When Minor Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries Aren’t So Minor

The facts are indisputable. There are approximately 55,000 motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries each year in British Columbia. And we injury attorneys see more each year. Many of these accidents are considered “minor” in nature. But when it comes to injuries sustained in these minor accidents, most of which are back and neck injuries, they are not “minor” when it comes to the pain experienced by victims.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Many injuries sustained in minor accidents are soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are those that involve supporting tissue of the musculoskeletal system. They include fat, muscle, blood vessels, ligament, tendons, and peripheral nerves. The elusive quality of these injuries is that they aren’t detected by x-rays and can often take time to show symptoms. Soft tissue injuries can also be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Symptoms of Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries can often present as pain in the back and neck region. The motion that’s sustained in many minor accidents such as rear-end collisions causes the neck to react in a traumatic back and forth motion. This is what is known as whiplash. Even though our contemporary cars are designed to be more safety focused and to absorb collision impact, these modern defenses may not get triggered at lower speeds. The force of impact may have seemed minor but your body has sustained an impact that is enough to cause injuries.

Minor accidents can result in injuries such as:

Neck injuries
Back and spinal injuries
Brain injuries and concussions

What is Whiplash?

One of the most common yet hard to diagnose injuries that is seen after a minor motor vehicle accident is whiplash or cervical acceleration-deceleration. This occurs with a sudden backward motion and then immediate subsequent forward motion. Because of the neck’s ability to move in many directions, it is especially vulnerable to this type of injury which can result in neck pain, shoulder pain, spasms, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, headaches, jaw pain, joint pain, herniated disc, and muscle tears.

Treatment is typically conservative and works by reducing swelling and immobilizing the neck temporarily. But in severe cases, ongoing pain requires more intervention and even surgery.

If you have been involved in a minor motor vehicle accident, pay attention to symptoms of possible soft tissue injuries. It is important to get medical attention even if you are not sure if you have sustained an injury. Medical professionals can often detect injuries before they produce physical symptoms. When it comes to motor vehicle accident injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical costs. Call a local injury lawyer to understand your rights after an injury.