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Soft Tissue Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C. April 20, 2015

In car accident claims, the most common type of injuries sustained are “soft-tissue injuries”. These injuries are often extremely painful and unrelenting in the amount of pain they cause.

Soft tissue injuries include sprains and strains to any ligament, tendon or muscle in the body. Often they are thought of as occurring at joints; places where the body bends and moves. They can occur at jaws, necks, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, the back and spinal column, the hips, knees ankles and feet. Technically soft tissue injuries include lacerations, contusions and bruises to skin and muscles. They can occur alone or in conjunction with injuries like fractured and broken bones and head injuries.

Pain from Soft Tissue Injuries Is Often Not Immediately Apparent

In many cases, these injuries do not show up immediately after the accident. You may feel shaken up but not injured at the accident scene but miserable with pain two to three days later. When the pain and injuries do show up they can be debilitating. Some doctors who do not know how to treat these injuries or who are more oriented towards insurance companies may tell you that you just have to “wait it out”. Don’t listen to a medical provider who tells you that – there are many doctors who do know how to treat these kinds of injuries caused by car accidents. Car accidents CAN cause chronic back and neck pain, particularly in whiplash injuries.

Low Impact Car Accidents Can Still Cause Injury

Even in car accidents involving minimal property damage caused by low impacts, soft-tissue injuries can occur. The pain of a soft tissue injury can affect your ability to work. The can affect you when you lie down, sit or stand. Oftentimes the pain is unrelenting.

Scrapes, contusions and bruises of the skin and muscles range from almost undetectable to disfiguring. They can take weeks or months to heal and oftentimes can leave scarring. They can also be very painful.

Sprains Caused by Car Accidents

Technically, sprains are injuries to ligaments and can affect the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, back or neck. These can take from a few months to a very long time to heal. The reason they often take so long to heal is that the blood flow to ligaments is often low and therefore because blood flow affects the rate of healing; low blood flow translates into slow healing. Occasionally sprains cause physical disability, requiring medical attention for many years. Sometimes they result in instability especially in the ankles and knees, requiring bracing or support to prevent further injury.

Strains Caused by Car Accidents

Strains are injuries to muscles or tendons. They too are generally very painful. Strains can make walking difficult. Also, strains can make it difficult to be in any one position for an extended period of time without pain. When tendons are strained, they can also take a long time to heal, again, because of low blood flow.

Car Insurance Adjusters Try to Minimize You Injuries in A Less than Catastrophic Car Accident

When there is minor property damage to either one of the vehicles involved in a car accident, insurance claims adjusters usually argue that any soft-tissue injuries sustained in the crash were minor injuries or preexisted before the accident their insureds are liable for.

The adjuster will also try to minimize the impact of these injuries and their value and claim that soft-tissue injuries are not permanent. However, orthopedists and chiropractors will tell you that soft-tissue injuries can be both permanent and disabling. Don’t let yourself become victimized twice; one in the accident and the second time when the insurance adjusters attempts to under pay you.

Whiplash and Neck Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Whiplash and neck injuries can be especially serious. These types of injuries can lead to migraines, temporal and occipital headaches that are stubborn in going away.

A traumatic cervical facet injury is an injury is to the ligaments which bind the upper cervical joints together. These ligaments are too small to be visualized on currently available imaging studies. Therefore, their presence must be inferred by clinical complaints and the results of diagnostic blocks.

A traumatic cervical facet injury can often lead to a need for surgical intervention. These injuries are often caused by moderate to high speed car accident impacts but can also be caused by low-speed impact car accidents.

If you or a loved one has suffered any kind of a soft-tissue injury in a car accident, it is important that you contact a Texas car accident and personal injury attorney immediately. When seeking compensation, it is very important that the injury is correctly treated medically as well as medically documented. Additionally, the immediate assistance of a personal injury lawyer should be obtained. A personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Adrian Crane will work hard to prepare the documentation and evidence necessary to effectively present your case regarding both liability and damages.

If You Have Been in A Car Accident, Don’t Talk to The Adjuster for The Liable Party

If you have been in a car accident, do not discuss your condition with any insurance adjuster especially the insurance adjuster from the responsible person’s insurance company. Because the effects of the injury may come several days later, you don’t want to put yourself in the position of saying you’re not injured because you have no pain (as usual) and then two days later saying that you are because the pain finally started. Swelling which can take several days to begin is usually what starts the pain. Plus, the accident often puts adrenaline into your blood stream which can mask the pain.

Get Medical Care Then Contact a Car Accident and Personal Injury Attorney at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane

The first thing to do if you’re injured in a car accident is get medical care, as soon as you can. The second thing you want to do is contact a Texas personal injury attorney who can advise you of how to move forward and how best to document your claim for compensation.

Of course, take pictures of the property damage as soon as possible and if your injuries are visible, take photos of them. If you are having difficulty photographing your injuries, contact your attorney who should be more than willing to have professional photos taken.

Contact a car accident attorney in Dallas and North Texas at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane if you have been in a car accident and are suffering from soft tissue injuries or from any kind of injury. Our personal injury attorneys will aggressively fight for fair compensation for you. Call or contact us through the free case evaluation form on this website.