If you have been involved in a car accident, you will know that the harm that the event does to your body is more than just physical. You may spend days in a very upset and anxious state trying to come to terms with what has happened. In fact, the emotional affect can be so strong that the adrenaline running through your system can mask the pain of your injuries.
While you may not believe that you are injured physically during the first day of the accident, you may start to feel pain after the adrenaline starts to wear off and as your injuries start to swell. Therefore, it is important that you seek medical attention if you notice delayed-onset injuries. The following is an overview of three common soft tissue injuries after a car accident.
Whiplash is perhaps one of the most common injuries resulting from a car accident. It occurs when the head and the neck are faced to move back and forth. Whiplash can be minor or more severe, and it’s characterized by neck stiffness, sharp neck pain, back pain, and sometimes cognitive issues.
Contusions or bruises
Bruises, medically know as contusions, are what happens when blood vessels are crushed under the skin. This can lead to the pooling of blood around the injury, which is why it causes discoloration of the skin.
The stress that your body went under during the car accident can lead to strains of muscles and tendons. In some cases, muscles or tendons can completely tear, causing extreme pain, swelling and inflammation.
If you have suffered injuries after a car accident, it is important that you make your recovery your top priority. Make sure that you look into your right to make a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. If you are successful, you will be able to gain compensation both for the financial damages and for the pain and emotional suffering that the incident caused you.