Motorbike Accidents | Brachial Plexus Injury | Personal Injury

Motorbike Accident | Brachial Plexus Injury | Personal Injury

brachial plexus


A brachial plexus injury which can arise from motorbike accidents is an injury to the nerves located in the brachial plexus. The word brachial refers to the arm and the word plexus refers to the nerve network. This network of nerves originates in the spinal cord and then travels up to the shoulder region and on to the neck. It involves what’s termed the three trunks, upper, middle and lower, which essentially are nerve fibres. The brachial plexus is comprised of five parts, the trunks, roots, division, cords and branches.

The brachial plexus is a human nerve transport mechanism which controls the muscles to the fingers, hands, arms and shoulders.

Essentially, this is a human information system enabling us feel and move our hands, arms and shoulders.

Causes of Brachial Plexus Injury

Nerves are vulnerable areas to the body or parts of our anatomy in the event of accidents. They are essential though. Every movement of the brachial (arms) needs these nerves fully functioning. Motorbike accidents and car accidents can cause a brachial plexus injury. In motorbike accidents in particular, as a person may be thrown from the bike and the shoulder and or neck region may be impacted, a brachial plexus injury can result.

Brachial plexus injuries can also occur during childbirth.

Symptoms of Brachial Plexus Injury

  • Loss of muscle control in the shoulder
  • Loss of muscle control in the hand, wrist or arm
  • Lack of feeling sensation in the arm or hand
  • Swelling around the shoulder
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Weakness in the arm/shoulder/wrist
  • Broken clavicle
  • No feeling in the arm or hand
  • Shoulder pain or numbness
  • There may be other individual symptoms

Nerve injuries can inhibit signals to the brain and/or from the brain. The effect of this is to reduce or prevent normal functioning of the arm, shoulder hand which we all generally have without this injury. The effect of this injury is to put the human electrical wiring out of kilter.

Treatment Options

There are many treatment options which can be made available to a person with a brachial plexus injury. Every treatment will depend on an individual assessment. The area of injury may differ in the trunk region in the brachial plexus, from person to person, and so the treatment will vary. The treatment option will also vary on assessment depending on the degree of the injury from mild to severe.

Possible Treatment Options :

  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic help
  • Massage Therapy
  • Drug Therapy
  • Pain Management Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Surgical Therapy

Motorbike Accidents

An injury to the brachial plexus arising from motorbike accidents can be more common than from car accidents. In a nutshell, a motorbike doesn’t have the same protection as a car does in the event of an accident. The same back and neck protection which can reduce or prevent the possibility of a brachial plexus injury is considerably less so for a driver of a motorbike. Consequently, as road users, motorbike drivers are more vulnerable to this type of injury.

Personal Injury Claim

Motorbike accidents can be caused by many things, some being, our driving, other car drivers, other motorbike drivers, defective road surfaces, spills, junction errors, undertakings, right of way errors and so on.

We all as road users are bound to take reasonable care to avoid an act or omission that could cause injury to another road user.

If you have been injured due to the fault of another, you are entitled to make a personal injury claim detailing the impact of the accident to one’s life.

Sometimes, the non-injured motorbike driver will argue the accident was not their fault and the accident was instead the fault of the injured motorbike driver who has this injury, brachial plexus.

Any questions in relation to this, we can help. There are certain steps one must take when pursuing a personal injury claim and certain statutory requirements.

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