Car serious injury claim awards are the single most common personal injury claim made in the UK. Thousands of people are injured in car accidents every year and many of these have been injured in an accident that was not their fault. These are the people who are seeking serious injury claim awards.
Many who are in this situation choose to call the leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline and ask for help to make a claim for compensation. There are some injuries that the personal injury lawyers and advisers at Accident Advice Helpline deal with more regularly than others and one of the most common serious injury claim awards is for whiplash.
When you call Accident Advice Helpline, our friendly, professional advisers will assist you with our unique 30-second test™ which will assess whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. Then you can make a decision about whether or not to go ahead with a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline common car serious injury claim awards – whiplash
Whiplash is the single most common injury following a car accident. When a moving vehicle stops suddenly, perhaps because it has hit something, the movement energy of the vehicle is transferred to the passengers. Therefore, even though the car has stopped, the passengers will keep moving forward using that energy. At some point during the crash, the occupants of the car will have to come to a standstill as well. They may be stopped by:
- Seat belts – if they are being worn
- Air bags – if the collision is serious enough to inflate them
- The windscreen of the car – which may shatter
- The steering wheel – which is hard
- A road outside the car – if they are thrown out
All of these can cause damage to the human body and car serious injury claim awards can involve very painful injuries
When seat belts are worn, they stop the body from travelling forward. However, it is not as simple as that. The head continues to move and the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck become stretched beyond their normal range. This causes them to become swollen and painful, resulting in the condition known as whiplash.
Whiplash symptoms include a pain in the neck area, a difficulty moving the neck, pins and needles in the arms and can sometimes also involve headaches.
Accident Advice Helpline common car serious injury claim awards – low back injuries
In a collision involving road vehicles, there can also be trauma to the lower back and many car injury claim awards features low back pain. The soft tissues in this area are most often affected although occasionally the vertebrae (bones) and discs are involved. The overall result is a lot of pain in the lower back and this has a knock-on effect on the injured person’s normal daily life. They may not be able to work or may not be able to work for as many hours as they used to before the accident. There may also be issues with childcare and performing household tasks.