Whiplash, also known as a neck sprain, is characterized by pain and stiffness in the neck due to an injury. A common injury in auto accidents, whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly forced forward or backward and then snapped back in the other direction.
If you or a loved one has suffered a whiplash injury in an auto accident caused by another driver, you are not alone. Treatments for whiplash can be extensive and costly. You may need the help of an experienced Connecticut car accident attorney to recover the compensation you deserve. Call 203-878-1254 today for your consultation.
In a typical rear-end collision, when an automobile is struck from behind, the head is suddenly and forcefully flung backward beyond its normal extension, then just as abruptly it recoils forward. The structures and tissues of the neck are then subject to all these forces. It is no surprise that the ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and vertebrae can be injured in these types of accidents.
Every year there are thousands of people who suffer from whiplash injuries. These injuries have been known to cause years of suffering when improperly diagnosed, mistreated or ignored.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The typical symptoms associated with whiplash are:
- Impaired vision
- Pain in the neck, back, arms, and legs
Often times, these symptoms show up immediately. Sometimes these symptoms do not become apparent for days or even weeks. It is important to seek medical treatment is these symptoms arise.
Treatment of Whiplash
Even relatively low speed accidents can cause painful injuries. That is why it is always important to be evaluated by a physician. With whiplash patients, the physician’s job is to diagnose and document any injuries you may have suffered in the collision. In addition, he or she can provide a treatment plan, which may include conservative measures such as rest, medications, and physical therapy.
Your physician may need to alter and change your treatment plan, or he or she may need to order further diagnostic studies such as x-rays, MRI, CT scans, nerve condition studies or other tests, which will help further diagnosis and treat your condition.
If you suffered a neck or whiplash injury in an auto accident, you may be eligible to recover damages from the party at fault. Contact the Connecticut car accident attorneys at The Penner Law Firm for your free consultation.