Back injuries on the rise
Back injury and whiplash resulting from auto accidents is the most common type of personal injury cases that are handled by personal injury attorneys. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an auto accident occurs every ten seconds in this country. In any year, there are upwards of six million auto accidents, resulting in nearly 50,000 deaths and over 2 million injuries. The most frequent cause of auto accidents is driver negligence. The most common incidents of driver negligence include the following:
- distracted or inattentive driving
- drunk driving
- reckless driving
Factors that are not related to driver negligence but are significant causes of accidents are as follows:
- defective tires or brakes
- malfunctioning traffic signals
- poorly maintained roads and highways
Soft tissue injuries
The first impression that people have when they think of back injury is a broken back, or broken bones in the spine. However, the most common injury that back injury victims of car accidents suffer is known as the soft tissue injury. A soft tissue injury is an injury to parts of the body that are not bones. This includes tendons, ligaments, joint cartilage, and muscles. These are called soft tissues because they are not hard like bones, causing them to be easily torn or stretched beyond their breaking point. When this happens, the result is severe pain related to swelling, bleeding, and inflammation.
Common soft tissue injuries include the following:
- Nerve damage (pinched nerve)
- Dislocated joints
- Strains (damage to the muscle or tendon)
- Sprains (damage or tear of ligaments)
- Contusions and bruises
Soft tissue injuries cannot be detected by x-rays, so many do not know that they have been injured until symptoms appear. These symptoms can take anywhere from a few hours to several days before they present themselves. The two most common symptoms are pain and inflammation.
Injury to soft tissues almost always leads to inflammation of the injured area. Inflammation is not bad; in fact, it is the body’s way of healing the injury. At the same time, inflammation can cause relentless pain and limit mobility. Inflammation should not last for a long period of time, or it will cause serious damage to the body. If you experience pain and inflammation for more than a 2 or 3 days, you should consult a physician.
One of the top accident attorneys in Charlotte, NC
Legal cases involving soft tissue injury or whiplash require an attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of these types of injuries and is qualified to handle such cases. Even if you are not sure that you have a case, you have nothing to lose by seeking advice from an accident attorney from the Olive Law Firm. They have been helping residents of North Carolina seek justice for nearly 60 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident and has suffered soft tissue injury or whiplash; call the Olive law Firm, tell them about your back injury, and let them go to work for you.