Following a car accident, victims should always seek medical care, treatment and attention even if they do not think they are injured. Sometimes car accident injuries are not immediately evident or may worsen over time, including neck and back injuries and soft tissue injuries, which is why victims should always seek medical care and attention and know the legal protections available to them.
What to do after a car accident
Following a car accident, car accident victims should remain at the scene. Emergency personnel and authorities should be summoned to the scene. They should ensure they receive the medical care and treatment they need and should document their injuries and keep a record of the medical care and treatment they receive.
What are soft tissue injuries?
Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the body’s “soft” areas including the ligaments, tendons and muscles. Common examples of soft tissue injuries include sprains, strains and contusions. Whiplash injuries are a common type of car accident injury and a common example of a soft tissue injury. Symptoms of whiplash injuries can include neck stiffness, sharp neck pain, back problems and cognitive problems. Whiplash injuries are serious injuries that can grow worse over time and may be difficult to treat.
Compensation for a soft tissue injury
Whiplash injuries and other types of injuries, along with the medical care car accident victims need to treat them, can be compensable through a personal injury claim for damages. For that reason, victims should be familiar with how a personal injury claim can help them recover compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages they suffered in a car accident.