Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common, and there are a wide range of injuries which you could suffer from if you are involved in a road traffic accident. Here are 5 of the most common injuries caused by car accidents.
- Whiplash – the force of a car crash can cause your head to be thrown back and then suddenly forwards, forcing your neck bones out of place and damaging muscles and nerves. Whiplash is frequently caused by rear-end collisions and can lead to headaches, dizziness, muscle spasms and shoulder or arm pain. You should seek medical attention as you may need a protective neck collar and pain relief medication
- Knee injury – the knees are very susceptible to injury, and because the knee is a complex joint, diagnosis of an injury is often difficult. You could suffer an injury to your patella, the bone in your knee joint, or an unhappy triad, a serious injury caused by lateral force hitting your knee. Knee injuries can harm your ability to walk and you may need surgery
- Back injury – the lower back is most prone to injury during a car accident, and back injury can be debilitating and long lasting. Acute back pain can last from days to weeks, but chronic back pain, although less severe, can re-occur, disrupting your work and home life
- Brain injury – this could range from mild concussion to traumatic brain injury (TBI) which could lead to cognitive impairment or even death. TBI is a physical injury to the brain, which could involve bruising and swelling of the brain
- Head injury – cuts and bruises are the most common head injury, but you should seek medical attention as you could have a brain injury. Symptoms can occur days after a car accident and include memory loss, dizziness, headaches and changes in behaviour
Claiming compensation for a car accident
If you’ve been involved in a car accident which wasn’t your fault, you could be considering claiming compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number today; we’re open 24/7, and our friendly team will offer confidential, no-obligation advice. If you decide to proceed with a claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service, and because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, you know you can trust us to provide the very best service.
Why not give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to get the ball rolling on your car accident claim?
Date Published: December 19, 2013
Author: David Brown