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Soft tissue damage can bring pain after car crashes

Drivers in New Jersey who have been victims of a car crash may experience lingering pain and ongoing problems due to the soft tissue injuries that frequently accompany motor vehicle accidents. This type of injury is distinguished from a hard tissue injury because rather than affecting bone or cartilage, these affect softer body parts like ligaments, tendons and muscles. There are a number of signs and symptoms that can point to soft tissue damage after an auto accident, including sprains, tears and other pains and injuries.

The power of a car accident's impact can jolt the people inside the vehicle, forcing their bodies to move quickly in different directions. Even protective responses to a crash such as sharply applying the brakes or entering a brace position can intensify damage to soft tissue. The impact of a car crash can damage the soft tissue and force it to stretch. One of the most common types of soft tissue injuries suffered in a car accident is whiplash, a neck injury. This most frequently occurs in rear-end accidents when a car is hit from behind. The accident victim's head swiftly moves back and forth, putting pressure on the neck that can later manifest as chronic pain.

Whiplash is not the only type of soft tissue injury. They can often be difficult to diagnose because, unlike hard tissue injuries, the damage is not detectable on X-rays. However, the ongoing pain and suffering of people with muscle, ligament and tendon injuries can have a serious impact on daily life.

People who have been injured in a car accident due to another's dangerous or negligent driving have a right to seek compensation for their suffering. Injured accident victims can work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue recompense for their damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other losses as a result of the crash.

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