Unfortunately, road traffic accidents happen too often. Whether suffering an injury following a car accident means taking time off work, affects your ability to carry out simple daily tasks, or changes your overall quality of life, any personal injury should be seen to and treated with professional help and care immediately. Some common injuries like whiplash, concussion, or back injuries that were sustained from an accident, can sometimes be tricky to spot, particularly if the signs aren’t so obvious.
Whiplash usually occurs when immediate movement of the head forwards, backwards, or sideways stretches and/or damages soft tissues in the neck, causing a sprain. The sprain injury tends to improve within a few months or even weeks, however, some people can experience whiplash that lasts longer and, in turn, majorly limits their day-to-day activities.
Symptoms displayed by the relatively common injury include tenderness and discomfort in the neck, stiffness or immobility in the neck, jaw pain, swelling, pain that extends to the shoulders and arms, muscle spasms, dizziness or disorientation and much more. The symptoms of whiplash can take up to 12 hours to develop; therefore at times, an individual may think that they are not suffering from whiplash when, in fact, they are.
How will you be able to tell that the vehicle you were in was hit with enough force to give you whiplash? Almost any great impact will affect the strength and movement of your neck muscles, the question is what else took place to make the accident happen? If you think another driver was negligent in causing this, then get in touch with us today and you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Generally, concussion and other minor and major head injuries are associated with a forceful bump on the head, however, it is actually possible to suffer a concussion without hitting your head on anything or being hit by something.
If your head injury is severe enough to make your brain bump against the skull, it could be the cause of concussion and/or further serious head traumas. Regardless of the severity, more often than not, concussion requires medical attention. Signs and symptoms of concussion are similar to those of whiplash, although they are not 100% the same. Just like whiplash, with a concussion, you might experience dizziness and have headaches. You may also experience confusion after suffering a concussion and might not be able to recollect the event in which you sustained the head injury. Moreover, it is not uncommon to temporarily lose consciousness and experience vomiting, fatigue, nausea, difficulty when answering questions and slurred speech.
A concussion is similar to whiplash in the sense that some symptoms may not immediately make themselves known. You may have difficulty sleeping or remembering what happened, feel irritable, have trouble with your sense of smell and taste, and it is even possible to experience depression.
Traumatic injuries to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your spine and back can be caused by the sharp, sudden and unexpected movements of a forceful road traffic accident. You may not immediately be aware of it, but soreness in your back area within a few days of your car accident might be a clue as to whether you have sustained a personal injury that requires professional care.
Seeking medical attention straight away is important for all three of these types of personal injuries, or any others that you may have suffered. It is possible for mild concussions to improve on their own with a substantial amount of care at home, although if you’re ever in doubt about the severity of your injury, you should visit your local GP as soon as possible. If you are unable to seek help from your doctor due to it being out of hours, and your symptoms are severe, you can visit your nearest A&E department.
If you are experiencing symptoms of any of the injuries mentioned above, and you think that the injury is a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Cute Injury today to talk to one of our expert advisors about how we may be able to take on your claim on a No Win No Fee* basis.