SOFT TISSUE INJURY FROM AN AUTO ACCIDENT
Typical soft tissue injuries include:
- contusions (bruises)
- sprains (damage to ligaments due to over-extension of a joint)
- strains (overuse of a muscle or tendon)
Studies show that even 5 mph rear-end collisions cause your cervical spine to suffer high shear forces, and your head to accelerate 2 times the speed of the car and 67 to 120 lbs. of strain on muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in a split second. Cervical strain or hyperextension injury (commonly known as whiplash) can result in
- neck stiffness
- sharp pains to the neck
- issues with concentration and memory
- back problems
and the onset of these symptoms can be delayed for several days after the auto accident.
Age, whether you are male or female, the position of head and body at time of impact, anticipation of impact, prior injuries to same tissue, and presence of arthritis can all determine the severity of the injury.
Small tears to muscle tissue can take up to 6 months to repair, longer if reinjured. If it becomes chronic, there can be permanent pain. Studies show that, on average, 53% of people with soft tissue injuries never fully recover depending on the location of the injury.
Of all injuries, insurance companies resist compensating for soft tissue injuries because they are the most difficult to prove.
Be sure that you recover for all of your present AND future medical expenses and pain and suffering resulting from your soft tissue, personal injury. The safest course is to consult with an Atlanta, Georgia personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The facts and evidence need to be nailed down, and your medical condition needs to be carefully monitored. Contact the Law Office Of Sidney Weinstein, 24/7, for a free accident and personal injury consultation by calling 404-522-3108. We can come to you at your home or any of the Atlanta, Georgia area hospitals including Grady Memorial Hospital and Atlanta Medical Center.