It is true that soft tissue injuries are not as severe as spinal cord or brain injuries that occur in an Oklahoma car accident, but they are serious and can cause uncomfortable prolonged pain. The most common causes of soft tissue injuries are a car accident or wreck. You may be entitled to compensation if you have sustained soft tissue injuries after being involved in an Oklahoma car accident.
If a person suffers soft tissue injuries, and they work at jobs that require manual labor, then they may have to request time off of work until their injuries heal. Medical professionals often encourage patients with soft tissue injuries to rest, utilize anti-inflammatory and pain medications as well as apply cold and heat to the affected areas. It can be assured that these injuries will disrupt a person’s usual daily routine and activities.
Soft Tissue Neck Injuries
Soft tissue injuries in the neck are described as a medical condition called whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are violently yanked up and down. When a car hits another car, this strong force has the tendency to push a person’s body in various directions. This abrupt movement can damage muscles, tendons, and nerves that run down the neck.
The pain of this injury leads many people to immobilize their neck in fear of worsening pain. Some people experience worse symptoms like blurry vision, headaches, drowsiness, and dizziness. This can impair one’s ability to work and sleep. On top of the potential medical bills for prescription pain medications, a person might also face lost wages.
Treatments for whiplash can become expensive if the pain does not go away within a month. Doctors will try simple treatments like rest and heat pads first. However, if a patient’s condition does not change or worsens, the doctor may order imaging tests to pinpoint specific causes of the pain. Advanced treatments for chronic whiplash involve prescription medications, muscle relaxants, injections, physical therapy, and neck collars. This all adds up on the medical bill.
Soft Tissue Arms and Legs
Most people instinctively put up their arms to limit the impact of the wreck, but this can lead to serious soft tissue injuries called sprains and strains. Sprains are stretches or tears to ligaments. Strains are stretches or tears to muscles. This can limit the movement of your arm, leg, or hand. Some areas can become swollen without treatment and severe tears may require expensive surgery.
Recovery from a sprain or strain alone can limit performance at work, but recovery from surgery could put you out of work for months. Fortunately, mild soft tissue injuries often heal within a few weeks and usually only require heat and cold pads, with rest, to heal completely.
Car Accident Attorney Oklahoma
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries after a car accident if the other driver was at fault. Do not settle for less from your insurance company if they offer you a settlement because many insurance companies cheat customers out of a fair deal. Call the Garrett Law today at (918) 622-9292 to talk to an experienced Oklahoma auto accident lawyer for a free consultation.
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