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Can I File an Injury Claim for Soft Tissue Injuries?

Can I File an Injury Claim for Soft Tissue Injuries?

You walk away from your car accident feeling fine, but you wake up the next day feeling stiff and sore. A trip to your doctor confirms it—you have whiplash. Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, bruising, sprains, organ damage, can vary from minor to life-threatening, which is why it is possible to seek compensation for your soft tissue injuries. Here’s what you should know about your case.

What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?

The law defines injuries as falling into two categories. The first is skeletal injuries, which are known as hard tissue injuries. The second concerns all other tissues in the body, including organs, brain tissue, nerves, muscles, connective tissue, skin, and such. These injuries are called soft tissue injuries. Many injuries sustained in accidents are soft tissue injuries, but there are some types of injuries that are more common than others.

Whiplash

A common injury in car accidents, whiplash results in strained neck muscles resulting from overextension. Symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, neck and upper back pain, and stiffness or difficulty moving. Whiplash may be felt immediately after the accident, but it can take several days for symptoms to manifest.

Sprains and Strains

Whiplash isn’t the only form of strain one may experience in an accident. Strains can affect any muscle in the body, while sprains affect the ligaments that connect bones together. In an accident, such as a fall or a car accident, an individual’s body may experience sudden, unnatural motion which can cause sprains and strains throughout the body. Like whiplash, sprains and strains often cause muscles soreness and fatigue, stiffness, bruises, and a loss of flexibility.

Spinal Disc Injuries

The vertebrae in your spine are padded by soft tissue, called spinal discs. These discs can be injured in an accident, and often are some of the most painful and debilitating soft tissue injuries that can be sustained. These fluid-filled sacs permit your spine to twist, flex, and stretch, but when they are damaged it can severely limit your mobility. Two common spinal disc injuries are herniated discs and bulging discs.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Some soft tissue injuries, such as brain injuries, are catastrophic. The brain is considered soft tissue, so it falls into this category of injuries. Injury claims involving traumatic brain injuries often are taken very seriously, since brain injuries can have life-long effects for the victim and their family. Brain injuries can range from mild concussions to severe, life-changing trauma.

Internal Organ Injuries

Your internal organs serve a number of functions but can cause significant health issues if they are injured or damages. Painful bruising, internal bleeding, ruptures, and infections are possible concerns when trauma damages your internal organs. These injuries can be especially life-threatening and may be difficult to diagnose.

Filing a Claim for Soft Tissue Injuries

If you’ve sustained soft tissue injuries in an accident, it may be possible to file a claim and pursue compensation for your injuries. If another party is found to be negligent and liable for your injuries, you and your personal injury attorney can gather evidence of your accident and submit your claim. Even minor soft tissue injuries can still require expensive treatment, lost income during recovery, and other expenses, so it is important to speak to an experienced injury lawyer to discover your legal options.

If you’re planning to file a claim or are wondering if you are eligible to file a personal injury claim, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Belushin Law Firm, P.C. Our dedicated Brooklyn personal injury attorneys have decades of shared legal experience and we are prepared to assist you with your case. We understand how challenging it can be to handle the complexities of an injury case, so let us handle the heavy lifting for you. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with our team and learn more.

Contact our team by calling (888) 918-9890.

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