What Do I Need to Know About Soft Tissue Injuries?

James Law Office, LLC

When you endure an injury due to another person’s negligence, you may not know how to proceed, especially if the injury isn’t as severe as a broken bone or traumatic brain injury. However, when you suffer harm that results in medical bills, lost income, or pain and suffering, you could eligible for financial compensation. If you’ve sustained soft tissue injuries, you’ll want to keep reading to learn more and discover how a Darlington County, South Carolina personal injury lawyer can help you.

What Are Soft Tissue Injuries and How Do They Happen?

Soft tissue injuries can occur when the tissue throughout your body becomes damaged. Tendons, muscles, and ligaments can all suffer damage whether it is from overuse or an acute injury. Though athletes and those who participate in physical activity are at an increased risk, these injuries can occur nearly anywhere.

Generally, if you overstretch and use a ligament or muscle over time, it can suffer damage. However, these injuries can also occur when these tissues sustain sharp, sudden damage. For example, someone perfectly healthy may tear their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) if they slip on a wet patch or are injured in a car crash.

Other soft tissue injuries one may endure include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • ACL, MLC, PCL, or LCL tears (the four major ligaments in the knee)
  • Contusions
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis

It’s also important to understand that sprains can range in severity. Grade 1, is the overstretching or slight damage to the ligament, while Grade 3 is a complete tear.

What Should I Do If I Was Injured by a Negligent Party?

If you sustained a soft tissue injury due to the negligence of another party, understanding your legal options is vital. Unfortunately, many insurance adjusters and defense attorneys for the liable individual will try to downplay the severity of the pain you’re experiencing. This is why it’s vital to visit a doctor immediately following an injury. If you do not seek medical attention, the defense may claim your injuries cannot be that bad if you delayed medical care.

Similarly, you should avoid posting on social media. If you have photos of you smiling with friends or are tagged in the background of a picture where everyone is enjoying a day at the beach, these can be used against you. Unfortunately, the defense can say that since your quality of life has not diminished, you are not entitled to compensation.

When injured due to another party’s negligence, ensuring you contact the Jame Law Office immediately is essential to getting the compensation you deserve for the injuries you’ve sustained. Contact us today to connect with a competent attorney to discuss the details of your case.

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