Soft Tissue Injuries After a Car Accident
When we think about injuries after a car accident, we often think about broken bones, head and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and other “serious” injuries. One thing that often gets overlooked is the number and severity of soft tissue injuries that can occur after a car accident. In fact, many of us may think we are fine because we suffer soft tissue injuries that we feel are minor, but a soft tissue injury left untreated can lead to major problems in the future.
Keep reading to learn about some of the soft tissue injuries that can be caused by a car accident and what to do to start building your case for compensation.
Common Soft Tissue Injuries
Here are some of the most common types of soft tissue injuries that victims experience after a car accident.
Whiplash is perhaps one of the most likely injuries a person can suffer from even a minor car accident. Most people think of neck injuries when they think of whiplash.
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that occurs when the force of a crash jolts a person’s neck forward and then backward with incredible speed. This can result in spraining and tearing of soft tissues in the neck.
Worse yet, it doesn’t usually end with tissue damage, whiplash can cause damage to the neck that can be permanent. Published data in peer reviewed medical research reveals that whiplash injuries can continue to cause pain for many decades eve despite rehabilitation and physical therapy.
A bruise or contusion occurs when an impact causes blood vessels beneath the skin to burst. This is what causes the pain and discoloration. Depending on the depth and severity of the bruise, the pain can be quite severe and it can take a long time for the bruising to heal and turn back to its normal color.
With a car accident comes the potential for broken glass and other debris. This is why accident victims often end up with cuts, slices, and other lacerations to their soft tissue, as well as puncture wounds. Glass and shards of metal can easily cut up or pierce the skin leading to multiple injuries.
Sprains and Strains
It’s not uncommon during an accident to end up with a torn ligament or severely pulled muscle. These types of injuries can be debilitating in terms of your mobility and can take intensive therapy to heal after your accident. This can make even the most basic daily tasks difficult. It can also leave you out of work for weeks or months, meaning you have less income coming in after your accident.
What to do if You’ve Been Injured
You may think after an accident that you’re not seriously injured, but it’s important to remember that even soft tissue injuries can be serious, and not all the effects of these injuries will be immediately apparent.
The first thing to do is always to seek medical attention. Your doctor will be able to treat and diagnose injuries you may not even realize you have and the more documentation you have for your case the better.
It’s also a good idea to keep in touch with your doctor as new injuries and symptoms can emerge well after the accident has ended.
Don’t Go It Alone, Call Hall Law P.A.
Now that you know how serious even soft tissue injuries can be, now’s the time to get a legal professional on your side to start preparing your case. You deserve compensation and Hall Law is here to get it for you. Don’t wait, contact us today!