Damages to muscles, joints, tendons, and other soft tissues are one of the most common types of personal injuries. These injuries often result in immediate symptoms, such as bruising, pain, and swelling, but victims are often tempted to downplay the potential long term effects they can have on their health. When soft tissue injuries occur as the result of accidents, it is important to bear in mind that you have only one chance to get the compensation you need to recover. Before accepting less than what you may be entitled to in a claim, consider the long term effects your soft tissue injuries may have on your professional life, your financial security, and your overall well being first.
The Serious Nature of Soft Tissue Injuries
The most common types of soft tissue injuries involve the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which support bone structure, joints, and the various movements of the body. These types of injuries often occur as a result of the following:
- Car, bike, and pedestrian accidents;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Getting struck by or against objects;
- Sports and recreational mishaps; and
- On-the-job accidents and overuse.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), even a relatively minor sprain, strain, or tear can have long term impacts on your overall health, preventing you from performing certain types of tasks or engaging in your usual activities. Part of the problem is that these injuries can take long weeks, months, or even years to heal completely. While people who suffer soft tissue injuries may be tempted to downplay them and resume work or daily tasks too quickly, doing so puts them at risk for causing additional – and sometimes permanent – damage.
Recovery from Soft Tissue Injuries
While soft tissue injuries are often attributed to ‘accidents’, it is often the reckless and negligent actions of others which is to blame. In these cases, you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. However, be cautious of settling your claim before the full extent of your injuries is revealed or for less than what you are likely to require as part of your future healing.
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine advise that soft tissue injuries can cause extensive damage which often requires ongoing medical care and could eventually result in long term disabilities. Before settling your claim, make sure it includes compensation for the following:
- Future medical expenses, including follow-up care, medication, and physical rehabilitation;
- Future lost income and benefits due to missed work or being unable to perform certain tasks at your job; and
- Pain and suffering, which includes lost enjoyment in life due to being unable to engage in activities you enjoy.
Let Our Bay Area Accident Attorneys Assist You
At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we have extensive experience working with clients who have suffered soft tissue injuries and can advise you on how to get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to in your claim. To request a free consultation regarding your options, call our office at 408-246-5500 or contact our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys online today.