The vast majority of auto accidents that happen daily in the state of Maryland are deemed relatively minor in nature. Most people walk away from these car accidents sore, but overall in seemingly good shape — so they think. What seems like insignificant injuries at first, however, can become significant over time, particularly soft tissue injuries.
A soft tissue injury is simply damage to a soft area on the body — muscle, ligaments and tendons, primarily. The symptoms of this type of injury include bruising, soreness, pain, swelling and stiffness. Sprains and strains are common soft tissue injuries.
Whiplash is considered the most common car accident-related soft tissue injury. This is where the head and neck are forced violently in a forward and backward motion. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, cognitive issues, back pain and neck stiffness.
The severity of soft tissue injuries may not be — and most likely will not be — immediately apparent. They can take days or weeks to manifest themselves fully. Those who are experiencing symptoms of soft tissue injuries would be wise to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Soft tissue injuries may not seem like a big deal. Most people will heal on their own over time, but others may end up feeling the physical effects for a lifetime. Either way, victims of car accidents may find themselves unable to work or enjoy their lives, temporarily or permanently, because of these types of injuries. Those in Maryland who have suffered soft tissue injuries in motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. Legal counsel can review one’s case and assist one in pursuing relief through negotiation or litigation — if either is deemed appropriate.