Disability Accidents : Conditions and Statistics
Disabled World (disabled-world.com)
Revised/Updated: Friday, 27th March 2020
Synopsis and Key Points:
Information regarding accidents and disabilities including facts and statistics of common disabling injuries that occur in the home or workplace.
There is fair agreement with the present findings that serious disabilities occur in about 3% of inpatient hospital cases or in about 1% of total casualties.
However great the risks are for the average driver, the consequences of an accident are usually much more serious for a motorcyclist, often leading to long-term disability.
An accident is a specific, unexpected, unusual and unintended external action which occurs in a particular time and place, with no apparent and deliberate cause but with marked effects.
Automobile accidents claim more lives than any other type of accidental death and are responsible for innumerable injuries. The majority of head injuries are caused by road-traffic accidents, falls, sports and assaults. Accidents on the roads and in industrial environments can happen to anybody, resulting in severe limb injury and subsequent disability. Whiplash is the name for neck sprains to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spines and is commonly associated with vehicle accidents usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear.
In a U.S. study one hundred and thirty-seven patients attending hospital following road traffic accidents were contracted regarding pain in the neck between 1 and 2 years later.
- Eighty-five (62 per cent) stated that they had suffered pain in the neck at some time following their accident.
- 42 (30.6 per cent) who were noted to have pain in the neck when examined soon after the accident.
- Thirty-one patients (22.6 per cent) still felt occasional pain 1 year after the accident and 5 had continuous pain at 1 year.
Illustration depicts three male figures standing side by side; one has a patch over his eye, another has his right arm in a sling, and the other is using crutches due to an injured foot.
Statistics: Disabilities incurred by 2502 road accident patients admitted in 3 separate years to an Accident Hospital:
- There were about equal numbers of disabled among pedestrians, motorcyclists and vehicle occupants. This corresponds to the high relative frequency and severity of injuries among motorcyclists.
- Most of the serious disabilities were caused by head or lower limb injuries.
- Different severities of disability were not closely correlated with Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS), (ISS) or (PI) scores or with treatment periods but useful threshold values are described which separate groups with high and low rates of disability.
- For given severities of injury, disabilities were less severe among young casualties.
- Comparisons with other studies show rather wide variations in estimates of the incidence of slight disabilities.
- There is fair agreement with the present findings that serious disabilities occur in about 3% of inpatient hospital cases or in about 1% of total casualties.
However great the risks are for the average driver, the consequences of an accident are usually much more serious for a motorcyclist, often leading to long-term disability. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there are approximately 6.6 million motorcycles registered in America, and this figure does not include scooters. The NHTSA also reported that nearly 2,500 motorcyclists die in traffic accidents each year, and while this number was previously decreasing from 1990 to 1997, it has increased at least 40 percent steadily since 1997.
Examples of injury-related impairments resulting in disabilities include:
- Psychological trauma.
- Paralysis due to spinal cord trauma.
- Partial or complete amputation of limbs.
- Sensory disability such as blindness and deafness.
- Physical and/or cognitive limitations due to neuro-trauma.
- Physical limb deformation resulting in mobility impairments.
A loss of limb or severe disability has a disastrous effect on a person physically, psychologically and economically. Taking out some form of accident or disability insurance policy in case you need to make a claim that involves either accident or disability certainly makes a lot of sense.
Subtopics and Associated Subjects
- 1 - Injuries From Children's Toys : Nationwide Children's Hospital (2014/12/01)
- 2 - Health and Safety Issues Caused by Teens Distracted when Driving : Elsevier Health Sciences (2014/04/24)
- 3 - Seat Belts - Friend or Foe : Disabled World (2014/01/10)
- 4 - Tough Mudder - An Extreme Sports Event Where a Lot Can Go Wrong : American College of Emergency Physicians (2013/11/16)
- 5 - Amusement Park Ride Injuries : Nationwide Children's Hospital (2013/05/09)
- 6 - Distracted Walking Fines for Cell Phone Users : Young and Adams (2012/07/12)
- 7 - Texting and Driving - Teen-led Study Highlights Dangers : American Academy of Pediatrics (2012/04/29)
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