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Traumatic Brain Injuries from Onewheel Accidents

The Data Behind Onewheel Accidents and TBIs

The Onewheel self-balancing transportation device is believed to contain a dangerous design defect that causes it to abruptly shut off and nosedive. The unsuspecting rider is forcefully thrown without warning from the product generally causing significant injuries. Individuals who have been hurt or who have lost a loved one in a Onewheel accident are encouraged to consult with an attorney. 

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, we continue to investigate Onewheel accident claims and file lawsuits against the manufacturer, Future Motion, Inc. Dozens of people have been seriously injured by the device including some that have suffered traumatic brain injuries. If you were injured while riding a Onewheel, contact our office at (713) 425-7100 for a free case evaluation. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) from Onewheel Accidents

Onewheel injuries can range in severity, but the majority are severe. In some cases, the injuries have proven fatal.

Severe injuries resulting from Onewheel accidents:

  • A rider from New York suffered a broken arm and traumatic brain injury (TBI), after being involved in a Onewheel accident. The injuries eventually led to his death.
  • Another rider from Arizona sustained several severe injuries including a TBI, brain bleed, fractured collar bone, broken nose, and multiple facial fractures.
  • A Onewheel accident victim from Florida experienced a TBI, skull fracture, and brain bleed. A craniotomy was required to treat the victim’s injuries.
  • A Onewheel rider from Minnesota suffered a fractured skull, broken orbital bones, traumatic brain injury, and memory loss as a result of their accident.

The Onewheel transportation device can go up to 20 miles per hour. Onewheel accident lawsuits filed by BCH Law indicate that the product can suddenly stop, sending it into a nosedive and propelling the rider to the ground. The device also contains a pushback feature that can result in the rider losing their balance. These nosedive and pushback accidents are believed to have caused numerous injuries, including head and neck trauma.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

As noted by the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury is potentially life-threatening head trauma usually caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the body. In moderate to severe cases, a TBI can cause convulsions or seizures. It can also result in a loss of coordination, confusion, agitation, and unusual behavior. 

Signs of a TBI are not always immediate. It can take days for the true severity of the injury to take shape. It is important to get seen by a doctor as soon as possible to receive an accurate diagnosis. Complications from a TBI may include brain bleeds, fluid buildup, infections, brain death, and coma.

How Is a TBI Diagnosed?

A TBI should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. Without treatment, a traumatic brain injury can get worse and cause premature death. A doctor or first responder may use an initial assessment such as the Glasgow Coma Scale to determine the severity of the head trauma. 

Additional scanning and monitoring will likely be needed to assess the scope of the damage. Imaging tests may include computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Finally, in some instances, it may be necessary to monitor the pressure caused by the brain injury. The Mayo Clinic states that an intracranial pressure monitor may be inserted to help measure the swelling.

What to Do If You Sustained a TBI in a Onewheel Accident

If you were injured after riding on a Onewheel, you need to consult with an attorney. You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At BCH Law, we have extensive experience helping Onewheel accident victims nationwide. We continue to review and investigate claims and file lawsuits on the behalf of injured parties. 
Contact our office today at (713) 425-7100 to discuss your legal options. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our firm. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to speak directly with a member of our legal team.

Related: BCH Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Onewheel Manufacturer

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