If you've been involved in some type of accident involving a car, truck, bus or other motor vehicle, then chances are you have suffered a whiplash type injury. A whiplash type injury is also referred to as a soft tissue injury. These injuries cannot be seen on any type of x-ray, CAT scan or MRI as they do not involve a bone but rather involved the muscles, ligaments and tissue. Some major factors that contribute to whiplash type injuries include but are not limited:
- The speed of the vehicles involved in the car crash
- The force of the impact
- The way you were seated in the vehicle at the time of the impact
- What parts of your body struck what objects with inside the vehicle
- Whether you were wearing a seat belt, whether the airbag deployed
- Whether you had pre-existing injuries or conditions which might have exacerbated your whiplash injury
The extents of your injury can be minor, requiring little to no treatment. However more severe cases can require months of physical therapy, some type of surgical intervention, or some other form of medical care and treatment. Some whiplash symptoms may take weeks or even months to show up, and might become worse when scar tissue begins to form.
Typically a car accident victim will suffer some or all of the following types of injuries, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, mid back pain, low back pain, numbness, tingling, and pain radiating into other body parts. One of the most important things that you must do is seek immediate medical attention, getting the best treatment possible. When speaking with your doctor, you need to make sure that you properly detail all of the pain complaints, restrictions, limitations and other challenges that you experienced as a result of your car accident. It is not enough to say to your doctor that your neck hurts. You must be very specific in describing your pain giving your doctor as much information as you can. This will help your doctor to provide you with the best possible care and treatment. Good examples of questions to be more specific in describing your injuries include but are not limited to:
- Is your pain burning, stabbing, dull, or does it radiate into other body parts?
- How severe is the pain?
- How frequently does it occur?
- Are there any activities that you engage in that make the pain worse?
- How does your pain limit you in your day-to-day activities? Does your pain affect your ability to work?
- What activities tend to provide you with some type of relief?
- What type of over-the-counter medication are you taking?
- How does this affect your sleep?
After seeking medical attention, it is important that you talk to an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer to make sure your rights are protected. Our Connecticut Car Accident Lawyers have been representing injury victims for decades. We have written a book on Connecticut personal injury law which you can obtain for free by visiting our website. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-244-5480 and speak with one of our Connecticut car accident lawyers. You can also schedule an in office consultation where we will be happy to review the facts of your case with you in detail and specifically advise you as to what you should be doing. The call is free. The book is free. Our advice is free. If we decide to take your case, then you will owe us know legal fees unless we collect money for you.