While spinal cord injuries, fractures, and internal injuries will often result in larger awards for personal injury claims, soft tissue injuries should not be overlooked during the assessment and valuation process of a personal injury claim.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, soft tissue damage includes any sprains, strains, bruising, or stress injuries. While these injuries may not always be visible, they can result in serious damage and pain. These kinds of injuries can also require long recovery periods, rehabilitative care, and can even sometimes interfere with a person’s ability to go to work. If an injury isn’t properly treated or healed, this can lead to a condition called tendonitis in which the tendon is repeatedly exposed to stress that can damage the tissue. While tendonitis is frequently attributed to sports injuries, it can also affect individuals following a car accident-especially if the individual is required to engage in physically demanding work very soon after sustaining a car accident injury. Bursitis is similar to tendonitis in that it is caused by inflammation. Bursitis affects the areas where tendons slide over bones. These injuries can be painful and debilitating, and, if they are not properly treated, they can lead to more serious problems down the line.
Unfortunately, treating these injuries can quickly become expensive. In between purchasing the best elbow compression sleeve for tendonitis and the costs of prolonged physiotherapy, it can be quite stressful on the money bags. Fortunately, the law affords personal injury victims the right to sue negligent parties in court.
Another element of a personal injury claim that can be hard to quantify, but is very important, is the determination of pain and suffering. Soft tissue injuries can lead to immense pain and suffering. According to WebMD, the two main causes of pain are tissue damage and nerve damage. Individuals may not have visible injuries, but may suffer immense pain as a result of tissue damage injuries. Pain most often stems from some kind of damage to the body’s tissues. Pain can have a huge impact on a person’s ability to resume normal quality of life activities following an accident. This can lead to missed time at work and inability to engage in sports or other active pursuits. Personal injury claims allow victims the ability to seek compensation for these losses. A skilled personal injury lawyer can review the details of your medical records, review your earning capacity before the accident, and place a proper value on your claim based on all relevant facts.
Sadly, many families and victims suffer in silence, unaware that soft tissue damage injuries can be pursued in civil court. Many may believe that only the most “serious” injuries are considered. This misconception can put families at a serious financial disadvantage. The stress of living with pain or soft tissue damage can be just as serious as the more “visible” personal injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Minneapolis, Minnesota and have been living with pain or soft tissue damage, you are not alone. The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino has years of experience helping individuals in similar circumstances receive compensation for their injuries.