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What are soft tissue injuries?

Tennesseans who have been injured in a car accident know that the aftermath can be painful and expensive. The most catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, can leave a victim with permanent disability and, perhaps, a fatal condition. Other injuries may seem relatively minor, but can still cause a victim to suffer unexpected and undeserved pain, incur medical expenses and be force to miss work, thus, causing the victim to lose wages.

Amongst these injuries are soft tissue injuries, which are quite commonly suffered in car accidents. These types of injuries are referred to as "soft" because they cause damage to the body's ligaments, tendons, muscles and skin, which are softer than one's bones. Common soft tissue injuries include ligament damage, bruises, strains, muscle tears and tendon ruptures. Whiplash is an example of a soft tissue injury, causing pain in the neck.

Soft tissue injuries may not present themselves until days after a crash, which may make it difficult to identify the exact cause of the injury. Those who think they may have suffered a soft tissue injury should seek medical care. A doctor may be able to prescribe medication to help ease the pain, perform casting or bracing to protect damaged tendons and ligaments and make overall recommendation on how to recover from the injury.

Seeking medical care can be costly, though, especially at a time when a victim may be unable to work due to his or her injury. Though this can be stressful, accident victims should take comfort knowing that they may be able to recover compensation from their losses if they can prove that another party caused the accident, and the victim's injuries resulted from this party's negligent acts or omissions.

Source: FindLaw, "Soft Tissue Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents," accessed on Aug. 5, 2016

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