oft tissue injuries are common in car accidents. Sometimes these injuries heal quickly; however, some people face lifelong permanent problems from these injuries. Insurance adjusters often dispute or trivialize type of injuries. If you have soft tissue injuries from a car accident, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney to recover the full value of your claim.
What are Soft Tissue Injuries?
Soft tissue injury is a term used by insurance adjusters to suggest an injury that is not very serious. That is not true. Soft tissue injury generally means bruising, spraining, straining or other damage to tendons, ligaments and muscles in the human body -- the "soft" areas of the body - as opposed to bones.
Whiplash injuries are a common type of soft tissue injury. Whiplash is caused by the sudden back and forth movement of the neck and head, and in a car accident. This type of movement can injure the muscles and ligaments in the neck causing them to stretch and tear. This can cause painful muscle spasms, aching, and burning, along with headaches, and radiating pain into the arms.
You may not immediately realize you had a soft tissue injury
After an accident, your adrenaline often masks the pain of an injury. You may think you have not suffered a serious injury but hours or days later you begin to suffer serious pain. This is often the case with soft tissue injuries. It is important that you not dismiss your injuries after a car accident. You should seek immediate medical attention even if you do not think you have been seriously injured. When you talk to the doctors, make sure to explain in detail the areas of the body that hurt and type of pain you are having. This will be very important to proving your injuries and your claim.
Soft Tissue Injuries Often Do Not Show Up on Scans
MRIs and x-rays often do not show these soft tissue injuries, or if they do, the findings are not very dramatic such as swelling and inflammation. Insurance adjusters will argue that the lack of evidence on the scans proves that your injury is not serious. That is not true. An experienced car accident attorney will hire a medical doctor to explain that soft tissue injuries can cause serious lifelong problem even when MRIs and x-rays do not show any damage.
Soft Tissue Injuries can cause painful lifelong problems
After an accident, many people dismiss soft tissue injuries thinking they will get better over time. Often they do not. They can persist and require ongoing follow-up medical care, which can be expensive. These injuries can also leave you unable to do your job resulting in lost income. If you had a soft tissue injury that has not resolved within 6 months, you should not dismiss the injury or think it will eventually get better. You should talk to an experienced car accident attorney to protect your rights.
We help people who have soft tissue injuries from car accidents. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
- Evening and weekend appointments
- Home and hospital visits
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