While it wouldn’t be technically correct to say other drivers are responsible for your safety when you travel Ohio roadways, it’s a fact that every licensed driver is legally obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations. Therefore, if a nearby driver is negligent, it places you and all others in the vicinity at risk for serious injury.
Many Ohio motor vehicle accidents result in neck or spinal injuries. Traumatic cervical syndrome (TCS) is a neck injury-induced biological and neurological problem. It doesn’t necessarily require severe neck trauma to occur, and also doesn’t mean that the sudden impact of a particular collision had to cause a whipping motion of the neck. If you’re involved in a collision, it’s critical that you know where to seek support, especially if you’re experiencing TCS symptoms.
What are those symptoms?
Classification of TCS includes various stages of severity. Certain symptoms, such as dizziness, headache, ringing in the ear, trouble swallowing or jaw pain can occur at any stage. You might even experience memory loss after a collision that can be suggestive of traumatic cervical syndrome.
Chances of this type of injury occurring
When two vehicles collide, there is definite sudden impact, and you are at risk for any and all blunt force trauma injuries. TCS can occur regardless of what type of collision it was, meaning a t-bone crash, head-on or other. However, it’s well known that this specific type of injury often occurs in rear-end collisions. Again, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to suffer TCS in other types of collisions, only that it’s common for rear-end collisions to result in TCS.
How soon do symptoms show?
No two patients experience TCS in exactly the same way. If a motor vehicle collision caused your injury, one of the highest priorities in the aftermath is seeking medical examination, no matter how you happen to feel. Symptoms of TCS aren’t always immediately apparent. You might initially feel only minor discomfort after a crash, then realize you’re not feeling as well as you thought after six or so hours pass.
In fact, many accident victims don’t develop TCS symptoms for 24 hours or longer. Most people will feel some sort of discomfort or notice symptoms within 72 hours, however.
Short-term and long-term consequences
No one likes pain. The most immediate repercussion of suffering a TCS injury in a collision is physical pain. A doctor might prescribe strong pain medications to help alleviate your discomfort. If your injury is severe, it could change the rest of your life. Perhaps you would no longer be able to work. You might also need daily living assistance.
Whether TCS presents in a lesser degree or worst-case scenario, you shouldn’t have to be fully responsible for the financial expenses associated with your injuries if another person’s negligence was the causal factor. Many Ohio accident victims seek financial recovery for their losses, then use court-awarded compensation to offset medical expenses and other costs related to their injuries.