A soft tissue injury is any injury that affects your body’s soft tissues. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons and ligaments. Three common soft tissue injuries that could be sustained in a car accident include:
Common Soft Tissue Injury #1: Whiplash
Whiplash occurs when a sudden force, like a car collision, causes the head and neck to jerk backward or forward. It affects the neck and back, but it could also cause a head concussion. Effects could include pain and stiffness, nerve damage, headaches and cognitive issues.
Common Soft Tissue Injury #2: Contusions
A contusion is a bruise that occurs from blunt force or impact. It affects underlying muscle and tissue. Contusions can cause inflammation, swelling and mobility issues. Depending on the severity of the accident and without medical attention, contusions could cause permanent damage to the body’s soft tissue.
Common Soft Tissue Injury #3: Herniated Disc Injuries
Some accident survivors experience back pain. The back is full of soft tissue that is especially vulnerable in the event of a collision. Herniated disc injuries could occur when force is placed on the back and moves a spinal disc out of place. The spinal disc could put pressure on surrounding nerve tissue, causing sharp pain in the back and other limbs.
Should I Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident?
Yes. First, soft tissue injuries are not visible injuries. Soft tissue injuries could have delayed symptoms for up to a few days, which could make it difficult to identify the source of your pain. Unlike a broken bone, soft tissue injuries cannot be seen using X-rays. Since soft-tissue injuries are not visible to the eye like other car accident injuries, speaking with a doctor is even more important when you want to file a claim with your insurance company or against another driver.
Proof that you have received medical attention is important, because insurance companies use medical history to assess the validity of your injury. You should continue seeking medical attention if your injury symptoms persist.
Need a Lufkin Car Accident Attorney?
If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver or entity, contact the car accident attorneys at Mike Love & Associates, LLC. We advocate for victims of car accidents in Lufkin and the surrounding East Texas areas. You could have a viable case to recover compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (936) 632-2000 to discuss your situation.