Leg Swelling After a Motorcycle Accident in Ocala, FL
Leg injuries are the most common form of motorcycle accident injuries. This makes sense because if your motorcycle tips over and you slide, you will likely injure your legs. And if you get ejected from your motorcycle, you could hit your legs as you land.
These injuries can range from minor abrasions to torn ligaments, and any serious leg injuries could produce symptoms that require rest and home care or major surgery.
Learn about leg swelling after a motorcycle accident in Ocala, Florida, and how you can seek compensation for this common injury. Contact our experienced lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A., or call us at (352) 351-3258 to schedule a free consultation.
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How Allen Law Firm, P.A. Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Ocala
The Ocala motorcycle accident attorneys from Allen Law Firm, P.A., have over 100 years of combined experience. Our attorneys have helped accident victims recover over $100 million in injury compensation.
Attorneys with Allen Law Firm, P.A. have earned many awards and honors, including:
- AV Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell for excellence in legal knowledge and ethics
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The firm’s legal team will be able to assist by:
- Negotiating a fair settlement agreement on your behalf
- Filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court if necessary
- Hiring experts to strengthen your claim for compensation
A motorcycle accident in Ocala, FL, can leave you with massive medical bills and no way to pay them. To discuss the compensation you can seek for your motorcycle accident injuries, contact Allen Law Firm for a free consultation.
How Common Is Leg Swelling After a Motorcycle Accident?
Research shows that 48%-59% of motorcycle accidents cause leg injuries to riders and passengers, making leg injuries the most common form of motorcycle accident injury.
Ocala, FL, sees about 100 motorcycle accidents every year, according to the Florida Traffic Safety Dashboard, which means that roughly 50 to 60 motorcyclists could experience leg swelling after a motorcycle accident in the area.
Overview of Leg Swelling After a Motorcycle Accident in Ocala, FL
The body naturally responds to an injury with inflammation, which induces swelling and elevated temperature at the injury site.
Swelling restricts blood flow into and out of the injured area. By doing so, the body protects itself, ensuring that bacteria or other microorganisms in the injured body part cannot escape into the rest of the body.
Elevated temperatures kill microorganisms, so by trapping microorganisms at the injured body part and increasing the site’s temperature, the body can stop an infection from spreading.
Swelling is both natural and beneficial, but it can also inhibit healing, slow your recovery, and spread the pain from your injury.
Injuries that Cause Leg Swelling
Leg injuries that can cause your tissue to swell include, but are not limited to, the following:
Lacerations and Abrasions
Lacerations and abrasions happen when a sharp or rough surface slices or tears open your skin. Serious injuries can even penetrate your soft tissue, such as the fat layer or muscles, under the skin. Motorcycle accidents can cause lacerations and abrasions as you may slide across gravel, asphalt, broken glass, or other road surfaces if ejected from the vehicle.
Lacerations and abrasions often cause swelling, given that microorganisms can enter your body through these open wounds.
Burns happen when a chemical reaction damages tissue. Burns in motorcycle accidents can result from hot surfaces, burning fuel, and caustic engine fluids. A burn frequently swells as the body reacts to the damage caused by it.
A road rash is a combination of abrasion and burn inflammation that occurs when your body slides across the concrete at high speed. The speed of the slide causes a friction burn, while at the same time, the rough surface abrades the skin and soft tissue.
Debris can be embedded in road rash wounds, even causing traumatic “tattooing,” where the debris permanently discolors your skin. Microorganisms on the debris often cause infection and swelling.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Strains, sprains, and torn cartilage can cause swelling. These soft tissue injuries can happen when you hyperextend your body during a motorcycle accident. The force of the accident stretches and tears the soft tissues in your leg. Even if your injury does not cause an open wound, your body will respond with inflammation.
Bones break when they are subjected to a force that exceeds their material strength. Broken bones cause severe swelling because of the bruising and internal bleeding that happens when you break a bone. Swelling also occurs when the broken end of the bone tears through the soft tissues.
Complications from Leg Swelling
Swelling can lead to compartment syndrome, in which swelling cuts off blood flow below the injury. Without emergency treatment, compartment syndrome can kill the oxygen-deprived tissue, and if left untreated, a doctor may need to amputate the leg.
Liability for Leg Swelling
You can recover injury compensation for foreseeable injuries after an accident. Leg swelling is a foreseeable consequence of a motorcycle crash. As such, the at-fault driver will likely bear liability for the medical costs associated with leg swelling as well as any income you lose due to missing work.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Ocala Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Leg swelling after a motorcycle accident can interfere with your ability to work or meet your daily needs. Contact Allen Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss the compensation you can seek with an experienced Ocala motorcycle accident lawyer.