Once again I think you’ll get some valuable knowledge out of reading Medical Legal Art’s blog. This month’s topic is “Soft Tissue Injuries.”
I think it is safe to say that most people involved in car accidents suffer from these injuries. Many times they go away in a matter of weeks or months. Other times it takes a lot longer. It really depends on the person.
Benjamin Broome, M.A. has a good diagram and discussion of what he has found in dealing with attorneys who litigate these cases.
I pretty much agree that there are important points to make in a soft tissue car accident injury case. Mr. Broome writes:
First it is important to explain that soft tissues all have microscopic sensory nerves that run through them. Next, it can be understood that the swelling and disruption of the soft tissues immediately following an injury put pressure on these nerves resulting in the pain that we all feel for a few days after an injury. Finally, it should be shown that in these more severe cases, microscopic scar tissue can build up within the soft tissues continuing to distort the nerves, causing pain, even after the swelling of the initial injury has subsided. This scar tissue and the resulting sensory nerve disruption is the physical source of the permanent pain in most of these soft tissue cases.
Unlike a case were someone breaks a bone or tears a ligament there really isn’t any easy way to see the injury. Identifying a broken bone on an X-Ray is almost common knowledge. Ask someone to identify “straightening of the lordosis” and they may ask whether you’re talking about Star Wars or Star Trek.
Anyway, it is a quick read and informative. I’ve used Medical Legal Art’s diagrams in many of my trials. A picture is worth a thousand words.
If you have questions about an accident where you suffered a soft tissue injury in Wisconsin feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to discuss your situation.