Soft Tissue Injury
Previously, we talked about whiplash cases and how these are often disregarded as worthless "soft tissue" cases by ruthless liability insurance companies. Here we will speak of more soft tissue claims that can ruin your life, and why they are not worthless in many cases.
Table of Contents:
- What are soft tissue injuries?
- Contusions Defined
- Sprains Defined
- Whiplash Defined
- Get Help
If you or a family member has been injured and is facing soft tissue damage, you're not alone. These types of injuries can be caused by many circumstances, and are often difficult to track down.
Some causes of these ailments include:
- Slip and falls
- Work accidents
- Car accidents
- Sporting events, and other similar situations
How Does Soft Tissue Damage Express Itself on Your Body?
Minor soft tissue damage may only cause fatigue and soreness of your muscles. But severe soft tissue damage can cause persistent, recurring pain that will require significant physical therapy and professional medical help.
Often insurance adjusters try to underplay your injuries by declaring it just a soft tissue issue. And this is often followed by a low-ball settlement offer meant to rook the victim.
However, permanent soft tissue damage to joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons are real possibilities.
So for the rest of your life, you could experience a wide array of symptoms like:
Others may seemingly heal but then later in life, the injuries manifest themselves as:
- Bursitis, arthritis, or some other medical condition.
Can these cases be severe and systemic?
Yes, as discussed:
- Many soft tissue cases will not heal without surgery and therapy.
Our injury law firm deals with cases such as bulging discs and others that can require surgery.
We have also dealt with brain contusions. These cases are often similar in some ways and very different in others– don’t be low-balled by a large insurance company. Talk to a lawyer first.
What are some of the most common soft tissue injuries?
- Contusions or bruises are soft tissue injuries often due to blunt force trauma. Examples include a punch to your face, kick to your knee, fall on a slippery floor, or drop on your head. The result is pain, swelling, or discoloration. And these can run from mild to dangerous in severity. But usually, they heal by themselves. But sometimes it requires serious medical assistance.
- A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, often caused by overuse, force, or stretching (Source). If this causes a tear in the muscle, surgery may be necessary. This injury occurs due to harm done to a connection component in the muscles. These injuries usually afflict muscles and tendons. Common causes of this injury are hyper-extension, overuse, stretching, or overextending. Should a tear occur, the muscle will be unable to heal itself? So then, medical attention and perhaps surgery may be required.
- Sprains are injuries that specifically afflict ligaments. Sprains are often caused by gyrating the muscle and ligaments in an unexpected and manner, such as a twist or rolling pressure. Sprains commonly afflict the knees, ankles, wrists, and sometimes the hips. A common severe form of a sprain is whiplash, for example.
- One of the reasons that whiplash happens in car accidents is because the head and neck are the core stabilizers in the body and are often the last to move and react. When the body moves forward quickly, the neck stays stationary, and when the body goes back, the collar receives conflicting energy.
Almost everyone who has faced injuries in car accidents experienced whiplash to a degree.
- Whiplash can take a while to manifest and can go undiagnosed.
- It could take several days for the pain to be felt and could limit a person’s movement.
- Your neck can become stiff and inflamed and suffer spasms.
- This can be felt in your shoulders and arms. Also, it may lead to tingling fingers and headaches. The effects of the case need to get addressed when the accident or pain occurs.
- Pain afflicting the neck
- Limited mobility
- Fatigue or tired edginess
- Difficulty with equilibrium/balance
- Ringing in the ears
- Hyperactive sweating
- Numb sensations in hands and feet
- Difficulty in short-term memory and concentration
As can be seen, soft tissue cases are far from worthless. Don't fall victim to the insurance industry propaganda. The only way you'll know is to get proper medical and legal care.
If your or a loved one faces such a severe case of injury due to a car accident, fall, or other issues, make sure to get the best in legal and medical advice.
The attorneys at Ehline Law Firm are ready to fight on your behalf. We are just a phone call away for a free, no-pressure consultation at (213) 596-9642.