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Beyond Bruises and Contusions: Muscle Damage from Motor Vehicle Accidents

There is a certain tendency to focus on the more dramatic possibilities when talking about the injuries resulting from a Wilmington motorcycle crash or from an overturned truck on Interstate 40. It’s true that fractured hips, traumatic brain injuries, and amputated limbs are consequences of some North Carolina car accidents, but they are far from the most common results.

The most common injuries—the ones that can show up in any accident—tend to be far less dramatic. Bumps, bruises, minor cuts, lacerations, and muscle injuries head the list. These injuries seem minor because we’ve been dealing with similar wounds ever since we were children. That’s how we all learned basic first-aid rules: wash the cut with soap and water, apply a little antiseptic, stick on an adhesive bandage, and carry on.

It isn’t necessarily so

Just because these injuries resemble routine scrapes we get in other circumstances doesn’t mean we can dismiss them easily. Our Wilmington auto accident attorneys want to repeat a message: when you have any injury after a North Carolina motor vehicle accident, it’s crucial that you visit a doctor, even if your wounds seem minor. What appears to be an insignificant wound today could easily be seen as a medical crisis tomorrow.

This is especially true of muscle and soft tissue injuries. In fact, you may not even recognize that you have damaged the soft tissues of your internal organs until irreversible complications occur because your nervous system has few pain sensors deep in your body. Injuries to skeletal muscles, tendons, and ligaments, on the other hand, are often marked by severe pain and swelling.

But the key symptom after a vehicle collision is bruising—known by medical professionals under a variety of names, including contusions, hematomas, petechias, purpuras, or ecchymosis. Bruises are signs that blood vessels have been broken, leaking blood and other fluids to surrounding tissues, but bruising typically accompanies muscle damage.

Responding to Muscle and Soft Tissue Injuries

Each muscle and soft tissue injury requires careful diagnosis and treatment specific to its circumstances. Whiplash, muscle strains, and simple contusions can often heal with resting the injured area. Torn ligaments, joint sprains, and tendon injuries are less likely to heal naturally; surgery may be required. Damage to deep-body soft tissues—for example, a ruptured spleen—can be fatal unless recognized and treated immediately.

Muscle injuries that are not life-threatening need the appropriate medical response. If you have one of these injuries, you must secure right treatment or else risk months of chronic, debilitating pain. Injured muscles that are not healed properly can be re-injured more easily in the future, and may permanently limit your range of motion.

Sadly, the proper therapies for a soft tissue or muscle injury in North Carolina can be expensive. If you were hurt through the actions of a negligent driver or a poorly maintained vehicle, you may be eligible for financial recovery to set things right.

A Wilmington personal injury lawsuit may be able to get you compensation to pay your medical bills and cover rehabilitation costs, in addition to reimbursing you for all your other losses. Connect with Speaks Law Firm today by calling 877-593-4233 toll-free to schedule a confidential and free meeting with a lawyer. We are also pleased to send you a FREE copy of our staff book, The North Carolina Auto Injury Book, to introduce our legal team.