Being a victim of hit and run is a horrible experience for a person to go through. You’ve already had the stress of an unexpected accident and the expenses associated with it, and you may also have suffered pain and injuries too. For some people this makes them afraid to drive again, or can leave them incapacitated or unable to work for a while.
With deaths from hit and run at an all time high, it’s no surprise this has recently been a hot topic. One of the bigger talking points has been injuries and which ones qualify for compensation. Here’s a breakdown of 6 that you should NEVER ignore – if you suffer any of them, call a lawyer and you may find yourself awarded compensation for it.
- Concussion or Other Brain Injury
Concussion is a serious brain injury. It can be difficult to detect because there are usually no outwards signs, though the injured party will definitely know something is wrong. You may suffer headaches, an inability to concentrate or even have blank spots in your memory. Nausea, the urge to vomit and confusion are all also symptoms of brain injury. If you think you may have suffered any type of brain injury, seek medical assistance immediately and report it to your attorney as well.
- Spinal Injuries
Again spinal injuries might not be obvious immediately. In the hours or days after an accident, you may notice problems with your back or legs, whether it’s limited range of movement or pain. Whatever the symptoms are, this is definitely not something to ignore. Your spine is vital to living a happy, healthy life so be sure to get it checked. Only then can you begin on the road to recovery.
- Mental Trauma
When you’ve been hit by a car it can be a terrifying experience. This applies to pedestrians and motorists alike. Many motorists have seen their life flash before their eyes when in an accident, truly believing they are about to die. This type of trauma can leave after effects. Some people are unwilling to venture on to the roads again, or do so with a constant fear in the back of their minds. Others aren’t even willing to leave the house.
- Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue covers things like tendons, ligaments and cartilage as well as the entire muscular system of course. Damage here might not be instantly noticeable, especially if the damage is very specific. For example you probably won’t notice minor tears/bruises in knee ligaments until you attempt to move quickly or turn suddenly – at which point you might be entering a world of pain. Again this is an area which should be covered in a hit and run case, as the damage was not your fault.
- Whiplash & Other Neck Issues
Whiplash and neck problems are one of the most common injury claims. There’s a misconception that anybody can claim for whiplash and just make it up – this isn’t true, you will be examined multiple times by medical professionals, so only make a claim if it’s genuine!
- Broken Bones
An obvious injury is broken bones, yet contacting an attorney about compensation isn’t only limited to broken arms and legs. Something simple like a broken nose or broken finger will also deserve compensation. Remember, the accident isn’t your fault and you deserve compensation for the trauma you’ve had to endure.