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Soft tissue injuries are no minor issue in a California accident

You get behind the wheel of your car and head to work, but your trip ends up cut short due to a negligent driver. Seemingly, out of nowhere, another car strikes you from behind, leaving you in pain and confused about what to do next.

One of the most common types of injuries that car accident victims suffer on the road, especially in a rear-end collision, is a soft-tissue injury. Here is a look at what these types of soft tissue injuries occur and what your rights are if you suffer them due to another person's carelessness.

A glimpse at injuries of the soft tissue

Injuries to the soft areas of your body, such as your muscles, ligaments and tendons, are known as soft tissue injuries. Here are some examples of these types of injuries:

  • Contusions, or bruises
  • Strains, or the overuse of tendons or muscles
  • Sprains, or damage to one of your ligaments as a result of overextending a joint

Injuries to the soft tissues can cause immense discomfort and pain, which can take the form of stiffness, bruising, swelling and soreness. These kinds of injuries can easily happen in car accidents due to the violent impact of two vehicles.

Physical symptoms of whiplash

Here are a few signs that you have suffered whiplash in your motor vehicle accident:

  • Sharp pain in the neck
  • Neck stiffness
  • Back issues
  • Cognitive problems, including concentration and memory issues

These symptoms might occur right away, but they can also occur over several days. Even though these injuries might seem minor initially, they can grow into major, debilitating problems. For this reason, having a doctor examine you as soon as you experience any of these symptoms is vital.

Your rights following an accident that causes soft tissue injuries

If your accident stemming from another driver's carelessness has caused you to suffer injuries to your soft tissues, it is within your rights to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, seeking damages. In a successfully litigated lawsuit, you may receive a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your medical bills and other losses related to the car accident. For instance, financial damages may help you to address pain and suffering as well as emotional distress resulting from your California accident.

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