The car driver injury claim process can be a stressful experience for some people. If you have been seriously injured in a road traffic accident, the main thing that you want to do is recover and get your life back to normal. Sadly, for a small proportion of injured people this is not possible, because they have suffered permanent disabilities.
Even people with less serious injuries soon realise what a huge financial impact the injury is having and start to think that a claim for compensation is actually a necessity. This is the time to call a law firm to get some sound legal advice. Many people chose to call Accident Advice Helpline, as we have been established for over a decade and are recommended by consumer affairs guru Esther Rantzen.
Here are some more details about the car driver injury claim process.
Car accidents can result in the driver of the vehicle suffering a whole range of injuries. The most common is probably whiplash, from which many thousands of people suffer every year. It is caused by a violent movement of the neck which stretches the soft tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) further than they are meant to be stretched.
You would think that the effect would be a sudden pain in the neck, and in a small number of cases that does happen. However, in the majority of cases there are no symptoms at all immediately following the crash, so the driver leaves the scene thinking that they are unhurt. Then, the following day, the symptoms start and get worse. Symptoms include neck pain, lack of movement, pins and needle in the arms and headaches.
Many other injuries can also be suffered in car accidents, including:
- Head injuries;
- Limb fractures;
- Chest injuries; and
- Cuts and lacerations.
Injuries are caused because the energy that is lost during the rapid deceleration of a moving car is transferred to the occupants, including the driver. Airbags, seatbelts, anti-locking breaks and headrests are all fitted to modern cars to try and reduce the severity of car driver injuries.
The psychological injuries that can be suffered after a car accident are often ignored, yet thousands of people are left suffering some sort of psychological trauma following a car crash. This includes the driver. Psychological symptoms following a car crash can include:
- Intrusion/avoidance symptoms;
- Emotional distress;
- Obsessive compulsive symptoms;
- Impaired enjoyment of driving; and
- Impaired enjoyment of being a passenger.
Many people recover from the symptoms quickly, but others have on-going symptoms that last for several weeks or even months after the accident. Some require professional psychological help in order to make a complete recovery.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to make a claim.
Date Published: 16th May 2013
Author: Sharon Parry