People in Connecticut who are involved in car accidents often experience a neck injury called whiplash. Whiplash is a broad term that refers to several different types of injuries that are caused by a sudden movement of a person's head at the impact of a crash. Like a whip, a car accident victim's head moves quickly in one direction and then another.
The most common type of whiplash injury is a neck sprain or strain that is caused by torn ligaments in the neck. If the discs that are located between the vertebrae are torn during a whiplash incident, this could cause a herniated disc. In rare cases, whiplash can also result in a car accident victim suffering from fractured or dislocated vertebrae.
Symptoms of whiplash usually include pain and stiffness in the front and back of the neck. Injured car accident victims with whiplash may have great difficulty moving their heads without experiencing increased pain. About two-thirds of people with whiplash also suffer from headaches, and some people experience dizziness and blurred vision. The pain from whiplash may extend down from the neck to an injured victim's shoulders, arms and upper back.
Whiplash injuries can result in a car accident victim being unable to work, drive or go about other daily activities. An individual who has been injured in a car accident may seek financial compensation for their whiplash injuries by filing a personal injury complaint against the driver allegedly at fault. The victim may wish to seek help assessing the full extent of their financial losses from an attorney so that they can claim an appropriate award for damages from the liable party.