MA and RI Attorney Serving Victims of Soft Tissue Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents

Soft tissue injuries – injuries to the muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons – are common in motor vehicle accidents and often leave victims reeling from exorbitant medical bills and long-term pain and suffering. Individuals who suffer soft tissue injuries are often forced to miss time from work, and many find themselves unable to do many of the things they used to do before their collision.

In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, all of these are losses for which accident victims can seek financial compensation. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at The Bottaro Law Firm are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Continue reading to learn more about soft tissue injuries, and then call us at (401) 777-7777 or text Mike Bottaro at (401) 300-5007 to find out if you have a claim for compensation.

Types of Accident-Related Soft Tissue Injuries that May Entitle You to Compensation

The following are some of the most common types of soft tissue injuries in motor vehicle accidents:

Muscle Contusions

Muscle contusions (bruises) result from blunt force trauma to the body. The impact crushes the underlying muscle fibers and connective tissue, and tears the blood vessels underneath the skin. This typically leads to swelling, pain, and limited range of motion, and many people who suffer severe contusions also experience muscle weakness and stiffness as a result of their injuries.

While most contusions will gradually heal on their own, the bigger issue is that they are often signs of more-serious injuries such as severe sprains, fractures, and dislocations. This is particularly true in severe traumatic events such as vehicle collisions. As a result, if you experience bruising following a collision, you should see your doctor right away to find out if you may need treatment or surgery.

Nerve Damage

While your spinal cord and brain make up your central nervous system, you have nerves running throughout almost every part of your body. In an auto accident, these nerves – which control your body’s motor functions and provide your sense of touch – can easily suffer permanent damage. This damage can result in severe pain, loss of sensation, and loss of mobility.

The effects of nerve damage can either be focused in the particular area of injury or, in the case of spinal cord injuries, may result in partial or total paralysis.

Sprains, Strains, and Tears

Sprains, strains, and tears are common auto accident-related injuries as well. “Sprain” refers to overstretching of ligaments (the tissues that connect your bones), while “strain” refers to overstretching of muscles and tendons (the tissues that connect your muscles to your bones). In motor vehicle accidents, victims often suffer sprains and strains as a result of their bodies being violently thrust, twisted, or shaken by the forces of the collision.

When a ligament, muscle, or tendon is stretched too far, it tears. Tears can be extremely painful and often require surgery. Sprains, strains, and tears are common in the:

  • Back
  • Arms and legs
  • Hands and feet
  • Neck
  • Shoulders


Many auto accident victims experience whiplash. Whiplash is not one specific injury, but rather a group of symptoms caused by damage to the nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues in your neck. While there are many misconceptions about whiplash, the reality is that it is a serious injury that can have lasting effects if not treated properly. You can read more about whiplash on our Spinal Cord Injuries page, linked below.

More Information about Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Sadly, victims who suffer soft tissue injuries in auto accidents often suffer other serious injuries as well. These frequently include severe lacerations and broken bones, and may also include:

At The Bottaro Law Firm, we have won millions of dollars for vehicle collision victims throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you have been injured in an accident, we want to help you recover maximum compensation for your losses.

Let Attorney Mike Bottaro and the Team at The Bottaro Law Firm Help You Fight for Maximum Compensation

For more information about how you can seek financial compensation for soft tissue injuries suffered in an auto accident, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. We represent victims throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and our No Fee Guarantee means that you pay nothing unless we win your case.

Do not let someone else’s mistake ruin your life. Contact The Bottaro Law Firm today.