What you’ll learn reading this article:
- After a car accident, it’s common to have soft tissue injuries.
- These injuries can be extremely painful and long-lasting.
- It’s important to seek urgent medical care, then contact a personal injury attorney.
Soft tissue injuries are some of the most common injuries from car accidents. They involve damage to “soft” areas of the body, like tissue and muscles, as opposed to “hard” injuries like broken bones and traumatic brain injuries.
When you have a soft tissue injury, the damage might not be apparent immediately after your accident. You might notice some pain in the hours following the impact, then experience an increase to a severe throbbing and stabbing sensation in the days afterward.
For example, whiplash is a form of soft tissue injury that is known for building in severity. Whiplash occurs when the head and shoulders are quickly forced one direction, then yanked back in the opposite direction. Medical experts have found that the symptoms of whiplash can persist and/or worsen for more than a year in up to 50% of patients.
After an accident, seek medical care for your injuries. A doctor may need to perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a computed tomography (CT) scan or an X-ray, in addition to observing the symptoms of your injury over time.
Car Accidents Cause Many Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
Certain types of soft tissue injuries are most commonly associated with car accidents. You may have:
- Whiplash – After your neck snaps back and forth, you may have persistent pain, stiffness, and soreness. Without proper physical therapy, some people experience a long-term reduced range of neck motion from whiplash.
- Lacerations – These are deep cuts and gashes that destroy the integrity of the skin. They commonly occur when metal or plastic from a vehicle tears into your body during a crash.
- Contusions – Bruises and wounds can occur on almost any part of your body. These contusions often come from hitting the steering wheel or car door. People also get deep internal wounds from the car’s airbag or from hitting objects that are in the car at the time of the crash.
- Strains and sprains – When your ligaments stretch and/or tear, you have this type of injury. An overextension of a joint is particularly painful and can take a long time to heal.
- Pinched nerves – If a strain occurs within a tendon or muscle, it could put pressure on your nerve and cause it to be pinched or compressed.
- Torn rotator cuff – Inside your shoulder is a complex structure known as the rotator cuff. When the muscle or tendon is damaged here, your shoulder joint becomes painful, inflamed, and possibly immobile.
- Anterior cruciate ligament – This is the technical term for the part of the knee that allows you to move your lower leg. A tear or stretch here can severely limit your range of motion,
- Hernia – When an organ moves and protrudes through one of the body’s cavity walls, this is known as a hernia. It’s an urgent medical concern that must be addressed immediately.
- Tendonitis and bursitis – These are forms of long-term inflammation that can occur after injuries. They typically occur in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, and foot, and may require surgery to resolve.
Act Quickly to Address Soft Tissue Injuries
If you’re injured in a car accident, see a medical professional as soon as possible for an evaluation of your injuries. Because soft tissue damage can be difficult to detect – even with an MRI, CT scan, or X-ray – doctors often make a symptomatic diagnosis, or a diagnosis based on your symptoms. Be sure to describe the accident to your doctor, including exactly where impacts took place on your body and where you feel pain.
After securing urgent medical assistance, contact a qualified personal injury attorney who can help you build a legal case against the person responsible for your accident. If someone pressures you to agree to a settlement right away, don’t do it until you speak to your attorney.
Your medical bills could include months of physical therapy and aftercare. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve, put the blame where it belongs, and find peace of mind as you heal from your car accident.
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