While seat belts save lives, they can also cause injuries, known as seat belt syndrome. However, the risk of a belt injury is small compared to what vehicle occupants may experience when not wearing a seat belt. Seat belts protect you by transferring some of the force of the accident to different parts of your body. The belt often remains in place during the accident. The force can be transferred to an area that may be injured somewhat less. However, the force of your body lurching against a belt can also cause serious injury. A common sign of a seat belt injury is a prominent mark on the body.
Seat Belt-Related Injuries
The type of injuries you suffer depends on how and where you wear the belt. Seat belts can cause injuries to the neck or abdomen. Whiplash can also be considered a seat belt injury because your neck is injured by snapping forward when the rest of your body is held in place. A belt injury to the abdomen is often severe. There is a chance that you can suffer an internal injury, such as bleeding or organ damage.
What Are the Symptoms of Seat Belt Syndrome?
Common symptoms of seat belt syndrome include:
- Severe pain in the neck, which is also a sign of whiplash.
- Dizziness, which is a sign of blood loss and internal injuries.
- Labored or painful breathing and chest or back pain.
What to Do if You Have a Belt Injury
Seat belt syndrome may indicate a more severe condition that could worsen over time. You should seek immediate medical care if you believe that you may have an injury. Also, the insurance company may make the claim process more difficult if they think you did not do everything possible to get all the medical help you needed.
Contact a Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams if You Have Been Injured In a Collisions
If you have an injury from a crash, contact a Monmouth County car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams. Call us at 732-351-2800 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Tinton Falls and New Brunswick, New Jersey. We serve clients in the Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County areas and throughout the state.