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Soft tissue damage and its common symptoms

Drivers in Connecticut who were involved in an accident have been suffering from aches and pains ever since will want to know more about soft tissue damage because this may be to blame. Soft tissue refers to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. When these non-bony parts of the body are strained, sprained or torn through any sudden, uncontrolled movement, they can lead to chronic pain and swelling. In serious cases, these injuries lead to bleeding and the loss of motor functions in the limbs.

Soft tissue injuries are common in auto accidents because the impact, swerving and braking of an accident jolt the body back and forth. Unfortunately, soft tissue damage cannot be detected by X-ray and is therefore difficult for doctors to diagnose. The symptoms may appear soon after the accident, or it may take days until they appear. In the meanwhile, victims may choose to delay treatment, negatively affecting the healing process.

The most common form of soft tissue damage is whiplash, which affects the neck. It's found most frequently in victims of rear-end collisions. Victims may experience shooting pains in their neck as well as stiffness and a burning, tingling sensation. This could be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, poor sleep and bouts of memory loss. In some cases, victims suffer from accident-related PTSD and depression.

Victims who believe that another driver was negligent in causing a car accident may wish to see a lawyer about filing a claim. If successful, the victim might be reimbursed for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To determine the total medical costs, including for future care, the lawyer may bring in medical experts. Accident investigators may be able to build up proof of the defendant's negligence. The lawyer might then negotiate for an informal settlement, taking the case to court if negotiations fall through.

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