Did you develop whiplash, chronic back pain, or a neck injury after a car accident? Our law firm can help those who sustained painful soft tissue injuries through accidents involving negligence.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Following a car accident or slip and fall incident, it is possible you will experience a soft tissue injury.
Even minor fender benders can result in substantial pain and medical problems.
For some, damage to the soft tissue can be more painful than a broken bone.
Therefore, if you have suffered from a bulging disc, herniated disc, strain, sprain, or whiplash, you may be entitled to compensation.
The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis is here to help you get the money you deserve.
What Is a Soft Tissue Injury?
Many patients end up asking, “What is soft tissue?” For our purposes, soft tissue includes tendons, muscles, and ligaments. There are also hard tissue injuries, which are better known as fractures. This occurs when a bone becomes broken, cracked, or crushed. Following an auto accident, it is possible for a tendon, which connects muscle tissue to the bone, to separate and require surgical repair.
During an accident, you may also suffer from muscle strains, which can lead to pain and inflammation. Initially, your doctor may recommend rest, ice, and compression. You need to give time for the muscle to repair itself, but you may also require medication in the meantime.
Finally, ligament injuries come in three different levels of severity. Grade 1 is a mild injury that is also known as a sprain; Grade 2 is a moderate injury that is a more serious sprain; Grade 3 is a severe injury that involves torn ligament.
How Is Soft Tissue Damage Worse Than Fractures?
Many of our clients are surprised to hear that soft tissue damage is worse than bone fractures. However, the thing you need to keep in mind is that bones can heal relatively quickly. A doctor can put a cast in place to hold the bone in place while it heals. On the other hand, however, ligaments and muscles require complex surgery to repair the injury. It is also far more difficult to stabilize a muscle or ligament, which can lead to the person suffering from re-injury months later. Patients may also suffer from permanently limited motion capabilities, which is why it is so important to seek compensation.
How Do Car Accidents Cause Soft Tissue Injuries?
To understand the impact soft tissue injuries have on your body, you must remember Newton’s Third Rule of Motion; “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Therefore, when you are driving a vehicle traveling 50 miles per hour, your body is also traveling at that speed. When your car strikes something to bring it to a stop, you also come to a stop. This results in a substantial jerking motion where you get thrown back and forth rapidly.
This action can lead to a painful neck and shoulder injury that will last for months. It is easy to pull something and suffer from the symptoms of whiplash. As you may need to go to the doctor’s office numerous times during your recovery, leading to expensive medical bills, it is important to get in touch with your auto insurance agency immediately following the collision so you can begin the claims process promptly.
What Should You Do Next?
If you have developed any soft tissue injuries after an accident, contact The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis. You can call our office or fill out our online form to get the help you need during this difficult time.
And remember, “I don’t get paid, unless you get paid.”
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