Any injury that is caused unduly by negligence should be regarded as serious, even when it may seem minor at the time. Soft tissue injuries such as strains, sprains and contusions are often caused from work place, vehicle and fall accidents where the harm was caused from the negligence of another. Even though soft tissue injuries are generally less serious, they can still require medical attention, time lost from work and pain for the victim.
Types And Treatment Of Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries involve the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the bone structure of the body. These can be caused by impact injuries such as falls or auto accidents but even everyday strain on the job can lead to soft tissue damage. The common types of soft tissue injuries include:
- Sprain. Ligaments connect one bone to another and can become stretched or torn when twisted. Joints such as ankles, wrists and knees are all susceptible to sprains. Most mild sprains can be treated with R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation), however it still may require a brace or time missed from work. Severe sprains could even need surgical repair of the ligaments.
- Strain. The muscles and tendons that support the bones can become strained in an injury, with one or both becoming stretched or torn. Strains are also usually treated with R.I.C.E., but once again if the tears are severe, there could need to be surgical intervention to repair the injury.
- Tendonitis. Inflammation of a tendon or the outside of a tendon is referred to as tendonitis. This is common in people who play sports, with repeated stress to the tendons causing the inflammation. However, this can also occur in work-related injuries where tendons are injured due to repeated strain or stress on the job.
- Contusions. Contusions or bruises are when blood pools where a muscle, tendon or ligament has been damaged. Most contusions will heal on their own, however if they persist, medical attention may be required.
- Bursitis. Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa, a sack of fluid that is located between tendons or muscles and bone. Repeated stress can cause the bursa to become inflamed and painful. Rest of the tendons and muscles can reduce the inflammation, sometimes with the addition of anti-inflammatory medications.
Causes Of Soft Tissue Injuries
Many people live with the pain of a soft tissue injury and never think to ask for assistance or compensation, considering it too minor to complain about. However, these "minor" injuries can require medical treatment, result in lost wages and other financial expenses. They also can become worse over time and leave the injured person footing the bill if they did not initially make a claim for the injury. Common circumstances that can cause these injuries are:
- Auto accidents
- Work-related injury or repeated stress of the injured area on the job
- Falls at work, in public buildings or private property
- Acts of violence
Many insurance companies will downplay the significance of a soft tissue injury as an insignificant injury that deserves little attention or compensation. The truth is that soft tissue injuries can be painful and require medical care to maximize the individuals recovery. In some cases, a soft tissue injury can be permanent. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands the impact of soft tissue injuries sustained in a car accident, fall or work-related incident. Regardless of the circumstance, we work hard to relay the impact of these injuries to the insurance company, defense lawyer or jury to maximize the recover for you. Talk to our Chicago personal injury attorneys today without cost or obligation. 888-424-5757
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