Whiplash & Soft Tissue Injuries

New Mexico Car Accident Lawyers: Whiplash & Soft Tissue Injuries

If you have been injured due to the neglect or recklessness of another, it is important to immediately take the necessary steps to protect your rights. By reading this helpful article you will understand why insurance companies oftentimes minimize the pain & suffering associated with whiplash injuries.

Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, as well as other accidents, often result in soft tissue injuries that cause significant pain to the neck and back. One common cause of a soft tissue injury to the neck is a violent back and forth—whiplash—motion of the neck in a rear end collision. Soft tissue injuries normally refer to injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments,and other connective tissues in the body, and are often diagnosed as sprains, strains, abrasions, or bruises. Insurance companies oftentimes unfairly minimize the seriousness of soft tissue injuries and try to avoid fairly compensating the injured person. The insurance companies argue that since there was not much damage to the car that therefore the person was not injured.

It is important to know that soft tissues all have microscopic sensory nerves that run through them.  The swelling and disruption of the soft tissues immediately following an injury puts pressure on these nerves resulting in the pain following an accident. In more severe cases, microscopic scar tissue can build up within the soft tissues continuing to distort the nerves, causing pain, even after the swelling from the initial injury has subsided. This scar tissue and the resulting sensory nerve disruption is the physical source of the permanent pain in most of these soft tissue cases

The fact remains that soft tissue injuries, including injuries to the neck and back, can be a serious source of pain and disability. Often these musculoskeletal injuries result in muscle spasms to the neck and shoulders that trigger severe headaches that can last for an extended period of time. Emergency medicine physicians often treat these soft tissue injuries with prescription medications, and recommend to follow-up with a specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon, or physical therapist.

Soft tissue injuries cause pain and disruption to an injured person’s life. Such injuries may require medical treatment and/or physical therapy, and may result in time missed from work, and lost wages.  If you have suffered musculoskeletal injury, whiplash or soft tissue injuries due to a motor vehicle collision, or other type of accident, The Hayes Law Firm can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and let us protect you from insurance adjustors who may minimize the extent of your soft-tissue injuries.

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