Grand Junction Soft Tissue Damage Attorneys
Did You Suffer Whiplash in a Crash? You May Need a Lawyer
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.
What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?
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.
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.
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.
What Types of Accidents Lead to Soft Tissue Damage?
Sports or recreational activities are the biggest cause of soft tissue injury. Sprains and strains to the knees and shoulders are common, especially in contact sports. But soft tissue damage can also result from a slip-and-fall on a poorly maintained facilities, the use of a faulty or defective product, or poor training in a team sport. Children and teenagers are especially susceptible to injuries of this type.
Motor vehicle collisions are also a leading cause of soft tissue injuries, especially whiplash. Other common issues following an accident include contusions, deep bruises, torn or sprained ligaments, and more.
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.
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