What Is a Soft Tissue Injury?
A soft tissue injury, which is also known as a connective tissue injury, is defined as trauma to any skin, muscle, tendon, or ligament in the body. A soft tissue injury is neither a fracture, which would be injuries of hard (bone) tissue, nor are these injuries to internal organs (heart, stomach, intestines, etc.)
How Can One Sustain a Soft Tissue Injury?
A soft tissue injury can occur because of a traumatic episode such as an automobile collision. One can also face a soft tissue injury problem because of overuse or fatigue.
What Types of Soft Tissue Injuries Can One Have as A Result of An Auto Accident Injury?
An automobile collision or other personal injury incident can cause many types of soft tissue injuries that can include Brachial Plexus Lesion, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Contusions, Sprains, Strains, Tendinitis, Whiplash.
A Soft Tissue Injury Can Be Life-Altering
While some soft tissue injuries can be mild, there are other soft tissue injuries that are more severe. A soft tissue injury can be a painful and severe injury that can alter a person's life. Such an injury can cause one to encounter mobility problems and other health and lifestyle limitations. My law firm is continually available to assist people with soft tissue injuries.
Soft Tissue Injuries Can Often Be Challenging to Prove
Various injuries such as broken bones are visible and can be determined by a radiological finding. However, a soft tissue is often not a visible injury. Often, it can be more challenging to establish a causal link between an accident and the injury in a soft tissue injury matter. Another challenge is that sometimes a soft tissue injury does not develop immediately after a particular personal injury incident. My law firm has a lot of experience in addressing soft tissue injuries and is aware of steps to help establish a viable case.
What The Victim of a Soft Tissue Injury Should Do Immediately After the Injury Incident
If you are involved in a personal injury incident that involves a soft tissue injury it is highly recommended that you or someone trustworthy near or close to you take steps to try to obtain the correct information about the at-fault driver or party. One reason is because it will be easier to serve the person, in the event of a lawsuit, if the victim has the correct information about the at-fault party. Furthermore, for insurance purposes it is important to have the correct party identified. In addition, a police report can help put together the pieces of an injury incident and help identify the at-fault individual or other entities.
I would also advise the victim of a soft tissue injury in most cases to hold off on giving a statement immediately to an opposing party or the opposing party's insurance company. Sometimes an initial statement can be twisted, or the injured person can say something out of turn that can come back and cause some potential problems later.
It is Important to Receive the Correct Medical Treatment
Like other personal injury cases, it is very important that a person with a soft tissue injury obtain the correct treatment to address a soft injury. While I am not a health care provider, my law firm can assist and provide feedback to an injured client in finding a good doctor and help the client try to get through the often confusing and stressful health insurance and health care payment maze. With an ongoing soft tissue injury, a medical provider such as an orthopedic doctor or physiatrist can be helpful to a patient.
Victims of soft tissue injuries have various remedies that they can recover as a result of their injury.
In Washington State, an injured victim can recover for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, inconvenience, future treatment, and loss of earning capacity. These damages are known as general damages.
The injured victim can also recover damages that relate to their health care treatment and loss wages. These damages are known as special damages.
A family member of an injured or deceased victim may also be able to recover for loss of support, and loss of consortium. My firm is aware of various remedies that some other law firms may ignore.
What My Law Firm Can Do
As a personal injury attorney, I am very passionate to represent people who sustain soft tissue injuries. It is very important for a personal injury victim to have a lawyer who understands the importance of examining the evidence and the legal issues involved. My firm is aware of various issues that can emerge in a soft tissue injury case, and ways to try to overcome challenges associated with these types of injury cases.