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5 Types of Soft Tissue Injuries that are Common in Car Accidents

Most people think about broken bones when they think about personal injuries in a car crash. While broken bones are a common car accident injury, a victim can have serious soft tissue damages, too. These damages can be as devastating or even more devastating than broken bones.

What Is a Soft Tissue Injury?

Soft tissues in the body are the parts of the body that surround and support the bones and the organs. Soft tissues include your tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Nerves, blood vessels and fat are also soft tissues. Soft tissues are stretchy and malleable. Human soft tissue can stretch and bend a little bit without breaking.

What's the Significance of Soft Tissues in a Car Accident Case?

The bendable nature of soft tissue means that it's possible and even likely to suffer a soft tissue injury without there being any visible damage. You can tear a ligament, and it probably won't show in an x-ray. You can pull a muscle, and no one's going to be able to feel it except for you. That means there are real challenges to proving soft tissue injuries in order to win your Nevada personal injury case.

Types of Soft Tissue Injuries

There are many different ways you can suffer a soft tissue injury. You may even have multiple types of soft tissue injuries. Here are just some of the soft tissue injuries that you may suffer in a Nevada car accident:

1. Muscle Strains

A muscle strain is when a muscle gets pulled too hard. If the muscle fibers don't have the ability to expand enough for the direction and speed that they're pulled, they rip. A muscle strain can take a long time to heal. It can happen anywhere in the body, but after a car accident, they're common in the neck, shoulders, and legs. If you suffer a muscle strain, the common treatment is rest, ice, bandaging and elevating the affected muscle.

2. Contusions

When bleeding occurs on the inside of the body without breaking the skin, it's called bruising or a contusion. If you have visible bruising, you can take photographs to document your injuries. Ice and elevation can help you minimize your symptoms and heal your bruises.

3. Sprains

A sprain occurs when you tear a ligament that surrounds a joint. Usually, after a sprain, it hurts to put weight or pressure on the injured area. Sprains take a significant amount of time to heal. There are different grades of sprains depending on the severity of the damage. Sprains are a common car accident injury because the impact of a crash often pulls ligaments with great force in abnormal ways.

4. Traumatic Brain Injury

Perhaps one of the most devastating types of soft tissue damage is traumatic brain injury. A brain injury can hurt your memory in the long run, and it can cause headaches, sensitivity, and confusion from the day you experience it. Scientists are only beginning to come to terms with just how devastating a brain injury can be. Fortunately, if you see a neurologist as soon as possible after a car accident, they may be able to diagnose a concussion. Even an emergency room physician should have some knowledge of brain injuries and how to diagnose them. A skilled physician should be able to run you through a series of tests in order to determine whether you've had a concussion. If you have a concussion, there are critical things to do in order to treat your injury and heal your brain.

5. Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when your head and neck jerk violently during the impact of a crash. The crash can cause hyperextension of the head and neck beyond where they're meant to go. Whiplash can create stiffness in the upper body. It can create sharp pain, lasting discomfort, and even cognition issues. It's important to see a doctor immediately if you suspect whiplash because untreated whiplash can result in permanent injuries.

If I Have a Soft Tissue Injury, Can I Still Win My Case?

Although there are some challenges with proving damages in a case with soft tissue injuries, there are still things that you can do to recover fair compensation for your case. It's important to see a medical professional as soon as you can after the accident. They can document your symptoms and make an official diagnosis. You should also take the time to write down your symptoms. If the doctor gives you a treatment plan, it's crucial that you follow it. You don't want the other side getting a photo of you skipping to the mailbox when you're supposed to be on bed rest. Proving soft tissue damages can be a matter of proving to the jury that your testimony is credible. That makes it important to follow your treatment plan and document your medical care.

The Independent Medical Examination - Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure 35

If your medical condition is in dispute, your own medical treatment providers can help you diagnosis your injuries and create a treatment plan. However, the other side in your case might want you to have an independent medical evaluation. They can invoke Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure 35 in order to make a motion for you to have a medical exam with someone of their choice. The person they send you to must have the usual professional licenses for their work. They must prepare a report that's available to you about their findings and diagnosis.

Working With an Attorney

If you're not sure how to document soft tissue damage for your personal injury case, an experienced Nevada personal injury attorney can help. They can give you a checklist of things to do in order to collect the evidence and value the claim. They can also help you prepare your testimony about your injuries in a way that's likely to be effective. An experienced attorney can help you address all aspects of your case in order to help you succeed in navigating Nevada's complex legal system.

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