The right treatment depends on the type and degree of the injury suffered. Treatments can be divided into three categories:
- Minor treatment with at-home recovery. For injuries like burns, scrapes, and contusions that do not require a hospital stay, the motorcycle rider may be treated on the scene or at the emergency room and released. Broken bones that do not require surgical repair are also considered “minor,” though they may feel anything but.
- Hospitalization or long-term care. Serious injuries involving multiple broken bones, surgery, or head or spinal injuries can require a hospital stay or even a stint in a nursing facility. These injuries often require physical therapy to help the injured person regain their pre-accident mobility.
- Lifelong care. Traumatic brain injuries, limb amputations, and other serious injuries may require a lifetime of care. You may need to make changes to your home or vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair or pay for a home health aid to help with certain tasks.
Each of these treatments comes at a cost. This is why it is crucial to consult a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident—and certainly before you accept a settlement offer from your insurance company.