Riverside California Injury Attorney • Soft Tissue Injury
Soft tissue injuries can be deceptive: initially, a car accident victim may experience a sore neck, back, or muscle tenderness. As a result, you might think treating a soft tissue injury with ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication is enough. What most injury victims don’t realize, however, is that the full affects of a soft tissue injury can take weeks – if not months – to manifest themselves. Consequently, slip and fall and car accident victims sometimes accept a claims payout before they know what the full extent of their injuries really are.
Why Soft Tissue Injuries can be Deceptive
Common soft tissue injuries involve whiplash, torn ligaments, torn muscles, and back injuries. In general, soft tissue injuries involve stretching ligaments, torn muscles, or forcing connective tissue outside its normal boundaries.
For example, in the case of whiplash, the sudden, violent motion of the neck can stretch and injure cervical facet joints, dorsal root ganglia, ligaments, and muscles. In the case of back injuries, discs that sit beneath vertebrae may be forced outside their normal boundaries, resulting in bulging or rupture. Sprains involve an unnatural twisting or stretching of tendons and joints that result in damage to underlying tissue.
When muscle tissue, ligaments, tendons, and discs are injured, swelling and inflammation typically results. While soreness and stiffness quickly results, deeper, more serious injuries can be masked as a consequence. Over weeks and months, an injury victim may experience loss of feeling, weakness in arms or legs, headaches, dizziness, or chronic pain. In the end, a soft tissue injury may lead to permanent mobility problems, chronic pain, or disability.
Don’t assume Your Injuries aren’t Serious – Contact Jon Lewis & Associates
Insurance companies want to settle an injury claim before costs associated with an injury begin to increase. Consequently, if an insurer can convince you to accept a claims payout before the full extent of a soft tissue injury becomes apparent, they may be able to save themselves several thousands of dollars.
Don’t let yourself be misled or manipulated into accepting a claims payout that is not proportional to the full extent of your injuries. Contact Riverside soft tissue injury attorneys at Jon Lewis & Associates today to learn how we can help you protect your interests and rights.