Grand Junction Soft Tissue Damage Attorneys
After a wreck, people can easily suffer broken bones, fractured skulls, and dislocated spines. These injuries are immediate and visible, and of course, very painful. But there’s another common injury that doesn’t get as much attention but can be just as debilitating: soft tissue injury.
Soft tissue damage can be more difficult to notice, harder to diagnose, and may require a longer time to heal. If you’re a Grand Junction resident who suffered injury because of someone else’s negligence, consult with Peters & Nolan, LLC, as soon as possible to discuss your options. Our personal injury attorneys are ready to help. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to learn more.
A soft tissue injury is damage to a person’s muscles, ligaments, or tendons, the "soft tissue" of the body. Bruises and contusions also fall into this category. Overuse or repetitive-use injuries such as tendonitis or bursitis are also included. Typical symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and loss of mobility. These injuries are often categorized as “minor,” as they are harder to see and do not result in organ damage or broken bones. However, these injuries can impact your body, your mobility, and your ability to work in comfort.
Doctors generally categorize soft tissue injuries into two categories:
- Acute injuries are the result of a sudden trauma, for instance, from a fall or collision. Examples of this type include sprains, strains, contusions, and whiplash.
- Overuse injuries take place gradually, over time. When a physical movement or action is constantly repeated, it prevents the body from healing from the repetitive stress placed on it. This leads to injuries such as tendinitis or bursitis.
While minor injuries may heal on their own, more serious soft tissue damage, such as what is listed below, will require treatment from a medical professional in order to heal properly.
Sprains refer to stretching or tearing of a ligament, a band of connective tissue that joins two bones together, such as in the knee or elbow. A grade 1 strain would be considered mild, a grade 2 strain would indicate partial tearing of the ligament, and a grade 3 strain would mean a complete tear.
Strains, on the other hand, refer to injuries to a muscle or tendon. The tendons are connective tissue attaching muscles to bones. As with a sprain, the severity of the strain depends on whether any tearing took place.
Tendonitis refers to inflammation of the tendon or the covering of the tendon. It is normally caused by repeated stress that aggravates the tendon.
Bursitis is inflammation of the small sacs that are located between bones and soft tissues in the shoulder, elbow, hip, heel, and other parts of the body. They serve as cushions to help reduce the friction caused by movement.
Whiplash is a strain or sprain specifically to the soft tissue in the neck, usually caused by your head jerking back and forth in a car crash. Whiplash can cause severe neck pain, headaches, and tingling pain that spreads to the arms, all of which can make it hard for you to sleep or go to work.
Soft tissues, such as your tendons and muscles, are not able to withstand the same levels of force that your bones can. That means there are countless accidents that could lead to a soft tissue injury. While sports or recreational activities are the biggest cause of soft tissue injuries, many such injuries are sustained through accidents caused by negligence, such as:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bike accidents
- Swimming pool falls
- Defective products
- Animal attacks
Children and teenagers, whose bodies are still developing, are particularly susceptible to injuries of this type. Sadly, a tear or sprain could lead to developmental issues as a child grows older. Even adults should be cautious: all soft tissue injuries, especially ones like whiplash, can eventually develop into a far more serious issue, which may even be permanent.
Soft tissue injuries are often considered “minor.” You may have heard the phrase “just walk it off” used after someone sprained an ankle, for example. However, soft tissue injuries can cost you a great deal, especially if you do not seek medical treatment. A sprain, strain, or whiplash could lead to a weakening of tendons, ligaments, and muscles, which in turn can lead to more serious injuries over time.
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident, then it is in your best interests to seek out medical care and evaluation. Taking care of an injury today can save you a great deal of pain down the road. This is especially true when it comes to filing a claim. By filing a claim against the party responsible for your injury, you can receive compensation for the damages you suffered. However, doing so will require evidence that you were hurt. The best way to prove your injuries is to get an evaluation from a medical professional.
When you have the proper evidence to back your claim up, you should receive fair compensation. Damages that you can demand compensation for include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered quality of life
When you neglect to get a medical examination, you put your chances for compensation at risk. Of course, having a successful claim isn’t just about evidence -- it is also about working with someone who can argue for your rights. The insurance company is unlikely to offer you a fair settlement and may try to deny your claim outright. But when you work with an experienced attorney, your chances of getting the compensation you deserve skyrockets.
No matter what caused your soft tissue injury, if it happened as a result of someone else’s negligence, Colorado law is on your side. Victims are entitled to be fully compensated for the costs associated with their hospital bills, rehabilitation, medication, and more.
The dedicated and compassionate Grand Junction personal injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, are here to help you recover compensation for injuries caused by negligence. Call (970) 243-4357 today to schedule a free consultation.
- How a Fender Bender Can Lead to Serious Whiplash
- Whiplash Information Page - NIH
- Overview of Sprains and Other Soft-Tissue Injuries - Merck Manual
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.