Many types of accidents can result in soft tissue injuries. They include but are not limited to motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, and pedestrian collisions. These injuries, which affect your ligaments, tendons, and muscles, can be extremely painful and limit your ability to work, especially if you are employed in a field that requires heavy lifting or the ability to move your arms and legs a certain way.
Common soft tissue injuries
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has identified the soft tissue injuries below as being the most common ones with an acute source, such as a fall, twist, and trauma to the body.
- This type of injury usually occurs at the wrists, knees, or ankles and can be caused by extreme rolling or twisting.
- Strained muscles or tendons. Strains typically result from overusing the affected body part or sudden trauma. Muscles or tendons may be torn, and if the injury is severe enough, it may require surgery.
- This common soft tissue injury affects the neck, spine and their muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tissues. They are a frequent outcome of a rear-end car collision when those in the affected vehicle experience and sudden and violent back and forth stretching of the head and neck. Post-incident symptoms may include a headache, nausea, limited mobility, and numbness in the hands and feet.
- Contusions and bruises. These soft tissue injuries can result in discoloration, swelling, and pain. While they often heal on their own, in some cases they can require medical intervention and treatment.
On the surface, soft tissue injuries are less catastrophic than traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and spinal cord damage. They can, however, be acutely painful and cause permanent damage if not treated properly. Treatment, which can be long-term and expensive, may include:
- Prescription medication
- Physical therapy
- Extended hospitalization
In some cases, you may never recover from a serious soft tissue injury. For example, if your lower back was injured when a distracted driver rear-ended your car, then you may experience chronic back pain.
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident or even due to years of repetitive motion on the job (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome), then contact a New York personal injury attorney who can review your case and recommend a course of action appropriate to your situation. If the injury was work-related, then you could be eligible for workers’ compensation. If you were injured due to a car accident or slip-and-fall, then you could seek compensation for your losses from the at-fault party. Your attorney will take all steps required to help you get compensation for your losses and financial coverage for any future medical treatment. To set up a free in-office initial consultation with a Bronx personal injury lawyer, call the law office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. at 718-329-9500 or visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com. Mr. Lutzky has 35+ years of legal experience and has helped many highly satisfied clients.