Have you Suffered Bruising as the Result of a Car Accident?
Road traffic accidents can cause a whole range of injuries, affecting virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the force of the impact. These can range from minor whiplash injuries to something more serious such as broken bones and can have a major impact on your everyday life.
One of the most common car crash injuries is bruising, which is caused by internal bleeding (under the skin), resulting in swelling and discolouration.
Bruising after a car accident is usually quite minor and will generally heal within a couple of weeks. Occasionally, however, these injuries can be more serious and may require physiotherapy, especially if the problem persists and the injuries involve ligaments or vital muscles.
If you have suffered bruising as a result of someone else’s negligence on the road, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Seat Belt Bruise Injuries
One of the most common types of bruising following a road traffic accident is seat belt bruise injuries.
While seat belts and airbags are there to help prevent serious injuries and damage in a car accident, there are also occasions when these protective devices can be the cause of physical injury.
When your vehicle is involved in an accident that causes it to come to a sudden stop, the seatbelt will lock as a passenger is thrown forward, causing bruising and muscle strains to occur in the area where the seat belt was worn.
Types of Seat Belt Bruising
Most seat belt injuries are minor and result in bruising and lacerations from the restraints, depending on the severity of the collision. Typical seat belt injuries include:
- Internal injuries to the abdomen and spinal cord (caused by lap belts)
- Bruising on the shoulder, neck, and sternum (caused by shoulder belts)
Seat belt injuries are sometimes more severe, and can include:
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal injuries
- Intestinal injuries
Making a Bruising Injury Compensation Claim
Many people believe that it is not worth making a claim for bruising as they don’t think the injury is severe enough. However, this is not the case. You don’t have to have broken bones in order to claim compensation; you can also claim for soft tissue injuries, such as bruises, that are sustained as a result of third party negligence.
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer from bruising as a result of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, it is important that you seek the advice of a specialist solicitor who is experienced in dealing with these types of claims.
Get an instant estimate of how much your claim could be worth using our Claimometer or call our road traffic accident specialists, who will be happy to advise you on the facts of your own case.
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