Car accidents occur every day in Georgia. While not all are major, many results in injuries.
Soft tissue injuries are the most common types of injuries that occur in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). While these may not seem like that big of a deal, soft tissue injuries can result in pain and other issues if you fail to seek treatment.
Types of soft tissue injuries
Any injury to the body’s soft areas, including the muscles, tendons and ligaments, is called soft tissue injury. Common examples include:
Soft tissue injuries can cause soreness, stiffness, bruising and swelling. These are common in MVAs due to the impact between the vehicles and the force of the impact. Whiplash is the most common type of soft tissue injury resulting from an MVA. It’s worth noting symptoms of these injuries can take hours or days to develop.
Don’t wait to seek medical attention for soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries aren’t always immediately evident. They also don’t usually show up on X-rays and require specialized tests, such as CT scans or MRIs. It’s necessary to seek medical attention immediately after an accident to find these injuries and start treatment.
Additionally, failure to seek medical treatment immediately may result in your insurance claim being reduced or denied.
Protecting your rights and your health
Car accidents can cause serious injuries, including soft tissue injuries. It’s recommended that you seek medical treatment to protect your health and your right to recover compensation from the at-fault party after being involved in a wreck.