Sometimes, injuries sustained during car accidents are immediately apparent
following a collision. However, under certain circumstances, victims may
not recognize the extent of their injuries right away. Our Jefferson City
auto accident attorneys frequently consult clients who have suffered soft tissue injuries,
which involve damage to parts of the body that are non-bony - usually
muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Their most common incarnations are sprains,
strains, and tears.
In the seconds just before a collision occurs, it's common for a driver
to slam on the brakes and brace for impact. These are both instinctive
reactions, but the resulting jolting can cause trauma to the body's
soft tissues. Then, the impact of the accident itself causes additional
jolting. All of this jarring can stretch soft tissues, resulting in pain,
soreness, redness, and swelling (among other possible symptoms).
One very common soft tissue injury resulting from car crashes is whiplash,
an injury to the neck, which occurs when the victim's head suddenly
jerks backward and then forward. These extreme motions force the neck
muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion: the weight
of the head exerts extensive pressure on the neck. All whiplash injuries
are different: some people can recover in a short time, but others can
develop chronic conditions that are extremely painful and disabling, including
joint dysfunction, herniated discs of the spine, and chronic pain. Whiplash
frequently occurs when one car is rear-ended by another, causing the occupants
of the front car to experience a sudden impact that jerks the head back
Typically, those who have suffered a soft issue injury experience inflammation
and pain, but these symptoms might not appear for several hours. In fact,
for some accident victims, it takes days before they know how badly they're hurt.
If you've been in a car accident and have experienced pain, soreness,
or stiffness, it's possible that you sustained a soft tissue injury.
Although soft tissue injuries may seem minor, they can take longer to
recover from than broken bones. What's more, if those injuries aren't
properly treated, recovery time can take longer still, and further problems
can arise down the road. The bottom line: following a collision, if you
believe you have suffered a soft tissue injury, you should seek treatment
Insurance companies are known to play hardball in car accident claims involving
soft tissue injuries, since they can't be diagnosed using x-rays.
Navigating the legal issues and problems involved in these kinds of car
accident cases can be difficult and time-consuming. If you've been
the victim of a car accident caused by the negligent acts of another party,
and suffered whiplash or another soft tissue injury, it's in your
best interest to consult an attorney. A qualified attorney can help you
determine whether you have a case, and how to handle the situation.
Here at Aaron Sachs and Associates, we serve car accident victims in Columbia,
Missouri and the surrounding areas, including Jefferson City, Centralia,
Kirksville, Fulton, Moberly and Boonville. We help car accident victims
receive the compensation they deserve for medical bills, lost wages, disability,
and other losses. For more information about our firm and the services
we provide, please call us toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO, or
click here to visit our website.
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