Research by Personal Injury law specialist First4lawyers has revealed the UK’s top injury hotspots, highlighting Cardiff and Norwich as the most injury prone cities.
A total of 1,500 people who have suffered from an injury in the past five years were surveyed* to create an accurate portrait of the cities where different types of injuries are most likely to occur, visualised in the attached UK injury hotspots map and here.
Cardiff and Norwich topped the injury charts, both coming out top in three different injury categories, with Newcastle and Sheffield not far behind, coming top in two different injury categories. London, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester managed to avoid topping the charts in any of the injury categories.
The most popular injuries by city are:
- Back injury – Newcastle (19% of residents have suffered)
- Neck injury – Sheffield (12%)
- Head injury – Sheffield (8%)
- Face injury – Nottingham (7%)
- Broken toe and foot bones – Cardiff (10%)
- Broken arms and hand bones – Bristol (8%)
- Broken legs or hips – Cardiff (5%)
- Broken teeth – Norwich (5%)
- Bruised and cracked ribs – Cardiff (7%)
- Cuts requiring stiches – Southampton (7%)
- Tendon and soft tissue damage – Norwich (17%)
- Ligament damage – Norwich (10%)
- Broken collar bone – Liverpool (3%)
- General cuts and bruises – Newcastle (22%)
- Broken back – Edinburgh (4%)
Overall, the most common injuries sustained by Brits are painful cuts and bruises, with 18% of respondents having suffered from them in the past five years. Next up was back injury (15%), followed by tendon and soft tissue damage (11%), neck injury (8%) and ligament damage (7%).
The least common injuries sustained by Brits are broken backs (1%), broken collar bones (1%) and broken legs and hips (3%). Surprisngley though, 4% of respondents from Edinburgh have suffered from a broken back, a figure much higher than the overall national average. On the other hand, Glasgow is the city where you’re least likely to break a leg, with no respondents (0%) having suffered from that particular injury.
Following injury, a massive 40% of Brits were able to return straight back to work without having to take any time off, 17% needed to take up to three days off to recover and 11% had to take a week off. An unlucky 8% had to take more than a month off to fully recuperate, with 2.5% of those surveyed never being able to return to work due the seriousness of their injury.
A First4lawyers spokesperson said: “Our research has provided a clear picture of the type of injuries Brits are most likely to suffer from according to where they live. In general, serious injury is fairly rare, although the research does highlight the fact that certain injuries which can often be debilitating, like back and neck injury, are fairly common.
“Anyone who is suffering from pain or unusual symptoms following an accident or fall should seek immediate medical attention to ensure they receive the correct treatment as soon as possible and avoid doing any further damage.”
First4lawyers is one of the UK’s leading companies that provides marketing and legal services to solicitors specialising in Personal Injury law and represents over 30 law firms across the UK.
If a consumer has sustained an injury from an accident which was someone else’s fault First4lawyers will put them in touch with a specialist solicitor so they can seek redress for the personal injury they have sustained.
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