Not all injuries suffered in a car, truck or motorcycle accident appear serious or catastrophic on the surface, but many so-called “soft tissue” injuries can be among the most debilitating, and can take the longest time to heal. When you have been in a motor vehicle accident, even if you don’t appear to have been hurt, you need to obtain medical care, and should monitor your condition for a few weeks, to see if any hidden trauma shows up.
What Does Soft Tissue Injury Look Like?
The term “soft tissue” refers precisely to that—generally anything other than bones or teeth. Soft tissue injury can take a variety of forms, from bruises or contusions to pulls, tears, sprains or strains. The more prevalent types of soft tissue injuries involve muscles, or connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments. Your joints are typically held together by soft tissue, so a primary location for soft tissue injury typically involves knees, elbows, hips and shoulders.
The Most Common Form of Soft Tissue Injury—Whiplash
When the car you are travelling in collides with another vehicle, the sudden impact will customarily snap your upper extremities forward, and, assuming you are using a seat belt, snap your upper body back toward the seat—much like the action of a whip. Whiplash can cause a lot of trauma, from sprains and strains along your back, neck, and spinal cord to traumatic brain injury, as your brain collides with your skull. Whiplash can have serious consequences, from headaches and dizziness to loss of motor skills, depression and loss of sleep.
Contact Attorney Howard D. Popper
To learn your options when you have suffered a personal injury, contact our office online or call attorney Popper at 973-993-8787. We have offices in Morristown and Newton, but will come to your home or the hospital, if necessary. There is no charge for your first consultation.
We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency basis. You won’t be charged any legal fees unless attorney Popper recovers compensation for your losses.