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What soft tissue injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents?

The human body is a complicated organic system with many soft tissue components like skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. These organic components are vulnerable to injury in both severe and minor motor vehicle accidents.

Many insurance companies routinely deny California motor vehicle accident claims involving injury to the body’s soft tissue. Unlike more severe wounds, it is hard to prove that you have suffered soft tissue injuries. For example, broken bones show up in x-rays, but damage to muscles or tendons does not, leaving victims without enough money to get necessary treatment.

What are some examples of soft tissue injuries?

Below is a list of three soft tissue injuries that often occur in minor to moderate motor vehicle accidents. Without proper medical treatment, these injuries can worsen and cause long-lasting pain or additional complications.

  1. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries require surgery in nearly all cases. Patients often must also undergo physical therapy to ensure proper healing.
  2. Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears also affect the knee but may improve without invasive procedures. If the injury does not improve, your doctor will likely recommend surgery.
  3. Shoulder impingement occurs in many motor vehicle accidents. Treatment usually involves rest and physical therapy. In many cases, shoulder impingement injuries require rotator cuff surgery to heal right.

Although these injuries are not typically life-threatening, they can have a lasting impact on your way of life, especially without medical intervention. Unfortunately, surgery and other procedures to treat soft tissue damage are expensive. 

It can be incredibly difficult to get the compensation you deserve from the involved insurance companies. Consider having a Los Angeles injury attorney step in on your behalf. Having an advocate in your corner can help you fight back against an insurance company that thinks they can unfairly deny or diminish your claim.