As you begin your workday, you have mentally prepared yourself to tackle anything that comes your way. Unfortunately, before you even have the chance to punch the clock, another car strikes you instead, leaving you with injuries to your soft tissues, along with emotional trauma. All of your mental preparation could not have prepared you for this.
Fortunately, if the car accident that caused your soft tissue injuries was the result of another person's carelessness, you have the right to take legal action. Here is a look at what your options are if you have suffered injuries to your soft tissues in Texas.
Types of injuries affecting the soft tissues
Your body's soft tissues include the muscles, tendons and ligaments. These tissues can sustain a variety of injuries, including whiplash sprains, contusions and strains.
Whiplash is among the most frequently occurring soft tissue injuries and occurs when your head moves backward and forward rapidly. Meanwhile, a ligament sprain occurs when you have overextended a joint, and a strain happens if you overuse a tendon or muscle. A contusion is essentially a soft tissue bruise.
Injuries to your soft tissues: what to look for
These kinds of injuries commonly occur in motor vehicle accidents due to the sudden impact of two motor vehicles colliding. The force exerted in a severe crash can easily jolt you.
Signs that you have injured your soft tissues include the following:
- Severe discomfort and pain
Seeking medical attention as soon as possible is critical if you suspect that you have suffered an injury to your soft tissues. A qualified medical provider can diagnose your issue and then treat any pain you may be experiencing.
Your rights if you have suffered injuries to your soft tissues
If another motorist's carelessness has caused you to injure your soft tissues, you may file a personal injury claim against the motorist, seeking financial damages. If you are successful in your claim, you might receive a judicial award of financial damages that may help you to cover your medical costs and other losses resulting from the car accident. Your damages may also help you to address any emotional distress you have suffered as a result of the collision.