We talk to someone every week who has been involved in a bike crash but isn’t sure if they need to hire a lawyer. I would tell anyone who has been involved in a crash involving an injury to call us, but here are four common signs your case requires an attorney:
1) You took an ambulance to the hospital.
The sad reality that when bicycles and cars collide the cyclist loses. Whether from the impact of the car or being thrown to the pavement generally results in injuries requiring immediate and on-going medical care.
2) You were unable to return to work for a week or more.
Injuries serious enough to keep you out of work are a good indication your case requires the help of a lawyer. Being held out on short term basis often develops into injuries which threaten your livelihood or reduce your normal work life expectancy. Your lawyer understands how to recover these losses for you.
3) Are you having physical complaints which limit your activities? Do you have a fracture or is your doctor talking about possible surgery?
You are entitled to be compensated when you are unable to get on your bike or return to normal activities. If your doctor expresses concern you will need surgery or if you have been diagnosed with a fracture you need the help of an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.
4) You were knocked unconscious or you are having any of the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
Don’t let anyone down play the potential harm of losing consciousness or having common symptoms of a concussion after a crash. Often those around you may be more aware of the effects of a concussion than you might realize. Do not ignore them. You need the help of a lawyer who understands the long term effects of a concussion and how it will affect your case.