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The most common types of soft-tissue injuries in car accidents

Each day, millions of people in the United States enter the roadways to get to workplaces, schools, stores and other destinations. Thus, it is not surprising that car accidents occur on a daily basis.

Some crashes in California are minor, whereas others may be more severe, leading to major property damage and severe injuries suffered by the individuals involved. In many cases, your injuries may result from the carelessness of a fellow driver on the road. One of the most frequently occurring types of injuries are soft tissue injuries.

What exactly are soft tissue injuries?

These are injuries that impact any soft areas of the body, including the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Examples of these types of injuries are as follows:

  • Strains: the overuse of a tendon or muscle
  • Contusions: bruises
  • Sprains: harm done to a ligament because a joint has been overextended

Soft tissue injuries often lead to severe discomfort and pain associated with stiffness, bruising, swelling and soreness. You can easily suffer these types of injuries in a motor vehicle accident due to the impact of two or more vehicles crashing into one another, which can lead to your body being violently jolted or knocked around.

Whiplash: a common soft tissue injury

Whiplash is the most frequently occurring of all soft tissue injuries. In the medical world, it is known as a hyperextension injury or a cervical strain or sprain. This type of injury typically happens when a rear-end wreck causes your neck and head to go back and forth in a violent fashion. Below are some of the symptoms you may experience if you have whiplash. These might occur right away or start to appear multiple days after your accident:

  • Back issues
  • Cognitive problems
  • Sharp pain in the neck
  • Neck stiffness

Whiplash may seem to be a minor issue initially, but it can end up being significant. Chronic pain can sometimes result, and treatment is usually by means of muscle relaxants, the wearing of a neck brace and physical therapy.

What are my rights following a crash in which I suffered injuries?

If you sustained injuries in a crash caused by another party's reckless or negligent actions, you have the right to seek monetary damages. Compensation awarded from a successfully litigated personal injury lawsuit may help you to address the medical costs associated with your injuries and to ease your pain and suffering and emotional distress resulting from the unfortunate accident.

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