While hard tissue injuries affect the bone and cartilage, soft tissue injuries affect the muscles, tendons and ligaments. They are often linked with car accidents because the impact combined with sudden braking leads to the stretching of the tissues and, consequently, tears, sprains, soreness and strain. Drivers in Arizona will want to know more in case they find themselves filing a personal injury claim.
Soft tissue injuries normally result in aches and pains, bleeding, inflammation and a certain loss of function. Unfortunately, X-rays cannot detect the condition, so a correct medical diagnosis can be hard to achieve. While symptoms may appear hours after the accident, other individuals feel nothing until days after the collision, which can affect their decision to get medical help. Not receiving treatment will prevent full healing.
Whiplash is one type of soft tissue injury and usually is caused by rear-end collisions. As the head is snapped back, it tears the neck tissues and can lead to chronic pain. Victims typically report shooting pains, burning, tingling and other sensations in their neck. In some cases, whiplash can result in joint dysfunction and herniated discs in the spinal cord. Victims might also lose their memory, have difficulty sleeping and suffer constant fatigue. Mental conditions like depression may also arise.
When a motor vehicle accident leads to such injuries, victims may wish to speak with a lawyer about filing an injury claim. It may be that the other driver was distracted, drowsy or engaging in some other kind of negligent behavior. In such cases, the auto insurance company may have to pay for the victim's medical expenses, vehicle repair costs and other losses. It can be hard to determine the extent of soft tissue injuries, but a lawyer could bring in medical experts to help in this. All negotiations are then handled by the attorney.