Can Soft Tissue Damage From a Car Accident Be Permanent?

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What you’ll learn reading this article:

  • Soft tissue injuries can be just as severe as other types of car accident injuries.
  • You could have permanent and disabling soft tissue damage.
  • Proving a soft tissue injury can be difficult and requires a doctor’s diagnosis.
  • A car accident lawyer can help you make a strong case for compensation.

You might not have any broken bones from your car accident, but other injuries can be just as painful and long-lasting. Soft tissue injuries are among the most common injuries in traffic crashes.

These injuries are also challenging to prove because they’re not as easy to see as broken bones and they’re sometimes viewed as less serious. But don’t let anyone talk you out of making an accident claim!

Your soft tissue injuries can be severe or even permanent, and you deserve proper compensation for the impact on your life. Here are some important things you should know.

What is a Soft Tissue Injury?

A soft tissue injury is a sprain, strain, or crushing injury to a soft area of the body as opposed to your bones or skull. Soft tissue injuries commonly occur in:

  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Limbs
  • Hips
  • Neck
  • Back

The damage from a soft tissue injury can cause excruciating pain that radiates from deep within the body outward toward the limbs. Plus, it can significantly limit your mobility and make daily tasks almost impossible.

Unlike other types of injuries, soft tissue injuries don’t typically show up on diagnostic screenings like x-rays and MRIs. These injuries take the expert eye of a doctor with experience diagnosing soft tissue injuries from impact-related causes.

What is the Risk of a Soft Tissue Injury Being Permanent?

There’s a significant risk of a soft tissue injury becoming permanent if the impact that caused it was severe or if the injury is left untreated. Soft tissue injuries must heal properly to prevent permanent tissue damage.

Your entire body depends on your soft tissues for movement and blood flow. If a portion of your body is impaired by soft tissue damage, this puts a strain on the body that could affect your circulation, organs, limbs, and mobility.

Some of these injuries can take an exceptionally long time to heal and may never heal fully. This causes extended hospital stays plus ongoing treatment from specialist doctors.

For example, a muscle strain injury of the hip can lead to additional damage like stress fractures. Together, these injuries are intensely painful and can add significant healing time after the original injury.

This is why it’s important not to let anyone minimize your soft tissue injuries, including an insurance company. Soft tissue injuries need expert care and plenty of recovery time.

Building Evidence of Your Soft Tissue Injury

Because soft tissue injuries don’t have x-rays or MRIs to prove they exist, you’ll need other evidence to support your injury compensation case. Here are some tips for documenting your injuries:

  • You’ll need to show that you received medical treatment as soon as possible after your accident. This prevents anyone from claiming your injuries could have been due to another cause.
  • Also, you’ll need copies of your medical records and bills that clearly show what types of evaluations you received and what your diagnosis was. Soft tissue injuries often involve specialty doctors like orthopedists and surgeons, so you’ll need their reports.
  • Continue following your doctors’ orders and attending follow-up appointments as instructed. If your doctor recommends at-home care like stretching and using a heating pad, keep a journal of your compliance with this treatment regimen because it could come in handy later when it’s time to request compensation.
  • Don’t be surprised if the insurance company tries to brush off your inquiries or minimize your claim when it’s worth more. This is a very common technique they use to avoid paying injured people.
  • Talk to an auto accident injury attorney as soon as possible. Whether your soft tissue damage is permanent or not, you’re entitled to seek payment from the person who hurt you. Contact Poynter & Bucheri Accident Recovery and let’s discuss securing the injury compensation you deserve.

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