For people in Pennsylvania and across the country, soft tissue injuries may be of particular concern in car accidents. These types of injuries involve non-bone body parts, including tendons, ligaments and muscles. Including tears, sprains, strains, soreness and other types of injuries, soft tissue damage can be a common after-effect of a car accident.
The powerful impact caused by a car accident can push the people inside the car to be jolted quickly and moved in different directions, and responses to the accident like sharp braking and bracing to protect oneself from damage can lead to more impact. These kinds of impacts can damage to the soft tissue, resulting in swelling, pain and bleeding.
These injuries are very common and are often undetectable on X-rays, making them more difficult to diagnose and pinpoint than similar hard tissue injuries that involve cartilage or bones. People whose ligaments and tendons have been injured can experience ongoing pain, inflammation and suffering as a result of the damage. It is this type of symptom that draws attention to a soft tissue injury; when left untreated, pain can become chronic.
Whiplash is one of the most frequently suffered types of soft tissue injuries experienced in a car accident. This often occurs in an accident when a car is hit from behind, and the accident victim's head moves suddenly back and forth. This leads to substantial pressure on the soft tissue of the neck and can develop into herniated discs and chronic pain.
Soft tissue damage caused by a car accident can be part of significant, long-lasting personal injuries experienced as a result of a crash. People who are suffering due to injuries caused by a car accident through no fault of their own may benefit from working with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their medical bills and pain and suffering.