Soft tissue injuries are very common after an automobile accident. These injuries can range from minor to severe, affecting your daily life on a long-term basis. As the result of an accident, you may be left dealing with pain, medical costs, and other forms of pain and suffering.
If you have been involved in a car accident and suffered injuries, experienced Washington personal injury attorney Quinn Posner at the Posner Law Office can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
What is a Soft Tissue Injury?
A soft tissue injury is any injury which occurs to the body's "soft" regions, such as the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. These injuries fall into two basic categories:
- Chronic injuries are long lasting and are likely to affect your daily life. They may impair your ability to walk, sit, engage in physical activity, or present other limitations on your life.
- Acute tissue injuries follow immediately after an event, and are not long lasting. This does not mean that they are always minor, and can still be very painful and debilitating. Severe injuries may require hospitalization, physical therapy, or medication.
Soft tissue injuries may cause you a lot of pain in the form of bruising, swelling, stiffness, and soreness. In accidents involving motor vehicles, these types of injuries are very common because of the force of the impact during the accident. Force is transferred from the impacting vehicles into your body, causing injury. Soft tissue injuries are also common in bike accidents, motorcycle crashes, or truck accidents.
Typical Soft Tissue Injuries in an Auto Accident
There are several different kinds of soft tissue injuries. Typical injuries include:
- Strains: A strain occurs because of a stretch and possible tear of a ligament. A ligament is a band of connective tissue that connects the ends of two different bones. When ligaments are damaged in an auto accident, it allows areas of your body to move past their typical range of motion.
- Sprains: A sprain is damage to a ligament as the result of the overextension of a joint. This injury typically occurs to tendons, which are fibrous cords of tissue which attach bone to muscle. Symptoms of a sprain include localized pain, weakness of the muscle, inflammation, cramping, and swelling.
- Contusions: Known more commonly as a bruise, a contusion is caused by a direct blow to the soft tissues of the body. This crushes the muscle fibers and connective tissue without breaking the skin. As a result, blood collects underneath the skin, causing discoloration, pain, and swelling.
Personal Injury Claims - Receiving Compensation
If you have suffered soft tissue injuries as a result of an accident, a personal injury claim can be filed against the person or persons who are at fault. A personal injury claim can force those responsible for your injuries to pay your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Quinn Posner is highly experienced in the area of personal injury claims. He negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement for a client who suffered soft tissue injuries after a car accident. He will put that experience to use for you.
Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been in an automobile accident and suffered soft tissue injuries, you need an experienced attorney who understands the personal injury process and how to deal with another driver's insurance company. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. I represent clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today to schedule a free consultation.