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Soft tissue injuries: cause and symptoms

Victims of car accidents in North Carolina will want to learn more about soft tissue injuries because they may be suffering from one without knowing it. These are injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, and ligaments rather than the bones and cartilage (hard tissue). They're notoriously hard to diagnose because X-rays cannot detect them. The symptoms vary widely and can sometimes appear hours or days after an accident.

The impact of a car crash usually causes the soft tissue to stretch to the breaking point. Sudden braking and the bracing of the body also make things worse. Even when the tissue does not break, it could become sore, strained or sprained, leading to persistent pain, swelling and bleeding. In severe cases, victims may suffer from loss of function, both sensory and motor.

Rear-end collisions often cause whiplash, one of the most common forms of soft tissue injury. Because the head (which is actually quite heavy) is snapped back and forth in a rear-end collision, it puts a strain on the neck tissues and may cause dysfunction in the area.

A herniated spinal disc is another possible outcome of whiplash. Most victims experience stiffness, shooting pains and burning in the neck, and some people report pain in the shoulders and back as well. Others even suffer from frequent bouts of depression, anxiety, memory loss and fatigue.

Those who suffer from a soft tissue injury are still eligible for compensation if the other driver's negligence caused the accident. However, accident victims will most likely need a lawyer to help them find proof of negligence. Some individuals may even find it hard to find proof of their injury, but auto accident attorneys usually have an in-house team of investigators and other experts who can assist. The lawyer can then estimate a fair settlement and negotiate for it.

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