Santa Ana Soft Tissue Injury Lawyers
“Soft tissue injuries” most commonly refer to injuries of the tendons, muscles, and ligaments. While soft tissue injuries can be very painful and cause great distress, insurance companies do not always take them as seriously as other types of injuries, since they are not as noticeable and often lack the same type of clear evidence.
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury through no fault of your own, HN Injury Lawyers is here to assist you. We have a successful track record of recovering compensation on behalf of numerous injured people. No matter what happened to you, we will work with you every step of the way to make sure your medical bills are fully paid. Call us today at (657) 333-5726 to receive a free consultation with an understanding and reliable Santa Ana soft tissue injury attorney.
Whiplash, also known in the medical world as a hyperextension injury or cervical strain/sprain, is a common soft tissue injury stemming from car accidents. It is caused when the head is “whipped” back and forth by the force of a collision, hence the name whiplash. Whiplash can be very painful and require medical treatment. The pain is often so great, in fact, that it can prevent you from performing normal tasks both at home and at work.
Victims of whiplash commonly suffer from sudden neck pain, back problems, cognitive impairment, and stiffness of the neck area, all of which can be quite debilitating when trying to go about their everyday lives. Such injuries should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident, as whiplash may worsen if left untreated.
Strains and Sprains
Are you experiencing any discoloration, pain, swelling, or discomfort when placing weight on a part of your body? You may have suffered what is known as a sprain – an injury to a ligament, the soft tissue that connects joints – or a strain, which is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Torn soft tissue often requires surgical repair.
Contusions or Bruises
The force of an accident can bruise your soft tissue, which may occur when your body makes forceful contact with the steering wheel, window, airbag, or dashboard of a car. This type of injury may result in skin discoloration, swelling, bruising, and hematoma, which is when bleeding occurs under the skin. Though contusions may be harmless, they can also be a sign of serious internal bleeding or organ rupture, especially if they form in the abdominal area.
There are several tell-tale signs that you may be in need of medical treatment after a car accident:
- Visible swelling or bruising
- An inability to place weight on an affected area
- Muscle spasms or cramping
- A visible lump
- Reduced range of movement
- Muscle weakness
- Joint problems
If a soft tissue injury is left untreated, the repetitive motion required of certain types of jobs may exasperate the injury over time.
While there are several possible causes of soft tissue injuries, car accidents are the most common because of the type of impact involved. Soft tissue injuries may also result from other types of accidents, both on and off the road:
- Bike Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Bus Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Truck Accidents
There are several medical treatments for soft tissue injuries, depending on the nature of the injury. Some soft tissue injuries may just require an ice pack and a lot of rest while being elevated. Physical therapy may also be needed.
In the case of a chronic soft tissue injury, further treatment may be needed, such as anti-inflammatory medicine, rest, splintering, various types of motion-related exercise, and corticosteroid injections. Surgery may also be needed to repair a torn tendon, muscle, or ligament.
As the victim of a soft tissue injury, you may be entitled to compensation in an Orange County personal injury claim. It is therefore very important that you receive proper medical attention. Not only will this rule out more dangerous medical conditions, but it will create medical records to support your claim. But in addition to your medical records, if you can provide proof of lost wages, other accident-related expenses, and daily pain and suffering, you should be able to receive compensation for them as well.
As experienced Santa Ana car accident attorneys, we know you deserve support during this trying time. While insurance companies often dismiss soft tissue injuries, we do not. HN Injury Lawyers has the expertise to fight for you so that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (657) 333-5726 to speak with a knowledgeable member of our experienced legal team.
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