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Rear-End Collisions and Soft Tissue Injuries

Sprains, Strains and Muscle Damage Suffered in Rear-End Collisions

When you are struck from behind while operating a motor vehicle, the trauma caused by the sudden impact can leadSpine Diagram to serious injury. Typically known as “whiplash,” the sudden snapping of your head or upper torso can often result in torn muscles, ligaments and/or tendons. Even when connective tissue is not torn, the sudden and intense rocking back and forth can severely stretch tendons, muscles or ligaments, resulting in extreme pain, and limiting use of extremities. The challenge, when the connective tissue that have been injured are in your neck or upper back, is that it is nearly impossible to avoid using those tendons, muscles and ligaments on a daily basis. As a result, the healing process for whiplash or whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) can be months or even years.

Studies show that, even when you are rear-ended by a vehicle traveling at a seemingly inconsequential rate of speed, there is risk of soft tissue (muscle, tendon or ligament) injury. Furthermore, the most debilitating aspects of a soft tissue injury typically won’t be apparent for days, weeks or even months. In the immediate aftermath, you may feel some stiffness, but your condition will customarily worsen over time. When you have been hurt in a rear-end collision, your best option is to seek medical care immediately, and to continue to get treatment for a period of time. You will want your doctor to document all observations in writing, so that you have an accurate record of the impact of the crash.

Contact Howard D. Popper, P.C., P.C.

For a private meeting with a results-oriented New Jersey attorney, contact our office online or call us at 973-993-8787 to set up an appointment. We have office locations in Morristown and Newton, but will visit you in your home or the hospital, if necessary. There is no charge for your first consultation.

We take all motor vehicle accident injury claims on a contingency basis. You will not incur legal fees unless attorney Popper recovers compensation for your losses.

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