Soft tissues are those non-bony parts of the body like the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Drivers in Texas should know that injuries to the soft tissues are common in car collisions, as the impact and sudden braking will jolt the body back and forth to the point of straining, spraining, and tearing. These injuries usually give rise to symptoms like aches and pain, inflammation, and bleeding. Others may experience a loss of function in their limbs.
Unfortunately, soft tissue injuries cannot be detected by X-ray and are hard to diagnose. Symptoms can appear hours after a collision or days after it, which may confuse victims into thinking that the symptoms are unconnected to the crash. Delaying medical treatment for soft tissue damage can become a serious obstacle to proper healing.
Symptoms can be especially severe in the case of whiplash. In a rear-end collision, the head, which weighs a considerable amount, can snap back and sprain the tissues in the neck, causing shooting pains to develop in the area. Whiplash also results in a burning, tingling sensation in the neck, headaches, dizziness, and sometimes bouts of memory loss. Pain may also extend to the back and shoulders.
Many accident victims also suffer from PTSD-related symptoms like anxiety and depression. Whiplash may also injure the spine, leading to disc herniation and muscle joint dysfunction.
Those who have incurred soft tissue damage in a motor vehicle accident may be eligible for compensation. All they have to do is file an accident claim showing that the other driver's negligence caused the accident and the injuries. This is where a lawyer comes in. Injury lawyers usually have teams of investigators who can take on the job of gathering evidence, and they can handle all negotiations with the insurance companies. Lawyers can litigate if an out-of-court settlement cannot be reached.