WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SOFT TISSUE INJURIES SUSTAINED IN CAR ACCIDENTS?
Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 2:10 am
Thousands of people are injured on California roads each year in traffic accidents. Some car accidents result in severe injuries that require emergency medical services while some accident victims refuse EMS treatment. Unfortunately, some accident victims may suffer soft tissue injuries in a car accident that they are not aware of immediately following the accident. These injuries may not present symptoms until a few hours or days after the injury.
If you are involved in a car accident, it is in your best interest to be seen by a medical provider to ensure that you have not suffered an injury. Injuries that are not treated can become much more serious and result in long-term impairment.
What are Soft Tissue Damages?
Soft tissue refers to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons throughout your body. One of the problems with soft tissue injuries is that they are not visible injuries. In some cases, there may be no apparent indications immediately after the crash that point to a soft tissue injury. The injury may present symptoms hours, days, or weeks after the crash. Common soft tissue injuries sustained in car accidents include strains, sprains, and bruises.
Another problem diagnosing soft tissue injuries is that these types of injuries can follow unique trajectories. The symptoms of soft tissue injuries can range from mild to severe, and the effects can range from a few weeks of discomfort to long-term impairments and chronic pain. Seeking medical treatment is the best way to mitigate some of the potential problems caused by soft tissue injuries.
One of the Most Common Soft Tissue Injuries in Car Accidents
A common soft tissue injury associated with traffic accidents is whiplash. This type of injury occurs when the head is whipped back and forth in a sudden motion. The sudden movement can cause the soft tissues in the neck to stretch beyond their normal range causing pain and damage. Even though rear-end collisions are a common cause of whiplash, whiplash can occur in any type of car accident.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck that can radiate across the shoulders
- Pain that becomes worse when you turn your head to look over your shoulder
- Blurred vision
- Numbness or weakness in the arms and legs
- Headaches, including chronic headaches
- Stiffness and pain in the jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- Anxiety, depression, and other mood disturbances
- Problems with sleeping
- Memory and concentration difficulties
You should go to the doctor if you experience any of these symptoms or other symptoms after a car accident. Soft tissue injuries can cause extreme pain and limited mobility. Long-term health issues can result from soft tissue injuries. A soft tissue injury can impair your ability to earn a living and perform daily tasks.
Contact an Experienced Sacramento Car Accident Attorney
You may receive substantial compensation if you suffer a soft tissue injury in a traffic accident. However, the steps you take immediately after the crash can impact your chances of recovering full compensation for your injury.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website. We offer free consultations so that you can get the legal advice you need after a car accident.