Any injury to a soft part of the body, such as tendons, muscles, and ligaments, are considered a soft tissue injury. In my personal injury law practice, soft tissue injuries make up the bulk of our cases because it is the most common type of injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident.
Insurance companies will frequently downplay a soft tissue injury saying, “it’s only a whiplash”. The fact is, if you have sustained a significant soft tissue injury you can be crippled for life. Soft tissue injuries can be very serious, even life-threatening.
Examples of soft tissue injuries include bruises and contusions, sprains and strains. (A sprain is the overextension of a joint that damages a ligament, and a strain results from the overuse of a muscle or tendon.) Herniated disks are also considered soft tissue injuries. A good way to look at it is, if it is not an injury to a bone (hard tissue), it is probably a soft tissue injury.
People sustaining a soft tissue injury usually experience some level of pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising and stiffness. The degree of pain and other symptoms normally experienced relate to the severity of the impact of the crash.
What is the most common type of soft tissue injury?
The most common type of soft tissue injury caused by a motor vehicle accident is whiplash. Whiplash injuries often occur in a rear-end accident, which causes your head and neck to move back and forth violently. This can cause the car accident victim to experience a strain or sprain to the neck, also known medically as a hyperextension injury.
Whiplash sufferers can experience a stiff or painful neck, a back injury, or problems with memory or concentration. Many victims may not feel anything until several days after the accident.
The importance of seeking medical care
Because soft tissue injuries can be slow to appear, it is of great importance for victims of a motor vehicle accident seek medical attention for a correct diagnosis. (Soft tissue injuries do not show up on X-rays.) Left untreated, this type of injury can lead to chronic pain in the back and neck.
What is the treatment for soft tissue injuries?
Depending upon the type of soft tissue injury, there are several different treatments available. They can include pain medication, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, a neck brace and physical therapy.
The importance of medical care when pursuing a personal injury claim
As mentioned above, soft tissue injuries cannot be documented by X-rays. In order to prove that a person was indeed injured, seeking medical attention soon after the accident is vital. Medical records act as evidence in a personal injury claim, making medical treatment essential.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence and suspect you may have a soft tissue injury, seek medical attention immediately and then contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Don’t hesitate to call my office for a free consultation regarding your motor vehicle accident. I can help you identify the facts and evidence of the case and give you my professional opinion as to whether you have a good personal injury claim.
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