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Car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. Some are horrendously graphic, involving broken bones and profuse bleeding. Others are less obvious but are often quite painful and distressing. Some of the most common car accident injuries are injuries to soft tissues. Soft tissues injuries include bruises, sprains, or strains. Because painful symptoms are less observable, soft tissue injuries seem to be less significant. However, for many who have experienced such an injury, the pain can be substantial, and recovery can be incredibly difficult.
Soft tissues are muscles, ligaments, and tendons. In most car accidents, soft tissues are damaged. Damage to these areas occurs from the body being twisted or overextended from a significant, violent, or sudden force. These type of forces often occur in car accidents, making soft tissue injuries rather common.
Whiplash is the most common type of soft tissue injury from a motor vehicle accident. This injury is caused by a sudden jolt that results in the neck and head being jerked and violently hyperextended. This type of injury is technically a sprain of the soft tissues in the neck. Other common soft tissue injuries include sprains and strains to other parts of the body, as well as bruises.
Soft tissue injuries are not easily recognizable, sometimes they can be overlooked. In the chaotic moments after a crash, an injured party may not immediately realize that they have been injured. Overexertion is identifiable, but the extent of the damage may not be immediately apparent.
Hyperextension injuries and sprains are more noticeable. Common symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries include soreness, swelling, and stiffness. Visible bruising is another observable result of soft tissue damage. Although, bruising can be internal and less evident, so it is important to seek medical attention immediately to determine the extent of your injuries.
Soft tissue damage in the neck is especially significant. Unlike many other similar sprain injuries, the pain and damage involved in a whiplash injury may not appear immediately. The symptoms may take time to develop. Possible symptoms of whiplash include neck stiffness, sharp neck pain, back pain, and even difficulties with memory and concentration.
If you were in an accident that involved a significant jolt or impact, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. If you experience delayed complications, you should report them to a doctor immediately to evaluate the extent of your injuries. It is important to protect your health and soft tissue injuries, especially whiplash injuries, can have long-term consequences if left untreated.
Also, seeking medical attention is a good way to maintain a record of your injuries that are directly linked to the car accident. This is vital information if you need to litigate a case against the responsibility party that caused your injuries.
If a car accident has left you with significant soft tissue damage, you may be eligible for compensation for your sufferings. Our dedicated Delaware car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow can help you collect damages to pay for the costs of your mounting medical bills. Contact us online or call us at 302-427-9500 for a free consultation regarding your case. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we also serve clients in Elsmere and Seaford.