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5 Ways Injury Impacts Women Differently. By: Kendra Long


We do not typically think about injury in terms of male or female.   Scientific literature, however, shows us that male and female bodies perform differently in crashes.   Although there are outliers, male and female bodies have different bone structure, muscle mass, and hormones. Because of these innate structural and hormonal differences, men and women experience injury and recovery differently.  Here are 5 ways injury impacts women differently.  

1.     Women are more likely to be seriously injured in auto accidents.   Female drivers wearing seatbelts were more likely to be injured than male drivers wearing seatbelts, and belted female drivers suffered more chest and spine injuries than belted male drivers in comparable crashes.  Bose D, Segui-Gomez M, Crandall JR. Vulnerability of female drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes: an analysis of US population at risk. Am J Public Health. 2011;101(12):2368–2373. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2011.300275

2.     Women experience more frequent and greater pain than men after injury.  Hoffmann, Diane E. and Tarzian, Anita J., The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain (2001). Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 29, pp. 13-27, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=383803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.383803

3.     Women are more likely to develop chronic pain syndrome after experiencing trauma. Hoffmann, Diane E. and Tarzian, Anita J., The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain (2001). Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 29, pp. 13-27, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=383803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.383803

4.     The risk of developing PTSD after an automobile collision was 4.39 times greater in women than in men.  Ryb GE, Dischinger PC, Read KM, Kufera JA. PTSD after severe vehicular crashes. Ann Adv Automot Med. 2009;53:177–193.

5.     Women experience traumatic brain injuries differently than men.  Women tend to be more symptomatic with less impact.  Multi-tasking abilities become harder.  Women are at greater risk of death from traumatic brain injury.  Munivenkatappa A, Agrawal A, Shukla DP, Kumaraswamy D, Devi BI. Traumatic brain injury: Does gender influence outcomes?. Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. 2016;6(2):70–73. doi:10.4103/2229-5151.183024. Northwest Women’s Injury Law understands that injury and recovery is different for women.  Their injuries, losses, and outcomes are unique.  As a result, their representation must also be unique.  We seek to revolutionize the way women are represented throughout the entire personal injury process, empowering them to take control of their recoveries.   If you’ve been injured, don’t go it alone. Call us at (425) 818-5331 to schedule a free consultation.  We can evaluate your case, so you can focus on recovering your health and happiness. Kendra Long Attorney at Law  Northwest Women's Injury Law, PLLC

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