Personal Injury Services – Types of Injuries

Below are some of the various injuries that can be a result of Road Traffic Accident (RTA’s)

  • Back Injury
  • Neck injury
  • Head and brain injury
  • cord injury
  • Psychological injury
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Burns, scars and lacerations

WHIPLASH

The most common type of injury occurred in RTA’s is the Whiplash Injury.

Whiplash injury is best described as a straining or stretching injury, sustained to the spine from a sharp or sudden jerking motion. The most typical whiplash Injury is incurred where a vehicle is hit in the rear, here the sudden backward and forward jolt causes strain and stretching to the neck muscles. Whiplash injuries can also be caused from a side way crash which also results in a strain on the neck.   Symptoms of whiplash injury  Whiplash appears slowly after a RTA, usually it gets worse in the 24-48 hours after rather than immediately after an incident.  The characteristic symptoms of whiplash are aches and pains to the head and neck which work down to the shoulders and then the back. Stiffness and aches after long periods of non movement are common. Raising of arm or any sudden movements cause aches and pains.   Whiplash injury treatment  Avoiding movement will cause in increase in mobility as the muscles stiffen. Therefore sufferers of this type of personal injury are advised by medical practitioners to continue movement to a usual degree if possible whilst taking care with any heavy duties. Painkillers and inflammatories are usually used treat whiplash which usually help to reduce swelling. Additionally ice packs or heat packs may prove of assistance.