What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?
Soft tissue injuries refer to damage to the body’s soft, non-bony structures, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues. Injuries can range from minor strains and sprains to more severe damage, like tears. Common types of soft tissue injuries in accidents include:
- Strains: When muscles are stretched or torn due to overexertion or sudden, forceful movements, strains often occur. Such injuries can be painful and cause swelling and reduced mobility.
- Sprains: Sprains can happen when ligaments are stretched or torn. Such injuries can occur in falls, sports activities, or car accidents. They can be painful and lead to instability in the affected joint.
- Contusions: Contusions (bruises) result from blunt force trauma to the body. While minor bruises are generally harmless, deep contusions can cause considerable pain and swelling, especially when involving muscle tissue.
- Whiplash: Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury in rear-end car accidents. It happens when the neck is forcefully jerked back and forth during impact. Whiplash can lead to chronic neck pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
You Could Be Entitled to Compensation
Soft tissue injuries can occur in many daily activities, such as during housework, while playing sports, or at work. However, if your sprain or strain happened due to another’s carelessness or recklessness, you could pursue compensation. You may have a personal injury case if your soft tissue injuries occurred in the following circumstances:
- Slip and fall
- Motor vehicle accident
- Physical violence
- Workplace accidents
Depending on the severity of your soft tissue injuries, you could qualify for different kinds of legal damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Soft tissue injuries can be painful and life-disrupting, even when not immediately visible. If someone else is responsible for your soft tissue injuries, they or their insurance company should pay for your damages. However, getting adequate compensation from an insurance company or at-fault party can be challenging. Consider hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer who can advocate for you and help you in several ways, including:
- Case evaluation: An attorney can assess the viability of your case, determine the liable parties, and build a case against the wrongdoer(s).
- Gather evidence: Your lawyer can assist you with collecting and organizing the evidence required to prove your case and damages. Crucial evidence can include medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and expert testimonies.
- Negotiation: Insurance companies can be quick to reduce or deny valid compensation claims. A personal injury attorney knows how to negotiate effectively and will aim to secure fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
- Legal representation: When negotiations fail, your attorney can represent your best interests before a judge and jury, fighting hard for what you deserve at trial.
Most importantly, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can take a burden off your shoulders and give you the time and peace of mind you need to heal fully from your injuries.
The Ammons Law Firm Is Here for You
If you were hurt in a truck accident, car crash, or another incident, we can clarify your rights and the next best steps for recovering damages. Our attorneys can be here to advise you and help you recover fair and just compensation.
You can read our personal injury law resource to learn more about the cases we handle.
Call our Houston shoulder injury attorneys at (281) 801-5617 today to get started with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.