PAIN AFTER CAR ACCIDENT *

PAIN AFTER CAR ACCIDENT *

Don’t Ignore Pain After Car Accident * – Delayed Accident Symptoms

Car accidents * no matter how minor may still involve personal injuries *. Injuries can vary, some present themselves immediately while there are some injuries that don’t show themselves until days after the accident. Following a car accident *, your body is pumped full of adrenaline and this can make it harder to feel some pain after an accident. No matter how minor you may think the injury is, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately after you first notice symptoms. Some minor injuries that go unchecked can sometimes lead to more serious injuries.

Delayed Accident Symptoms

Even after you have seen a doctor, days later you still may develop symptoms. Here is a list of delayed accident symptoms * that should not be ignored following a car accident *:

  • Headache

Headaches after a car accident * can be a sign of a concussion, neck injury, whiplash. During an accident, you may have hit your head, or your head may have rapidly moved in all directions. As a result, concussion, neck injury, whiplash or brain damage may occur.

Brain injury may not appear immediately in cases where the soft tissue of the brain is damaged and cause swelling, bleeding and damage to brain tissue. This means you may walk away from the accident without any immediate symptoms. It is for this reason that if you experience headaches (which may the first symptom) you should seek medical attention immediately.

  • Back Pain

Back pain following a car accident * may be a sign of spinal injury, herniated disc, ligament damage, nerve damage or whiplash.

Herniated disc is a very common injury sustained after a car accident *. Spinal discs are round sections of cartilage that act like a cushion between the bones that make up the spinal cord. They allow us to move and provide stability. A herniated disc occurs when one or more discs are damaged.

The most common back injury sustained after a car accident * is lower back pain.

To ensure that thee injuries do not progress into more serious issues over time it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

  • Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and shoulder pain can be a sign of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the injured person experiences sharp back and forth jerking movement in the neck. It occurs when the muscles, nerves and joints are extended beyond their usual range of motion.

Symptoms include pain in the back of the neck and at times in the upper back and shoulders and is sometimes met with headaches, dizziness and at times blurred vision.

Symptoms of whiplash are generally delayed and occur within a day or so or maybe a few days of the injury. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to recover from whiplash.

While whiplash may be treated with painkillers, it is advisable to seek medical attention to assess the severity of your condition. You will also need to have these injuries recorded on a medical report when making a claim.

  • Stomach Pain

Stomach ache after a car accident * or abdominal pain may only present itself sometime after the accident and could be a sign of internal bleeding. Symptoms range from stomach pain to swelling, tenderness and bruising in the abdominal area. Abdominal bleeding needs to be treated immediately as it can have serious knock-on effects.

  • Numbness

If you experience loss of feeling in your arms or hands this could indicate whiplash or spinal injury. Neck and back injuries have been known to cause numbness in the upper limbs. This is a sign that some medical intervention may be needed.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a common form of psychological injury * following a car accident * and is something that should not be ignored. PTSD is widely accepted and acknowledged as a mental disorder, one that is treatable. Symptoms include flashbacks of the incident, changes in mood, eating habits may be affected, sleep patterns may be affected, and a range of negative thoughts and anxiety can influence the person’s everyday life.

PTSD is not something that you will notice immediately after the accident, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to present itself. Treatment will involve therapy of some kind. As everybody will react differently to PTSD the treatment techniques used will vary from person to person.

Making A Claim

1. Seek medical attention

The most important priority is your own health and safety. No matter how minor in the injury may feel it is important to be examined by a medical practitioner. A medical report will also be required as part of your claims process

2. Report the accident

Report the incident to the relevant authority – this will vary depending on the cause of the injury. Keep a record of the report as part of the claims process.

3. Witnesses

If there were any witnesses to the accident speak to them and ask for their contact details.

4. Document the incident

It is important that you have all the information available to give to your solicitor when you start the claims process. Any information that you cannot get access to, your solicitor will be able to source it for you. The information you can record is details of the accident, photographs of the scene, photographs of your injuries, witness details, medical bills, transport to and from hospital/treatments, CCTV footage of the accident if there were any cameras around and any other important information about the accident.

5. Speak with a solicitor

Having a solicitor involved early in the process can help to ensure that the claims process runs as smoothly as possible for you. Your solicitor will help you in gathering document, submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment and work with you to bring your case to a close.

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Tracey Solicitors draws on over 30 years of car accident claims * experience and has spent the past 30 years creating a system of people and processes to make law accessible to all. If you would like to talk in any more detail about your car accident claim *, call us on 01 6499900 or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie and tell us about your case and we can call you back.

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Personal Injury Claims * – Useful Information

 

What is a Road Traffic Accident Claim *?

In scenarios where a person is involved in an accident on the road * that was not their fault and sustains an injury as a result of that accident, they may be entitled to pursue a road traffic accident claim *.

There are many different scenarios that could lead to a claim, most common of which are:

Each scenario and case will be different, therefore, it is important that you contact a road traffic accident solicitor * as soon as possible after the accident to discuss your case.

How do I start a road traffic accident claim *?

The first step in making a claim, after you have spoken with a solicitor, is to submit an application to the Injuries Board for an assessment of your claim. You will be required to complete an Injuries Board Form A in order to start the claims process.  Your solicitor can gather the relevant documents needed (medical reports, Gardaí reports etc.,) do this on your behalf.

My claim has been submitted to the Injuries Board, what happens next?

Once the Injuries Board have received your application they have a period of 9 months in which to assess your claim. Once assessed, the Injuries Board will revert back to you and the person at fault with a suggested compensation amount to be paid to you. At this stage, one of two scenarios will come to pass:

  1. If both parties agree on the settlement amount, the Injuries Board will issue an order to Pay and the compensation amount will be paid to you.
  2. If either party disagree on the compensation amount then your case moves to the next stage – you have 6 months to issue court proceedings.
How is compensation calculated?

A compensation amount is calculated by taking into account the following aspects:

  • Loss of wages, if absent from work due to injury
  • Future loss of earnings, if absent from work for a long period of time
  • Medical expenses resulting from the injury
  • Future medical expenses resulting from the injury
  • Out of pocket expenses

In order to calculate compensation for you, the Injuries Board will refer to the Book of Quantum. The Book of Quantum shows value ranges of compensation amounts that have been awarded to people for injuries to specific parts of their bodies. Each of the average compensation amounts found in the book is taken from real personal injury cases * (over 51,000 in total) from the years 2014-2015.

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Client Story – Amy, Road Traffic Accident *

Incident: Amy was a front seat passenger in a car involved in a head-on collision * with another car on a country road alongside her partner and two young sons. The family were on their way to the airport in the very early hours of the morning as they were due to fly out on a holiday when the accident occurred. The Third Party was driving in the middle of the road and was said to be under the influence of alcohol. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time and the airbags deployed. She and her family were transferred to the hospital where Amy was treated for blunt trauma to her abdomen and a ruptured bowel which required emergency surgery to stop the bleeding. Her right elbow was crushed in the accident resulting in reconstruction surgery of the joint and was required to attend physiotherapy for up to 6 months. There is a definite possibility she will develop post-traumatic arthritis in the elbow. After the accident, Amy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Case Progression: Due to the complexity of the case the Personal Injuries Board gave authorisation for Amy to take legal action to resolve the claim. Proceedings were issued on the 13/03/17.

Settlement: The case was settled in the High Court on the 15/06/2018. The Third Party was at fault in the accident.

Client Story – Amy, Road Traffic Accident *

Incident: Amy was a front seat passenger in a car involved in a head-on collision * with another car on a country road alongside her partner and two young sons. The family were on their way to the airport in the very early hours of the morning as they were due to fly out on a holiday when the accident occurred. The Third Party was driving in the middle of the road and was said to be under the influence of alcohol. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time and the airbags deployed. She and her family were transferred to the hospital where Amy was treated for blunt trauma to her abdomen and a ruptured bowel which required emergency surgery to stop the bleeding. Her right elbow was crushed in the accident resulting in reconstruction surgery of the joint and was required to attend physiotherapy for up to 6 months. There is a definite possibility she will develop post-traumatic arthritis in the elbow. After the accident, Amy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Case Progression: Due to the complexity of the case the Personal Injuries Board gave authorisation for Amy to take legal action to resolve the claim. Proceedings were issued on the 13/03/17.

Settlement: The case was settled in the High Court on the 15/06/2018. The Third Party was at fault in the accident.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to do if you’re involved in a Car Crash?

Car accidents are an unexpected event and can happen without a moment’s notice. According to the Injuries Board, 72% of all personal injury claims * that are sent to them for assessment are road traffic accidents *. If you are involved in a car accident * your health is your number one priority. Take a second to switch the car off and turn your hazards on…

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How long do you have to claim after a car accident?

Following a car accident * there is a certain time period in which a person can make a personal injury claim *. This time period is known as the statute of limitations and for a car accident * a person has 2 years less one day from the date of knowledge of their injuries to make a claim *…

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How long does it take to settle a car accident claim *?

This is one of the most common questions asked by those making a car accident claim *. However, this is a difficult question to answer. The amount of time it takes to settle a case varies depending on the complexity of your case and injuries sustained because of the accident…

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to do if you are involved in a Car Crash *?

Car accidents are an unexpected event and can happen without a moment’s notice. According to the Injuries Board, 72% of all personal injury claims * that are sent to them for assessment are road traffic accidents *.

Immediately after the accident:

If you are involved in a car accident * your health is your number one priority. Take a second to switch the car off and turn your hazards on…

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How long do you have to claim after a car accident *?

Following a car accident * there is a certain time period in which a person can make a personal injury claim *. This time period is known as the statute of limitations and for a car accident * a person has 2 years less one day from the date of knowledge of their injuries to make a claim *…

READ MORE

How long does it take to settle a car accident claim *?

This is one of the most common questions asked by those making a car accident claim *. However, this is a difficult question to answer. The amount of time it takes to settle a case varies depending on the complexity of your case and injuries sustained because of the accident…

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