The human body is made up of a vast array of tendons, ligaments, muscles, etc. Under certain circumstances, these soft tissues can be severely damaged, causing pain and discomfort. There are two types of soft tissue injuries: acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries occur from a sudden impact — think a car accident or a slip and fall. Overuse injuries, as the name implies, happen when you overuse a part of your body through a repetitive motion. For example, if you work in an environment that requires you to lift heavy packages and extend your elbow on a regular basis, you might develop tendonitis.
Given the fact that soft tissue injuries are not life threatening or very serious, many people are quick to disregard them. However, if you suffer a soft tissue injury in a car accident, it is in your best interests to consult with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Depending on the injury, you may suffer a temporary mobility loss due to pain. For example, a soft tissue neck injury can prevent you from driving for several days because of pain and stiffness.
Types of soft tissue injuries in the Bronx
Some common types of soft tissue injuries that may occur in an auto accident include:
- Contusions (bruises) — Blunt force trauma to your body may result in a contusion. Bleeding into surrounding tissue may result in discoloration, swelling, and pain to the touch. Rest and ice are the best treatment.
- Sprains — A sprain occurs when there is a partial tear to a ligament. Sprains can be extremely painful, may result in decreased mobility, and typically affect knees, ankles, and wrists. Surgery may be necessary when a ligament is completely torn.
- Bursitis — The bursa is a fluid-filled pillow that provides cushioning between the muscles and bones. Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa and may occur as the result of a direct impact to a joint.
- Strains — Strains occur when there is trauma to a muscle or tendon. Strains are typically treated with rest and ice. Surgery may be required if there is a tear in the muscle.
If you suffer a soft tissue injury after a car accident, seek prompt medical care. Then, consult with an experienced lawyer to find out if you have a claim worth pursuing.
Contact a dedicated personal injury advocate in the Bronx
For 30 years, the Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn has fought passionately for injured New Yorkers. Whether you suffer in a car, bus, or other type of accident, we are ready to help you obtain just compensation for your injuries. Call 718-409-5500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an experienced injury attorney today.