What is a traumatic event?
A traumatic event occurs when the forces experienced during the various stages of the collision are greater than what is tolerable or is beyond the stress/strain threshold for the specified region of the body or type of tissue. These forces may cause minor (AIS 1 level) injuries, having no risk of fatality, and at the same time may present the occupant with sub catastrophic injuries, including strains, sprains, contusions, bruising and swelling and resultant symptoms and findings consistent with a WAD. Just because an injury or the cause of a patient’s subjective complaints is not objectively seen does not mean that it doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, current technology is not sensitive enough to detect some types of injuries. More severe injuries may also occur, resulting in more obvious injuries, including fractures, bleeding, organ disruption, and death.