The Issue Of Soft Tissue Injuries In Car Accidents
Individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents may sustain a variety of injuries ranging from minor injuries to critical or fatal injuries. People generally believe that high-impact collisions are the only ones that result in serious injuries but this is not always the case. Victims of low-impact collisions sometimes suffer from debilitating injuries. The human body is a composed of complex constituents that include vulnerable soft tissue in muscles, tendons and ligaments. There are 2 basic categories of soft tissue injuries that are acute injuries and overuse injuries. Acute injuries are caused by sudden trauma, such as a fall, twist or blow to the body. Examples can include contusions, sprains and strains. Overuse injuries gradually develop as a result of repetitive athletic activity or other physical activity, which does not allow the body to fully heal in between injuries. Examples may include tendonitis and bursitis.
In auto accident cases, soft tissue injuries are acute. Damage to the soft tissue can cause headaches, digestive and visceral pain. Additionally, bruises, muscle strains, joint and ligament sprains, damage to the connective tissue can lead to painful symptoms like inflammation, swelling, stiffness and soreness. Motor vehicle accident victims can suffer soft tissue injuries at low speeds. Victims have sustained life-altering injuries when they were involved in accidents as low as 2.5 miles per hour. These injuries include bones and joints stretching and tearing, involving tears in the tendons, muscles and ligaments. In some instances nerve damage has also been sustained. Hyperextension may be caused by a rear end collision. Soft tissue injuries occur when the body absorbs the impact from the hit which causes the neck to snap back and forth. This sudden jolt may damage the neck’s soft tissue. Ligaments may tear, discs may herniate or protrude and these are very serious injuries.
Certain kinds of car accidents are more likely to cause soft tissue injuries. If you are rear ended at 30 miles an hour the impact violently throws your body forward and then backward. The intensity of this impact is what leads to whiplash causing strained muscles, damaged soft tissue and possibly a traumatic brain injury. It is important that accident victims be aware of the symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries. People suffering from soft tissue injuries have to deal with neck pain, neck stiffness, blurry vision or tingling in the shoulders accompanied by vertigo, nausea, headaches or concussion. They may also experience symptoms such as restlessness, nervousness, erratic behavior, tension or concentration problems. These injuries can cause a harrowing amount of pain and victims can continue to feel pain even after the injury has healed in situations where scar tissue has formed.
Soft tissue injuries are often difficult to prove through objective evidence. X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans and advanced medical devices can clearly substantiate a broken bone, damaged organ, brain injury or another medical concern. Soft tissue injuries are not detectable by modern imaging equipment; they often exhibit symptoms that are inconsistent; and they respond differently to treatment. Insurance adjusters attempt to deny claims for accidents in which property damage is minimal. These injuries are easier to refute with less subjective evidence. A common problem with substantiating these injuries is that symptoms are sometimes distant from the location of the injury. This is one of many reasons why soft tissue injuries are commonly misdiagnosed.
Individuals who have suffered soft tissue injuries may wish to consult with an experienced Fresno car accident lawyer. They are knowledgeable about what type of evidence will substantiate your soft tissue injury claim.