19 Sep What does ‘Minor Injury’ mean in car accidents in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast?
If you’ve been involved in a road accident, such as a car accident, bike accident, truck accident, motorbike accident, pedestrian accident or any other type of motor vehicle accident, you may have been advised that you have suffered a ‘minor injury’.
Although a minor injury is generally not life-threatening; it can be extremely painful and cause significant discomfort. Due to the impact, a minor injury can have on a person’s life, work, finances, family and overall well-being, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury compensation lawyer about your rights. A personal injury lawyer will consult with you to determine and advise if you are eligible for filing a personal injury compensation claim.
Understanding Minor Injury
Most people with a minor injury are likely to:
– recover well with treatment;
– manage their symptoms independently or with some support in place;
– recover at work or return to usual activities within a short time.
There are two types of minor injuries:
1. Physical minor injury (such as soft tissue or muscular injury)
2. Psychological or psychiatric minor injury (such as an adjustment disorder or acute stress disorder)
1. Physical minor injury
Soft tissue injury or muscular type injuries are the most common physical injuries classified as ‘minor injuries’ that result from road accidents. The most common type of soft tissue injury from a car or any road accident is ‘whiplash’. Whiplash, a non-medical term, is used to describe neck pain that is caused by a road accident where, because of the impact, the neck is extended beyond its typical range of motion causing abrupt forward/backward movement to the spine.
A ‘whiplash’, although classified as a minor injury can cause significant pain and disability.
Symptoms of whiplash could include:
1. Neck pain and stiffness
2. Loss of range of motion in the neck
3. Shoulder pain, stiffness and/or tenderness
5. Ringing in the ear/s (tinnitus)
7. Dizziness including blurred vision
8. Sleep disturbances
2. Psychological or psychiatric minor injury
Psychological minor injury generally involves experiencing changes in mood and behaviour as a result of being involved in or witnessing, a traumatic event, such as a car accident.
The two most commonly reported types of psychological or psychiatric minor injuries from car accidents are adjustment disorder or acute stress disorder.
Why minor injuries should never be ignored
If there is no sign of physical damage following a car accident, the first thing most people think is that they got lucky. However, sometimes, particularly following a road accident, injuries and symptoms do not show up for days, weeks and in some rare cases even months after an accident.
The earlier explained neck injury‘whiplash’ is one example where chronic pain can develop weeks after the accident had taken place. The victim may not feel any pain or tenderness right after the accident but several days (or weeks) later the pain starts and worsens. The pain can be so severe that many victims are required to take time off work and their usual daily activities to recover.
In Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, most personal injury compensation lawyers observe whiplash and minor injuries as one of the most common injuries reported following a road accident.
Do not self assess your injuries
The message is clear that what you may see as a minor injury could turn serious later on.
After seeking medical advice, it is also important to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer about your rights and eligibility for a compensation claim.
If you think you might have a case, contact Vilic Law for a free initial over the phone consultation with a senior solicitor today on 1300 647 427.