Soft tissue injuries affect the supporting parts of the body, such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They can cause pain, swelling and permanent damage that adversely affects mobility. If someone sustains a soft tissue injury that requires medical attention or hospitalization from a wreck they didn’t cause, they may be entitled to seek compensation to help with what could be a life-long issue.
Because soft tissue injuries can be caused by cumulative wear and tear, it is not unusual for insurers to deny a soft tissue injury claim. They’ll try to claim that your injury was caused by something other than the wreck, and you may have to challenge the insurer’s decision in order to obtain a just outcome. You will need to substantiate the fact that your losses are due to a soft tissue injury were, indeed, caused by someone else’s negligence. That’s where a lawyer comes into play.
Joye Law Firm can help you seek compensation for a serious soft tissue injury. Since 1968, our South Carolina personal injury lawyers have been fighting for accident victims who have suffered soft tissue injuries in falls, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other personal injury cases due to other’s negligence or carelessness. We want to help you seek the compensation you need to rebuild your life after a serious injury. You will get the respect, compassion and care you deserve, as our team works to help you make things right. Reach out to Joye Law Firm today at 877-941-1019 or through our online form for a free review of your legal options.
Causes of Soft Tissue Injuries
A direct blow, sudden jolts or strong twisting of any joint (knees, shoulders, ankles) can strain or tear muscle, tendons or ligaments. In your back or neck, trauma can rupture spinal disks, fracture vertebra or even tear the spinal cord, which causes paralysis.
Common accidents that cause soft tissue injuries include:
- Slips, trips and falls, including falls in which the individual twists a part of their body to arrest the fall or to prevent further damage.
- Motor vehicle accidents, including pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents. Rear-end car and truck accidents are the most common cause of whiplash.
- Sports and playground accidents.
- Dog bites.
- Being slammed against a structure or object.
- Being trapped between structures or objects, such as a closing door.
- Being hit by objects, tools, debris.
- Overuse, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions caused by repetitive motion.
Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
A soft tissue injury will cause immediate pain along with swelling of the joint or area around the injury. You may be unable to use the affected body part(s), such as your arm if you have an injured shoulder. Stiffness from a soft tissue injury in the back or neck can cause immobility.
For minor strains and sprains, the treatment is rest, ice, compression, and elevation. A more serious injury should be examined by a doctor. With severe trauma, there may also be a fracture. In some cases, surgery and physical therapy may be necessary to repair the soft tissue damage.
Recovery may take from a few weeks to several months depending on the severity of injury as well as your age, general health and occupation.
You should see a doctor if you experience:
- Inability to use or put weight on an affected joint without pain
- Unusual shape or deformity
- A pop or cracking sound at the time of injury
- Pain in any surrounding bony structures
- Neurological signs like numbness or pins and needles, either at the injury site or elsewhere, such as radiating down a leg.