Understanding a Soft Tissue Injury Car Accident Claim
Soft tissue injuries commonly arise following car accidents. STIs are usually painful and can make it difficult to stand and sit and even keep you from being able to work. In general, STIs cover contusions or bruising, sprains and strains. While a car insurance claims adjuster may try to downplay the seriousness of your injuries, STIs can be ongoing and even permanent. Stress, pain and inflammation to your muscles and nerves can be quite serious. Some examples of severe STIs include serious neck injuries from whiplash, a blown disc in your spine or a torn rotator cuff.
Most people tend to think that severe injuries only arise from high-speed collisions. But this is not always the case. In fact, it takes only slight force to cause soft tissue damage. The muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints can be torn even in low-speed wrecks of less than 10 miles per hour. However, because low impact collisions often cause little to no damage to cars, people often assume that there is no real risk for serious or permanent injuries to drivers and passengers involved.
According to experts, one out of every three whiplash victims has ongoing neck pain, often lasting years after a collision. Just remember, a STI is a serious condition, and while it may not show up right away on an x-ray it certainly could lead to excruciating pain and suffering later on down the road.
When you are involved in any type of car accident, it is in your best interest to seek medical attention right away. Due to the fact that STIs may not show up until days after the accident, it is best not to wait to receive medical care. It is never a good idea to ignore any pain following a car wreck because this pain could lead to increased physical discomfort later on. Treatment for a soft tissue car accident injury can vary and may include chiropractic care, physical therapy and possibly surgery.
If you’ve been in a car accident, be on the lookout for the following symptoms of STI:
- Pain in the Neck
- Soreness in Back Muscles
- Slight Tingling Sensation in Fingers and/or Toes
Be aware, if you have pain that is radiating from a muscle, this could be a sign that you are suffering from a neurological problem.
Insurance companies are constantly fighting soft tissue claims, maintaining that these injuries will fix themselves over time and require little to no medical treatment at all. Sadly, car accident victims know that this is certainly not always the case.
Contact a Citrus County Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton if you have been in an Inverness car accident and are suffering from soft tissue injuries. You can reach us 24/7 online or by dialing us locally at 352-726-0078. You can rest assured that we will aggressively fight the insurance company for full and fair compensation for your injuries.