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What are the differences between a “serious” and “slight” injury/casualty?

The Department for Transport provide example of serious and slight casualties:

Examples of ‘Serious’ injury are:

  • Fracture
  • Internal injury
  • Severe cuts
  • Crushing
  • Burns (excluding friction burns)
  • Concussion
  • Severe general shock requiring hospital treatment
  • Detention in hospital as an in-patient, either immediately or later
  • Injuries to casualties who die 30 or more days after the accident from injuries sustained in that accident.

Examples of ‘Slight’ injury are:

  • Sprains, not necessarily requiring medical treatment
  • Neck whiplash injury
  • Bruises
  • Slight cuts
  • Slight shock requiring roadside attention. (Persons who are merely shaken and who have no other injury should not be included unless they receive or appear to need medical treatment).

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