When you are injured in a personal injury accident, such as a motor vehicle crash, workplace injury, or slip & fall, you can suffer a variety of injuries. Common injuries in personal injury accidents include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and soft tissue injuries. Unfortunately, many insurance companies treat soft injuries as “minor injuries” that heal quickly and do not require compensation. However, soft tissue injuries HURT and can cause long-term impairments and disabilities.
Our Maryland personal injury attorney represents clients who have suffered soft tissue injuries in accidents. We believe that every accident victim deserves to be compensated fully for all damages caused by an accident, including soft tissue injuries.
What are Soft Tissue Injuries?
A soft tissue injury results in damage to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Injuries to the soft tissues are common in slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, and car crashes. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons describes common acute soft-tissue injuries as:
- Sprains — Sprains are the result of tearing a ligament or over-stretching a ligament. Wrists, ankles, and knees are the areas that are most vulnerable to sprains.
- Strains — Strains are similar to sprains, but a strain is an injury to the tendons or muscles. A strain may involve over-stretching or a partial or complete tear of the tendon or muscle.
- Bruises (Contusions) — A bruise or contusion is the result of a blow or blows that injures the connective tissue and muscle fibers without breaking the skin.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is an irritation or inflammation of a tendon or the covering of the tendon. It is usually caused by a series of small stresses that aggravate the tendon. Tendinitis can be the result of repetitive motions at
- Bursitis — Bursitis is an inflammation of the small sacs of fluid that are between soft tissues and bones that reduce friction and provide cushioning. As with tendinitis, repeated small stresses can cause bursitis, such as repetitive motions at work.
In some cases, soft tissue injuries can be treated with rest, compression, ice, elevation, and pain medication. However, some soft tissue injuries may require more aggressive medical intervention. Therefore, an accident victim with a soft tissue injury can incur significant medical expenses and lost time from work. In addition, soft tissue injuries can cause severe, chronic pain that does not respond to pain medication.
If a person’s soft tissue injury is caused because of a work-related injury or stress or the negligent acts of another party, that person may be entitled to compensation for their damages. Unfortunately, an insurance company may not take a soft tissue injury claim seriously. A Maryland soft tissue injury lawyer can help you fight to receive compensation for your pain, suffering, and financial losses.
Whiplash is a Common Soft Tissue Injury
Whiplash is a common injury in vehicle-related accidents and falls. When a person suffers a sudden jolt that causes the neck to move violently in a back-and-forth motion, the soft tissues in the neck can be damaged causing whiplash. As with other soft tissue injuries, whiplash may heal given time and rest. However, some accident victims suffer chronic symptoms that can impair their ability to work or perform their normal daily activities.
Symptoms of whiplash may include:
- Stiffness and pain in your neck and shoulders
- Pain that increases when you turn your head to look over your shoulder
- Tenderness in your upper back, shoulders, and arms
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
- Loss of range of motion
- Blurred vision
- Problems with sleep
- Depression or irritability
- Concentration or memory problems
- Ringing in the ears
You should see a physician after an accident, but especially if you experience symptoms that do not ease in a day or two or become increasingly worse with time. In some cases, a victim may have also suffered other tissue damage or fractures that could be contributing to the cause of their symptoms. Only after a thorough examination and diagnostic tests can a doctor determine the exact cause of your pain and suffering.
Filing a Claim for Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash
Some cases of soft tissue injuries and whiplash may heal completely. On the other hand, you may suffer from symptoms for months or years after the injury. Your injury may prevent you from working or enjoying life. When the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another party caused the injury, Maryland’s personal injury laws provide a legal cause of action for recovering compensation from the responsible party.
Soft tissue injury claims can be very difficult to prove. If you have been injured, you need an experienced soft tissue injury lawyer to help you with your claim.
For a free consultation to discuss your injuries and options for filing an injury claim, contact Pinder Plotkin, LLC by calling 410-661-9440. Our Parkville MD personal injury attorneys offer free case evaluations.
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