. Interim payments can be obtained swiftly for expensive dental work which will avoid large bills having to be paid out which will often be necessary prior to settlement.
Broken or Fractured Collarbone
Otherwise known as clavicle fractures, these are perhaps the most common injuries sustained by cyclists. The collar bone is such a fragile bone and when cyclists come off a bike they are rarely able to protect this fragile bone and with the often ‘forward’ momentum of the fall it is not surprising. Treatment will range from simple rest to surgery and plating the bone if it is a complex fracture.
This will often require two surgical procedures. There is an entitlement to private surgery which will be paid for by the insurer.
The need for specialist shoulder expert instruction as early as possible is paramount. Too often these injuries are brushed over and not investigated appropriately as to long term implications which in some cases can be serious and long lasting.
Back & Spinal
Spinal injuries are typical of cycling accident injuries, but can have catastrophic consequences.
Injuring the spine can have large consequences making it difficult to move and can result in paralysis.
The most common types of spinal injury from a cycle accident are:
- Slipped discs
- Spinal cord damage
- Cauda enquina injuries, which can lead to bladder and bowel dysfunction or erectile dysfunction
Sprains & Fractures
Due to the nature of cycling, your limbs, knees and ankles are at risk of injury when you’re on the move. These can range from minor sprains to severe breaks or fractures.
Broken bones are a very common form of injury, however if soft tissue is also damaged this can lead to injuries such as torn ligaments.
These injuries are often misunderstood. Due to having had a bad press on account of the fraudulent claim phenomenon in the past few years the vast majority of people who do suffer genuine whiplash injury have now effectively become under compensated. Thankfully cyclists will be protected to some degree when the new rules are implemented next year. The acceleration and deceleration mechanics of an accident leads to pressure resulting the spinal column causing in many cases severe pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulder and back.The period of discomfort can last typically a few weeks or in some cases even be permanent. If the symptoms typically last in excess of two years, statistically there is a good possibility they will be permanent and in some cases having life changing consequences. Whiplash injuries can also lead to headaches and tinnitus the effects of which can be extremely debilitating.