One of the most frequent injuries that car accident victims face is soft tissue damage. Soft tissue includes muscles, ligaments and tendons, all of which can be strained, sprained and even torn through any sudden, uncontrolled movement. Drivers in California will want to know the symptoms of soft tissue injuries.

Some of them can be highly subjective and thus difficult for doctors to diagnose. Furthermore, soft tissue damage cannot be detected by X-ray. The most common symptoms are aches and pain as well as chronic swelling in the affected area. Blunt force trauma could lead to bruises or hematoma. Victims may also report a loss or diminishment of function in their limbs. Since symptoms may not appear until days after an accident, some victims may delay treatment and thus hinder their own healing.

Damage to the soft tissues of the neck is known as whiplash. Often caused by rear-end collisions, whiplash symptoms include shooting pains, a burning and tingling sensation in the neck and pains in the back and shoulders. Victims may experience dizziness, headaches, poor sleep quality and moments of short-term memory loss. In serious cases, whiplash will herniate a spinal disc or affect the muscle joints. PTSD-like symptoms like depression and anxiety may also accompany whiplash.

It’s important for an accident victim to determine if a car wreck was the result of the other driver’s negligence. If so, they’ll have the grounds for an injury claim. Legal counsel could hire investigators and medical experts to prove that the other driver was negligent and that the victim has suffered a loss.