Serious Injuries

In 2015 there were over 22,000 serious injuries caused on UK roads. Such serious injuries include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, multiple fractures, pelvis and urological problems and psychological problems. These are by no means an exhaustive or an exclusive list, but it indicates the diverse range of injuries which can occur. No one crash is ever the same.

After the initial hospital admission, returning home can be difficult. As well as physical changes and the need for potential adaptations, there will be emotional difficulties including adjusting to life with injuries, potentially returning to work and the change of roles within the home (for example, a partner taking a more ‘carer’ role).

You should liaise with your local Council’s Adult Services Department. Skilled personnel will be able to attend homes prior to a discharge from hospital and ensure that additional equipment and support are provided.

It is important to receive the right rehabilitation to help you minimise the negative impact of your injuries. As well as support from the NHS, you may also be able to access support through charities or in the private sector (for example, through a legal claim; please see our section on Legal Help).

Other charities which may be able to help you are the following:

Headway – The Brain Injury Association: This is a charity which supports brain injury survivors and their family and friends. There are groups and branches across the county, some of which are charities in their own right acting under the umbrella of the national charity: headway.org.uk

Limbless Association: The Limbless Association seeks to provide information and support to UK amputees the limb loss community.
limbless-association.org

The Spinal Injuries Association: This is a user-led charity which aims to support all those affected by spinal cord injuries, and advising and campaigning on their behalf. spinal.co.uk

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