A minor fender bender is a “low-speed accident that involves a car’s fender or bumper” that generally results in the vehicle sustaining little to no damage. [Source: Esurance]. Now, although many individuals, especially those who cause a collision, believe that just because an accident is considered to be a “minor” one, there is no chance the driver of the vehicle they hit could sustain an injury, however, that is not entirely accurate. The truth is, it is possible for a motorist to suffer an injury in a fender bender, even when there isn’t must damage shown on the vehicle.
According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “there does not seem to be an absolute speed or amount of damage a vehicle [must] sustain for a person to experience injury.” After analyzing crash tests, the source highlighted that “a change of vehicle velocity of 2.5 mph may produce occupant symptoms,” although “vehicle damage may not occur until 8.7 mph.” What this means is that there is a chance that a motorist could sustain an injury in a low-impact car collision even if the vehicle shows little to no damage. That is why car crash victims are generally encouraged to seek medical attention immediately following a wreck so that a physician can assess their condition and rule out any type of injury, even the minor ones.
The source goes on to highlight that among all types of injuries a car crash victim might sustain in a minor fender bender, soft tissue injuries were a possible outcome. What constitutes as a soft tissue injury? Below we highlight what Johns Hopkins Medicine would consider to be a soft-tissue injury along with the symptoms of each.
- Contusions. A contusion, which is also known as a bruise, “is an injury to the soft tissue often produced by a blunt force, such as a kick, fall, or blow.” Generally, when someone suffers a contusion, they experience pain, swelling, and discoloration because of bleeding into the tissue.
- Sprain. A sprain is a “partial tear to a ligament and is often caused by a wrench or twist,” and the ankles, knees, or wrists are the most common areas to suffer a sprain. While most heal with rest, ice, compression, or elevation, if it has been determined that the ligament has completely torn, surgery may be necessary to repair it [Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine].
- Bursitis. Although this type of injury is often caused by “overuse injury,” it can “also be caused by direct trauma to a joint.” Bursitis is “the inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion between bones and muscles or tendons.” This soft tissue injury generally affects the shoulders, knees, hips, elbows, ankles, or even the feet.
- Strain. “A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, and is often caused by overuse, force, or stretching.” While patients have noticed some relief by applying ice to the injured area, resting it, or elevating it, if the muscle has a tear, there is a good chance that surgery is required to mend it.
If you suffered a soft tissue injury or even a more severe injury in a car accident that occurred in Monroe, LA and are looking to recover compensation that can help you afford the medical bills you are now required to pay, contact Campbell, House & Cummins, Attorneys at Law. If there’s one thing our attorneys specialize in, it’s getting car crash victims a fair amount of compensation for the injuries they suffered. If you would like to learn more about our firm and how we can help you, contact us today at 318-855-0285 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our helpful and experienced LA car accident lawyers.
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