Motor Vehicle Accidents—Whiplash and Other Soft Tissue Injuries
Though motor vehicle accidents often result in serious and catastrophic loss, some of the most painful and debilitating injuries sustained in car crashes don’t involve broken bones, head or spinal cord injury, burns or amputation or loss of limb. The impact of a collision with another vehicle can cause whiplash, or can lead to tears, inflammation or other damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons, making it extremely difficult or painful to perform many of the simplest tasks of your daily life. Unfortunately, these soft tissue injuries can take a long time to heal, and can prevent you from working, taking care of your home, or enjoying recreational activities.
Whiplash typically occurs when your neck snaps forward (and/or backward) upon impact with another vehicle. The magnitude of the impact stretches neck muscles and ligaments beyond their typical range of motion, and can result in tears, pulls or inflammation. Whiplash customarily first manifests in neck pain and stiffness, as well as headaches, but can also include dizziness, blurred vision and fatigue. Other indicators of whiplash include uncommon irritability, memory problems, difficulty sleeping, ringing in your ears, and problems with concentration or focus.
Other Types of Soft Tissue Injury
The impact of a collision can throw you against a steering wheel, dashboard, window or other interior component of a car. In these instances, you can sustain bruises (known medically as contusions) to muscles, extremities, chest, back or head. A contusion usually involves swelling, as well as some sensitivity to touch in the area of the bruise.
A motor vehicle accident can also cause you to hyper-extend knees or elbows, or to herniated or rupture a disk in your back. You may pull or even tear a muscle, either bracing yourself in the crash or as a result of being thrown across the interior of your car.
Contact the Law Offices of Mallon & Tranger
To learn how we can help you when you have suffered a soft tissue injury in a motor vehicle accident, contact us online or call us at 732-780-0230. There is no charge for your first meeting. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.