One of the worst things about soft tissue injuries is that they can worsen over time. For this reason, car accident victims need to be familiar with what soft tissue injuries are and the legal protections available to them when they have suffered soft tissue injuries in a car accident.

What are soft tissue injuries?

Soft tissue injuries are injuries that occur to the soft areas of the body such as the tendons, ligaments and muscles. These injuries can worsen over time following a car accident and also be difficult to treat. Sometimes car accident victims will not realize the full extent of their injuries immediately following the car accident and will not become aware of seriousness of their injuries until some time following the car accident.

Why are the different types of soft tissue injuries?

Soft tissue injuries include sprains, contusions and strains. One common, and serious, type of soft tissue injury is a whiplash injury. Whiplash injuries occur when the car accident victim’s head is thrust violently back and forth during a car accident. The symptoms of a whiplash injury can include neck stiffness, sharp neck pain, back pain and cognitive issues such as problems with memory or concentration.

What can car accident victims do about soft tissue injuries?

A personal injury claim for damages can help injured car accident victims pursue compensation for their damages including physical, financial and emotional damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. Additionally, victims may be able to recover compensation for future medical care costs and lost-earning capacity based on the extent of their injuries and the impact of the injuries on the victim’s life moving forward. Because of how serious car accident injuries, including soft tissue injuries, can be victims should be familiar with personal injury protections to help them with the aftermath of a car accident.