You thought you were starting to get better, so why did you suddenly spike a fever? Why does your wound feel extra painful—almost worse than it did before—and smell so badly? Is this part of the normal healing process or a cause for concern?
Such symptoms are typical signs of infection—something you should notify your doctor about as soon as possible. Infection is a sure sign that your injury is not healing as well as hoped. If left untreated, an infection can cause additional internal damage.
While infections can occur following any type of auto accident, they are particularly common in Maryland motorcycle accidents. This is due in part to the fact that a motorcycle rider is exposed to the elements. Injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash are typically open wounds that have had contact with the gritty, filthy, bacteria-infested surface of the road. Even if the wound appeared to clean out well, tiny particles can slowly begin to infect the wound again.
You should notify your doctor if you notice any of the following potential signs of serious infection:
- A high fever or chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- A sudden increase in pain
- A shooting pain that feels different from the initial pain
- Increased redness or swelling around the injured area
- An unusually bad odor coming from the wound
- Increased drainage from the wound
- Unusual amount of bleeding
- Injury not healing or closing up as expected
When you’ve suffering serious injury from a motorcycle wreck, your medical expenses can add up quickly, especially if you contract an infection following the crash. You deserve compensation to help pay your medical expenses. Call the skilled Maryland motorcycle wreck lawyers of Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700 for a free consultation.