What a Soft Tissue Damage Recovery Might Look Like
What do you feel in soft tissue damage? Soft tissue injuries are a common effect of auto accidents and represent muscle, tendons, or ligaments (soft areas) trauma. Injuries may feel like a deformity in the injured area and numbness around the injury.
What is soft tissue injury in a car accident?Examples of car accident soft tissue injuries include bruises (contusions), damages to ligaments (sprains), overuse of muscles (strains), nerve damage. Whiplash (cervical strain or sprain) is the most common soft tissue injury caused by car accidents.
Injuries appear when the force exercised during a crash causes vehicle occupants to be bumped around. For example, a whiplash occurs when the head and neck of an occupant are compelled to move back and forth forcefully.
These injuries are painful and uncomfortable, being accompanied by swelling, soreness, stiffness and may be long-lasting and disabling. Whiplash symptoms may include back problems and memory and concentration issues.
Symptoms can occur immediately or may emerge gradually in the days following the accident. Untreated whiplash can lead to chronic back pain and discomfort in the neck. That is why it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. When people involved in crashes don't seek immediate medical attention, for example, because the collision was a low-impact one, injuries become difficult to prove.
Furthermore, avoid speaking to witnesses or insurance companies about how you feel immediately after the accident. You can't tell how your health condition will evolve over time.
When does soft tissue damage heal?Medical research indicates that the time frame for repairing a soft tissue damage is approximately a year. The healing of this type of injury takes place in three phases.
The first stage is the acute inflammatory phase, generally lasting 72 hours. In this period the pain, bleeding, and swelling are at their worst, and it is not uncommon for you to feel worse for each of the three days following the accident.
The second phase is when the regeneration takes place. During this period, the gap in the torn issues is bridged. This period lasts around 6-8 weeks.
The final stage is the remodeling phase when the fibers in the tissue become stronger and begin forming a pattern more similar to the original undamaged tissue. This period lasts up to one year from the date of the accident.
It is vital to obtain proper treatment during this remodeling phase, to help the tissue regain strength and align.
What is a soft tissue injury claim worth?A claim for soft tissue injury can be made if the injury was the result of someone else's negligence and the other party owed a duty of care.
In personal injury cases, appropriate settlement amounts are determined by estimating out of pocket expenses, lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering. Out of pocket expenses include prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, and other expenses incurred.
Skilled and experienced plaintiff's car accident attorneys will help you determine the costs necessary to constitute an appropriate settlement for the injuries you have suffered.
When the plaintiff has hard-to-refute proof, the case is more easily handled. That is why it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Medical records serve as a substantial proof of injury. Other evidence proving the defendant was responsible for the injuries are police reports, witness statements, photographs.
Also, in cases with potentially high damages, it is important to collaborate with biomechanical engineers and accident reconstruction engineers to prove how soft tissue injuries occurred and the nature of the forces needed to cause a system for such injuries.