Many people who are involved in motor vehicle accidents in the Waterbury, CT area do not suffered any broken or fractured bones but instead suffer a soft tissue injury. These injuries are sometimes referred to as a whiplash case. Sometimes, an injured party is rear ended after being hit from behind while stopped in traffic, at a stop sign, while waiting at a stop light or even on the highway. This type of impact causes the injured party's head to jerk back and forth with great force. This same type of injury can also occur when a person is involved in a side impact accident, also referred to as a T-Bone crash.
This often sudden and very violent motion, which has seldom been experienced before, results from the force of the impact. The accident causes great movement in the injured person's spine and results in multiple problems to the soft tissues including ligaments and muscles which become, elongated, torn or stretched resulting in swelling and inflammation.
It is important to seek immediate medical care after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Ideally, you should be transported from the scene of the accident in an ambulance. You will then be examined in the emergency room and may have x-rays taken. You may be discharged and told that you have a soft tissue or whiplash injury meaning that you have not suffered any broken bones. You should also be told to follow up with an orthopedic doctor if your pain continues.
If you continue to experience pain then you should call an orthopedic doctor. Many times the injured party feels much worse the days following the accident. The orthopedic will probably refer you to a physical therapist for additional treatment. If you experience numbness or prolonged headaches then you should consult with a neurologist.
A person injured in a car accident who sustains a whiplash injury may be entitled to receive some or all of the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future loss of income
- Rehabilitative care
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life's activities
- Permanent injuries or disabilities
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
So if you have been involved in a car, motorcycle, truck, bus or taxi accident or crash and received a soft tissue injury or suffered any other type of serious injury in any of the following Connecticut towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Wolcott or Woodbridge you need to contact us right away.
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