Hit and run accidents can be very traumatic both emotionally and physically. There are many injuries that can be suffered, and if you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident, it’s important to know if you may be suffering from these injuries, as you may be entitled to hit and run compensation. So let’s take a look at the most common injuries caused by hit and runs.
Brain and Head Injuries
One of the most common injuries suffered in any road accidents is those to the brain and head. A sudden collision can cause drivers and passengers to hit their head against dashboards and other hard surfaces in the car, potentially causing head trauma.
These injuries can range in severity. This is dependent on the extent of the damage to the affected area, and how hard the impact was.
Even if there’s no visible sign of trauma, such as bruising and cuts, the brain may have been jostled inside the skull on impact, which may have caused internal bleeding or swelling of the brain.
Because of this, it’s important to see a doctor immediately after the accident, and return if symptoms such as severe headaches, memory loss, disorientation and visual problems persist.
Other injuries that are commonly suffered in these incidents are to the neck. In milder cases, victims can often suffer from whiplash, which causes neck and back pain, headaches and pain in the shoulders.
In more serious cases, a victim may suffer from cervical dislocation or a disc injury, which will require a lot more medical attention, and may also require surgery and physiotherapy.
Spinal Cord and Back Injuries
If a car has been hit from the rear, injuries to the spinal cord and back are also particularly common in hit and run incidents.
Back injuries from road accidents are often isolated to the lower back, and can include sprains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. These injuries can be very painful and limit mobility, which can unfortunately be long-term. These injuries may also take time to appear after an accident, so it’s important to go to the doctor as soon as symptoms appear.
Damage to the spinal cord occurs when displaced bone fragments, disc material or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. The results of these injuries can vary, but unfortunately can result in loss of movement or feeling, and can even cause a permanent disability.
There are many things that can cause facial injuries in a car accident, including steering wheels, dashboards, airbags, windows, car seats and shattered glass.
These injuries can range from simple cuts and bruises, to laceration and fractures and even serious disorders affecting the jaw and dental injuries.
Some facial injuries may require cosmetic reconstruction or surgery, as well as long-term dental supervision. These can be costly if they’re not considered eligible for NHS funding.
Internal injuries can be the most life-threatening injuries suffered in a road accident, and can also lead to long-term health issues.
Fractured ribs are the most common cause of internal injuries in car accidents, as they can puncture lungs as well as damaging other organs.
Internal injuries that are suffered in road accidents include damage to bowels, kidneys, the liver, lungs and the heart. These injuries can range in severity, but all require immediate medical attention, as they can have serious complications and can even cause death.
After these accidents, particularly in more severe accidents where there has been serious injury or loss of life, it’s quite common for those who were involved to suffer from some form of psychological injury.
One of the better known psychological injuries that’s suffered in these cases is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Victims diagnosed with PTSD can suffer from vivid flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, intense distress and intense physical sensations, such as sweating, shaking and nausea.
Those involved may also suffer from heightened anxiety, panic attacks, depression and emotional distress. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor. Charities such as Mind also provide support for those with psychological injuries and disorders.
If you believe you’re suffering with any of the above injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. We at AYB Law pride ourselves on offering professional legal services to those in need, and offer excellent legal representation on a no win, no fee basis. For a free assessment, contact us today on 0800 0443 495.