Some aspects of accidents are easy to see, like skid marks, damaged guardrail, and dented cars. Even cuts, abrasions, and some broken bones can be detected by the naked eye. Too often, though, other damages, particularly those to the human body, may be lurking in the background. They may not surface until well after the accident, and they often cannot be seen at all. These types of injuries are known as “soft tissue injuries.”
Soft tissue injuries are common after car wrecks, as well as other types of accidents. The most common soft tissue injury is whiplash, which occurs when the head is shaken back and forth after a severe impact. Whiplash is sometimes known as cervical sprain or strain, and it happens most often in rear-end crashes. Whiplash may result in pain, soreness, and stiffness, as well as sleeping problems, back pain, dizziness, and headaches.
The soft tissues of the body include muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as distinguished from bone. Injuries to these tissues may include bruising, also known as contusions, as well as sprains and strains. Sprains may be caused by twisting or overuse of a joint, while strains are evidenced by ligament damage due to overextension or stretching of a joint.
Soft tissue injuries can be difficult to diagnose and treat because of their delayed onset and also because they do not show on x-rays. They can also be difficult to prove in a lawsuit.
However, the attorneys at Tipp & Buley have extensive experience in dealing with whiplash and other forms of soft tissue injuries. The manner in which these cases are handled can make a significant difference in outcome. In particular, it is important to make sure that all injuries are identified, including soft tissue injuries. If you’ve had the unfortunate circumstance to have been diagnosed with these types of injuries, call us today to discuss your case: 406-389-4215.