In an automobile accident, the body may react in a way that causes stress to muscles and soft tissue. Soft tissue injuries are one of the most common forms of damage caused by an automobile accident.
A soft tissue injury occurs when there is damage inflicted on the connective tissues between the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. For example, whiplash is a common injury associated with automobile accidents and soft tissue. Whiplash occurs when the head jerks forward or backward, causing a strain in the neck.
Usually when soft tissue is damaged, there will be pain or swelling in the damaged area. Stiffness may also be a symptom of a soft tissue injury. There are some cases when an individual may not feel pain right away. In these cases, untreated soft tissue injuries may have long term effects on the body. Some long term effects include muscle spasms, unexplained chronic pain, or a herniated disk.
Unlike other injuries sustained in an automobile accident, soft tissue injuries may be difficult to detect. An individual involved in an automobile accident should always be examined by a medical professional in a timely manner to prevent long term effects.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident and you are experiencing pain in your neck, back, or elsewhere, you may have sustained a soft tissue injury. You may be entitled to compensation, so please call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers today.