When most people think about a personal injury, the first thing that comes to mind are broken bones. Some of the most common personal injuries sustained in a Nevada accident – whether it be a car accident, slip and fall, or other type of accident – are soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are often disregarded as minor and not cause for concern. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Soft tissue injuries can be devastating and have the potential to cause serious, debilitating, and permanent injuries. For this reason, all soft tissue injuries should be taken seriously.
What is a Soft Tissue Injury?
Soft tissues are the parts of the body that surround and support your organs and bones. Examples of soft tissues include ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and fat. Our soft tissues are malleable and stretchy. In other words, human soft tissue has the ability to bend somewhat without breaking like a bone would. Soft tissue injuries can occur even in low-impact accidents.
Because of the bendable nature of our soft tissues, it is completely possible and likely to suffer a soft tissue injury without seeing any visible change in the body part affected. Indeed, you can tear a ligament in your leg or arm and this injury will not show up in any diagnostic testing like an x-ray. Likewise, if you pull a muscle no one will be able to feel the injury and the pain except for you. for these reasons, proving soft tissue injuries in a Nevada personal injury case can be challenging.
Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
Unfortunately, there are several ways in which someone can suffer a soft tissue injury in Nevada. Sometimes personal injury victims have more than one soft tissue injury as a result of an accident. Some of the most common types of soft tissue injuries include:
Strained muscles: When a muscle is pulled too hard, it becomes strained. This occurs when the muscle fibers cannot expand enough for the direction and speed in which they are pulled, resulting in a rip. Muscle strains can take quite some time to heal, and can happen anywhere in your body;
Sprains: When a ligament that surrounds a joint is torn, a sprain has occurred. Generally, after a person has suffered a strain, he or she experiences pain when weight or pressure is placed on the injured area. Depending on the severity of the injury, there are different types of sprains. Sprains can require a long time to heal;
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): A brain injury can cause damage to the victim’s short and long term memory, headaches, sensitivity, and confusion. Sometimes symptoms appear on the day of the injury, while other times there is a delay in the manifestations of the TBI;
Whiplash: When your head and neck jerk violently during the impact of a crash, you have experienced whiplash. Causing over extension of the head and neck, whiplash often creates stiffness in the victim’s upper body. Other symptoms may include chronic discomfort, sharp pain, and cognitive problems;
Contusions: A contusion, or bruising, happens when bleeding occurs on the inside of the body but no skin is broken to let the blood out. Visible bruising can be documented through photographs and should be since eventually the bruising will disappear.
Personal Injury Help in Nevada
If you have suffered soft tissue injuries as a result of a Nevada accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau today. We have been fighting for the rights of the injured in Las Vegas and across Nevada for years, and are ready to address all aspects of your case and help you navigate our complex legal system.
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