What to Do After After A Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are probably the most common injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents. They can result in both low and high speed impacts. When victims experience soft tissue injuries to their necks, the injury is often described as a whiplash injury. Soft tissue injuries to any part of the body are ordinarily caused by a rapid and sometimes traumatic change of direction of that body part. Tendons, ligaments and muscles are affected. There are two types of soft tissue injuries. Some are acute, and they might last for six or eight weeks after a crash. Others are chronic, and they can affect a person for a lifetime.
Typical soft tissue injuries from a motor vehicle collision
When a person suffers a soft tissue injury, the affected area swells and forms a natural splint around it to immobilize and protect it. This splinting can cause considerable pain and discomfort while also restricting range of motion. Classic examples of soft tissue injuries can include:
- Tearing of ligaments that are commonly called strains. These usually occur in the spine. They cause its anatomical structure to move beyond its ordinary range of motion. That results in spinal pain, stiffness and discomfort.
- Sprains are more serious than strains. They occur in joints when they’re overextended. Typical symptoms of a sprain are muscle spasm and weakness, swelling and loss of range of motion of the joint.
- Contusions are bruises that result from direct trauma. Blood pools beneath the skin, and the pooling becomes visible in the form of a bruise. Muscle fibers and connective tissues are crushed. A typical auto accident contusion might be a seatbelt bruise across a person’s chest and waist.
What to do Sometimes symptoms of soft tissue injuries don’t manifest themselves for a day or two, but you’ll want to begin treating for them right away. Conservative treatment would include ibuprofen along with rest, ice, electronic muscle stimulation and stretching exercises. You don’t want a long delay in treatment. The opposing insurer will attack your credibility and allege that either you’re faking an injury or malingering with a slight and insignificant injury. It will raise the same issue if it sees gaps in treatment too, so be sure to attend all of your appointments for treatment. If you experience blurred vision or extremity tingling, numbness or pain, get to an emergency room right away, and then come see us. You could have something more serious than an acute soft tissue injury.
Proving soft tissue injuries
Unlike a fractured arm or leg, you’re not going to be able to put an x-ray of a soft tissue injury on a flash box for a jury to see. A specialist might be in a better position to treat the injury while also documenting the nature and extent of your condition with the medical records that you need to prove your case. Those records are critical to proving any soft tissue injury case. The people who surround you in your life like family, friends and those you work with see how your soft tissue injury affects you too. Their testimony about how you’ve changed since your accident can be instrumental.
Only a skilled and experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is capable of helping you seek financial compensation that’s consistent with the nature and extent of your injury. If you try to do that on your own, the opposing insurance company has you right where they want you. You’ll make significant mistakes that will profoundly affect your case.
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle collision anywhere in or around Los Angeles, contact our offices right away for a free consultation and case evaluation. No legal fees are due unless we obtain compensation for you.
What to Do After A Motor Vehicle Accidents
It’s important to know how to respond properly after you get in a car accident, both for your safety and to ensure that you get the information you need.
The first thing to do after any car accident is to stop and see if there is a safe place nearby that you can pull over, assuming that your car isn’t too damaged to do so. Turn your emergency lights on so other drivers will be able to see you more easily. If you have anything else that you can use to further boost your visibility, such as flashlights or flares, use those as well.
You should call the police after any accident, that way they can come make a police report to record what happened. When you talk to the police, explain how the accident occurred to the best of your recollection. It’s fine if you don’t remember certain details or can’t answer every question they ask you, as these things happen quickly. However, make sure that you don’t guess at what happened. Only provide the police with the facts.
One important thing to remember is that if the police or anyone else asks you if you’re injured and you don’t think that you are, say that you’re not sure yet, because that is the correct answer. You can’t be sure if you’re injured until you see a doctor. The symptoms of an injury from a car accident may not show up immediately, but if you tell the police that you’re not injured and then find out later that you are, the other driver’s insurance company can use that statement in an attempt to deny your injury claim.
You should take pictures of any damage to your vehicle as well as any obvious injuries that you’ve suffered. When the police make their report, they will also collect information from you and the other driver, and then exchange that information between the two of you. If the police don’t come to the scene, make sure that you exchange information with the other driver yourself. Collect their name, address, phone number and insurance policy information, including the name of their insurance company and their insurance policy number.
If there are any witnesses, collect their contact information, as well. You can provide this to your insurance adjuster so they can follow up with those witnesses and get their statements.
Call your insurance company as soon as possible after you’ve had a car accident. They can advise you on what your policy covers and get you set up if you need any immediate services, such as towing for a damaged car or a rental car to get around while your own vehicle is out of commission.
It’s a smart move to see a doctor right away after you’ve been in a car accident. The best option is to go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital to get checked out. Even if you’re feeling completely fine, the accident could have resulted in an injury.
Make a folder with all your documentation related to the accident, including the other driver’s information and any notes that you have regarding what happened. You should also consult with a lawyer after you’ve been in a car accident. Insurance companies often dispute liability, and if you make the wrong statement or sign the wrong document, you could end up weakening your claim or even getting it dismissed. A Los Angeles car accident lawyer can instruct you on the correct steps to take as you go forward to ensure that you don’t harm your own insurance claim.