Although, people usually only associate serious injuries with high-impact crashes, low-impact collisions can also lead to debilitating injuries. A minor accident can still cause injury even at speeds as low as two miles per hour. Soft-tissue injuries are very common for minor accidents and it’s important to note that injured victims can still receive financial support for their soft-tissue injury.
What is a Low-Impact Accident?
In low-impact accidents, injuries are usually caused by joints stretching and tearing. They can also involve tears in the tendons, muscles and ligaments. These injuries can even cause nerve damage.
Even at low speeds, a rear-end collision, for example, can have significant physical consequences on those involved. In these types of crashes, the driver’s (or passenger’s) neck snaps back and forth. Such a jolt can result in damage to the neck’s soft tissue.
Common Symptoms of Soft-Tissue Injuries
It’s important that motor vehicle accident victims be cognizant of the different types of symptoms commonly associated with soft-tissue injuries. These symptoms may include:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Jaw pain
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder pain or tingling
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unusual or erratic behavior
If you notice any of these symptoms after an accident, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.
Victims of soft-tissue injuries will experience pain that can often interrupt their ability to perform everyday activities. This pain can be bothersome and aggravating, and unfortunately some may continue even after the injury has healed. This is more common when scar tissue forms around the injury. Curvature of the spin and muscle spasms are also common types of long-term effects an accident victim may suffer.
In some cases, without proper treatment, these injuries can cause more severe problems. Many soft-tissue injuries that occur in the muscles and ligaments can cause nerve damage. These soft tissue injuries may cause more serious injuries in the neck and spine where the disc may herniate or protrude. One of the most serious injuries that can result from low-impact car accidents is a traumatic brain injury.
Getting the Assistance of a Personal Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately, soft-tissue injuries can be very difficult to prove with objective evidence. Insurance defense attorneys might claim that the motor vehicle accident victim is fabricating the injury or exaggerating them to receive awards in damages. Soft tissue injuries are harder to prove than other injuries because they are not physically visible to other people because they occur inside the body. Also, these injuries cannot be shown by an x-ray and may not appear on MRI or CT scans. The victim can explain their symptoms but this subjective experience may be as far as the evidence goes. This is why soft-tissue injuries can be difficult to claim.
However, if a victim seeks medical treatment for their injury they can prove their injury through documentation. This will help prove that the injury was directly caused by the accident. Although, it can be difficult, it is possible for accident victims to recover compensation for their pain and suffering.
Contact a Clifton Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Soft-Tissue Injury Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a low-impact motor vehicle accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at the law firm of Silverman & Roedel, LLC represent clients injured because of motor vehicle accidents in Paterson, Clifton, Passaic, Wayne, and throughout New Jersey. Call (973) 772-6411 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1187 Main Ave #2C, Clifton, NJ 07011.
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