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Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuits and Soft Tissue Injuries: An Overview

Feb 8, 2017

Car Accidents Can Cause Soft Tissue Injuries

Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuits and Soft Tissue Injuries

A car crash can cause many different types of injuries. A motor vehicle accident victim's injuries may range from cuts and bruises to broken bones and internal bleeding. Soft tissue injuries are among the most common injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience representing automobile accident victims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a car accident lawsuit.

A soft tissue injury is when there is damage to any of the body's "soft" areas, including the ligaments, tendons and muscles. Examples of soft tissue injuries may include sprains, contusions (bruises) and strains. A broken limb, on the other hand, is not a soft tissue injury.

Car accidents frequently cause soft tissue injuries because the impact of the crash can damage the muscles, ligaments or tendons. Individuals with a soft tissue injury may experience symptoms such as soreness, swelling, bruising and stiffness. It is important to note that symptoms of a soft tissue injury may not appear right away. is the most common soft tissue injury associated with car accidents. This injury, also referred to as cervical strain/sprain or hyperextension injury in the medical field, occurs when the force of a collision causes the head to move back and forth violently. This frequently occurs due to a rear-end collision.

Symptoms of whiplash include: neck stiffness, sharp neck pain, back problems and cognitive issues (for example problems with memory and concentration). Whiplash symptoms may be immediately apparent, or appear slowly over the course of several days. At first, the injury may appear minor but whiplash can have long-lasting consequences if left untreated. Long-term health problems include chronic pain and discomfort in the neck and back. As such, individuals who suffered from whiplash should seek medical attention.

What to do if Injured in a Car Accident

What to do if Injured in a Car Accident

If you suffer a soft tissue injury or any other type of injury in a car accident, seek medical attention as soon as you can. An injury may seem minor initially, but serious symptoms can emerge over time. Early medical intervention from a physician can help prevent the injury from progressing.

For a car accident victim suffering from whiplash, treatment may involve wearing a neck brace to immobilize the neck, physical therapy or muscle relaxers.

In terms of liability, seeking medical attention right away can help prove your injuries. If you wait until symptoms get worse before seeing a doctor, it may complicate your case. Additionally, soft tissue injuries can be more difficult to prove because they do not show up on x-rays. However, a medical professional can help diagnose your injury. When you are filing a car accident lawsuit, medical records help demonstrate the severity of your injuries.

If you are undergoing medical treatment for your soft tissue injury or other type of car accident injury, do not cut your treatment short. This can interfere with your recovery and also affect your injury claims in court.

In addition to seeking medical attention, the police should be called if someone was injured. Similarly, the police should be called if there is extensive damage to property or the vehicles. Car accident liability cases try to determine who is at fault for the accident. A police report can be key to determining what caused the accident. When filing a claim with the insurance company, they will likely use the police report to assess your claim.

General Tips for Car Accident Litigation

Parker Waichman. notes that there are several steps you can take, and steps you can avoid, if you were in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence. As previously stated, you should call the police and seek medical attention as needed.

If you are not injured, you can approach the other driver and make sure they are not injured either. Stay calm and do not admit fault, as saying "sorry" can be used against you later. Be sure to obtain the other driver's contact information. If there were any witnesses to the accident, obtain statements and contact information from them as well. Witnesses can help determine liability in a car accident.

It is also a good idea to document the scene. This means taking pictures of the cars, and writing down the other vehicle's make, model and license plate numbers. Be sure to document any damage to the vehicles and the property. Take photos of the accident scene in general. If you are able, write down how the accident occurred while the details are still fresh in your mind. When you file a claim with your insurance company later, they will want to know exactly how the accident happened.

Additionally, check to see if there is any video footage of the accident. For example, see if there are stores or other businesses that have security footage that would have captured aspects of the crash. This type of evidence can help prove your case.

If the police are called following your accident, obtain the police officer's name, badge number, phone number and police report number. This information may be necessary later when you contact your insurance company, so collecting these details on the spot will help the process move along more quickly.

Do not accept any type of settlement or compensation at the scene of accident. After a car crash, you may not be in the right state of mind. Additionally, you may not know the full extent of your injuries until later.

Furthermore, personal injury attorneys advise that you do not handle an injury claim on your own. An experienced attorney can help obtain the best settlement possible, which can help pay for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you pursue the claim by yourself, you may receive a lower compensation. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, meaning you do not pay unless we win your case.

Legal Help for Car Accident Victims

Parker Waichman has decades of experience representing car accident and other accident victims. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, you may have valuable legal rights. Our personal injury attorneys offer free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

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