What are the Types of Soft Tissue Injuries I Could Sustain After a Car Accident?


Car Accident victim in neck brace
There are many types of injuries that you could sustain after a car accident. Depending on the severity of the accident and the specific circumstances of the incident, you might have a minor injury or a serious and long-lasting injury. A common type of injury that occurs from both minor and serious accidents is a soft tissue injury.

What Are the Different Kinds of Soft Tissue Injuries?

Soft tissue injuries are injuries to any “soft” areas on your body. These areas can be your ligaments, tendons and muscles. Common types of soft tissue injuries include:

  • Sprains: Some sort of damage to a ligament due to the overextension of a joint. A ligament is a strong band of connective tissue that attaches the end of one bone to another.
  • Strains: Overuse of a tendon or muscle. It can result from a stretch or a partial or complete tear.
  • Contusions: Also known as serious bruises. The underlying muscle fibers and connective tissues are crushed.

These types of injuries can cause severe pain and discomfort in the form of swelling, soreness, severe bruising and muscle stiffness. These injuries can happen because of the hard and quick impact that happens in car collisions. Depending on how serious the car crash is, the force of the collision can cause the drivers and passengers to be violently bumped around, leading to injuries. Additionally, severe tears may require surgery to repair the damage. Because soft tissue injuries don’t involve broken bones, also know as hard tissue, or injuries to internal organs, insurance companies may deny your car accident injury claim or pay you less that you deserve. Make sure to speak to a DC personal injury lawyer at Regan Zambri Long to discuss your options.

Whiplash is also a main type of soft tissue injury that can occur in various kinds of car accidents and can have lasting effects, even permanent injury and impairment. The medical term for this condition is hyperextension injury. Whiplash is the result of your head and neck moving back and forward violently because of the collision. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Sharp neck pain
  • Back issues
  • Cognitive problems, such as memory and concentration issues

It is important for car accident victims to recognize the symptoms of soft tissue injuries so that they can seek prompt medical attention. When you experience an injury from a car accident, it is critical for the doctor to assess your spine and the surrounding soft tissue for damage. If you have sustained a soft tissue injury, then you should seek medical attention immediately. Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, the injury could worsen and have debilitating consequences. Also, your medical records serve as documentation that you sought medical treatment.

People who get injured in a car accident may face a long recovery and require extensive medical care. In some cases victims may also need additional surgery, physical therapy and other care, for months and even years into to the future. If you believe that your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, you can possibly file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact Regan Zambri Long PLLC for a free consultation.