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Soft Tissue Injuries & Car Accidents

After a car accident, many people end up seeking medical attention for soft tissue injuries. Depending on the severity of the damage, these injuries can heal quickly or become life-long physical impairments. Insurance adjusters often dispute or trivialize soft tissue injuries because of this discrepancy. If you incur soft tissue injuries from a car accident, you’re going to need an experienced personal injury attorney to recover the full value of your claim.

What are Soft Tissue Injuries?

“Soft tissue injury” is a term often used by insurance adjusters when they want to suggest that an injury isn’t particularly serious. Soft tissue injuries can include: bruises, sprains, and damage to tendons, ligaments, or muscles in the human body—essentially, the softer areas of your body, as opposed to bones.


Whiplash is a common and specific type of soft tissue injury. In a car accident, whiplash can be caused by the sudden back-and-forth jerking of the neck and head. Such a violent jolt can injure the muscles and ligaments in the neck, causing them to stretch and tear.

Whiplash symptoms include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck and back pains
  • Intense headaches
  • Radiating pain in the arms

Seeking Medical Treatment

It’s important to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident. Oftentimes, victims with soft tissue injuries don’t even realize they’re injured because their adrenaline and shock masks their discomfort. After a few hours, or even days, the victim can start to experience serious pain and other related side-effects.

During your medical examination, make sure to thoroughly explain the accident to your doctor and indicate any parts of your body that may feel pain. This account can help the doctor fully comprehend the extent of your injuries and determine which treatment options may be most effective. Plus, your injuries are automatically noted in your medical report, which is important evidence in your lawsuit.

The Limits of Medical Science & the Consequences

Unfortunately, soft-tissue injuries rarely show up on MRIs or x-rays, and, if they do, they may only expose some swelling and inflammation. Insurance adjusters may argue that the lack of discernable evidence on the scans proves that your injury isn’t very serious.

An experienced car accident attorney will hire a medical doctor who can explain to any insurance adjusters or the court that your soft tissue injuries may cause serious and life-long problems even if the medical scans don’t display the damage.

Living with Soft Tissue Injuries

Many people fail to seek medical treatment after an accident because they dismiss their soft tissue injuries as mild side-effects of the collision. However, soft tissue injuries don’t always heal over time; in fact, they can require ongoing professional medical care, which is often expensive.

If your soft tissue injury doesn’t resolve within 6 months, you need to talk to an experienced car accident attorney who can represent your rights in court. After all, these injuries can prevent you from performing the duties of your job and may result in lost income.

Seek Legal Guidance

Contact Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C. if you’ve been injured in a car accident and want to pursue compensation for your soft tissue injuries. Our experienced St. Louis car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to pay any attorney fees until you’re awarded damages.

We provide evening and weekend appointments that can take place at your home or hospital. Contact Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C. at (314) 635-7606 to schedule your free consultation.