A variety of injuries can result from car accidents in Virginia. For instance, though their seriousness may sometimes be overlooked, soft tissue injuries are both common and serious injuries that can result from a car accident. Soft tissue and related whiplash injuries may not be noticed immediately. It is important for car accident victims to understand these injuries and their rights if they are harmed in a car accident by a negligent driver.
Common types of soft tissue injuries include sprains, contusions and strains of muscles or tendons. Soft tissue injuries can be painful and serious for sufferers and can have an impact on their daily lives. Whiplash is another common injury associated with the violence of a car accident. Symptoms of whiplash can include stiffness in the neck, sharp neck pain, back problems and cognitive issues which may all be suffered by car accident victims experiencing whiplash injuries.
Whiplash injuries can worsen over time, so it is important to pay attention following a car accident. Chronic pain can result in the back and neck as a result of a whiplash injury which is why it is important to seek medical treatment. Car accident victims suffering soft tissue injuries or whiplash injuries should make sure to seek appropriate medical care and to keep records of the care they receive. When they have been harmed in a car accident by a negligent driver, legal options to help them recover compensation for the medical care they have had to undergo may be available.
In addition, victims may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering damages and the overall physical, financial and emotional harm associated with a soft tissue and whiplash injuries. It is important for victims to be aware that these protections are available to them when harmed in a car accident.
Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Soft Tissue Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents," Accessed Dec. 26, 2016