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What to know about soft tissue injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You can sustain many types of injuries in a car accident. While people often think of broken bones, other types of bodily harm are not as visible.

Motor vehicle wrecks often result in soft tissue injuries that you cannot see but still require medical attention, treatment and recovery.

What are soft tissue injuries?

Soft tissue injuries occur when you damage your tendons, muscles or ligaments. Some common examples resulting from a wreck include:

  • Whiplash
  • Sprains
  • Contusions
  • Ligament tears
  • Compressed nerves
  • Lacerations

Soft tissues damages usually happen rapidly, causing various symptoms, such as inflammation, bruising, soreness or limited range of motion.

How do you diagnose a soft tissue injury?

You must get medical care following your collision, even if you feel the damage is minor. Your injuries may require various diagnostic procedures, including MRI scans or ultrasounds. Your symptoms may increase in the days after your accident as swelling and fluids build up. Medical records documenting your injuries are vital in proving a personal injury claim.

Does it take a long time to recover?

Your recovery time varies depending on the severity of your wounds and other relevant factors, such as your age and general health. Knowing how to prove and support your legal claims can help you get the compensation you need to pay your medical expenses and lost wages.

If another person’s negligence causes you to sustain soft tissue injuries, you must understand your legal rights. You can recover your damages with medical evidence and knowledge of how to present your case.