Soft tissue injuries are very common in auto accidents. Soft tissue injuries are those suffered by areas of the body other than the bone. This includes bruising or lacerations or tears to muscle tissue or organs.
Sudden trauma like that experienced in an automobile collision is known to cause these kinds of injuries and they often show few symptoms at the time of an accident. When symptoms do show, they include swelling, pain and lack of mobility. But they can occur days (even weeks) after the injury.
One very common soft tissue injury caused by car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury that results from a head being thrown back suddenly and then forward again. Other kinds of injury that may delay surfacing after a car accident include head injuries.
When an individual is thrown from the impact of an auto collision, it is possible for their brain to strike the inside of their skull causing concussion. Symptoms of a concussion may be obvious or they may be more subtle. They include:
- Difficulty Concentrating or Remembering New Information
- Blurred Vision
- Low Energy
- Changed Sleep Patterns
- Because symptoms for these kinds of injuries are known to appear well after the injury is suffered, it's very important that you seek immediate medical treatment after an auto accident.
Any initial settlements you may make with an insurer will come with a release of liability. That release will revoke your legal right to damages for any injuries that come to light thereafter. (See the steps you should take when involved in a car accident and you experience no immediate symptoms.)
Don't be hasty when dealing with a personal injury claim. Seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Panio Law Offices. We understand the nuances of proving liability and we know personal injury law in Illinois. We can help recover damages for you.
Call (312) 313-03051 if you have any questions or wish to file a claim. We can help.