It’s not uncommon to sustain soft tissue injuries when you are involved in a Los Angeles accident. Has someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer a soft tissue injury? If so, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages. The money you recover from your claim can be incredibly helpful in covering medical costs, making up for lost income, and compensating for the emotional stress of your injuries.
Contact us to find out how we can help you maximize the financial award you receive. We offer a free consultation, so do not hesitate to call for help today.
Acute and Chronic Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries occur when muscle, ligaments, and/or tendons in the body become damaged. Damage is typically the result of either acute or chronic trauma.
Acute Trauma. Acute soft tissue injuries occur when the body is subjected to sudden and unexpected trauma. This can include traffic accidents, falls, and sports injuries.
Chronic Trauma. Chronic soft tissue injuries occur when a certain part of the body is overused over a long period of time. The body doesn’t have the ability to heal itself between use, causing chronic damage. This could be the result of a repetitive movement in the workplace.
Common Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
Any acute trauma or chronic overuse can cause a soft tissue injury. However, there are certain types of soft tissue injuries that occur more frequently than others.
Ligaments help to connect bones to one another in the body. They act as a stabilizing force and allow us to perform everyday tasks, such as walking, bending, and holding items. Sprains occur when these ligaments stretch or tear.
Signs and symptoms of a sprain include:
- Limited mobility
- Pain, and
The most common cause of a sprain is the sudden twisting or rotation of a joint. The ankles, knees, elbows, and wrists are most susceptible to sprains.
Tendons connect muscle tissue with bone in the body. Strains occur when tendons and/or muscle tissue become torn, stretched, or damaged in some other way.
Signs and symptoms of a strain include:
- Tightness in a muscle
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle pain
- Swelling, and
Strains occur most often when the body is subjected to acute trauma. The hamstring, back, and feet are most susceptible to strain injuries.
Bruising occurs when the body is subjected to acute trauma or force. Tendons and/or muscle tissue become crushed or otherwise damaged. Blood begins to pool under the skin in the affected area, causing discoloration.
Signs and symptoms of bruising include:
- Discoloration, and
- Limited mobility.
Bruising, or contusions, can occur anywhere on the body, including the face, chest, legs, and back.
Tendinitis occurs when tendons that connect bones and soft tissue become inflamed or irritated. Tendinitis is a chronic soft tissue injury, meaning that it is the result of the overuse of a specific part of the body.
Signs and symptoms of tendinitis include:
- Pain in a joint that worsens with activity
- Swelling, and
- Limited mobility.
While tendinitis can affect any joint, the shoulders, legs, and arms tend to be impacted the most.
Small fluid-filled sacs are nestled between your bones and soft tissues. These sacs, which are known as the bursae, help to cushion your bones and reduce friction. Bursitis occurs when these small sacs become inflamed. When this happens, movement can be incredibly painful.
Signs and symptoms of bursitis, which is a chronic soft tissue injury, include:
- Swelling, and
- Limited mobility.
It is not uncommon to develop bursitis in the shoulders, elbows, knees, or hips.
Causes of Soft Tissue Injuries in Los Angeles
Soft tissue injuries can be the result of acute or chronic trauma. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have helped victims recover compensation for soft tissue injuries sustained as a result of a:
- Bicycle Accident
- Car Accident
- Lyft Accidents
- Motorcycle Accident
- Negligent Security
- Pedestrian Accident
- Slip and Fall Accident
- Sexual Assault
- Uber Accidents
- Defective Airbag, and more.
Have you sustained a soft tissue injury on the job or because of another person’s negligence? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our Los Angeles soft tissue injury lawyers to learn more.
Damages Available to Soft Tissue Injury Victims
Any accident-related injury can disrupt your life. Soft tissue injuries may seem relatively minor. However, damage to your soft tissue can result in serious pain and limit your ability to work. If you can’t work, you may not be able to bring in a steady income. As a result, the financial costs of your accident and soft tissue injury could become overwhelming.
Filing a personal injury claim for damages can help you recover the money you need to get back on your feet. When you file your claim, you have the right to request both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages. Economic damages are paid to help you with the financial costs of your injury. The purpose is to put you back in the financial situation you would have been in if you had never been injured. Examples of economic damages include those for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity, and
- Property damage.
Non-Economic Damages. Non-economic damages are paid to help you cope with the physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of your injury. These injuries are incredibly personal and difficult to value. This is why awards of non-economic damages can vary so much from one case to the next. Examples of non-economic damages include those for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Embarrassment, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
It’s important to make sure that you get the money you deserve after your accident and soft tissue injury. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer will help you secure a fair and meaningful settlement offer. At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys will carefully investigate your case and identify the full extent of your damages. We’ll then work with experts to make sure that your case is valued properly. Approaching negotiations will hard evidence and expert support will help you get the money you need and deserve.
Soft Tissue Injuries Sustained at Work
Soft tissue injuries can happen on the job. This includes soft tissue injuries that are the result of either acute or chronic trauma. In California, workers may have the right to recover compensation for an on-the-job injury. There are two possible ways to recover money for an on the job injury: requesting workers compensation benefits and/or filing a personal injury lawsuit.
It’s important to speak with an experienced Los Angeles workplace injury attorney if you suffered your soft tissue injury at work. Why? Workplace injury claims can be complicated. If you agree to collect workers’ compensation, you’ll waive your right to file a lawsuit against your employer. However, you may also have the right to file a lawsuit against a negligent third party. You’ll want to make sure that you understand all of your rights and options. Hiring an attorney to help you navigate your workplace injury case will help you get the money you deserve. Call Citywide Law Group today to learn more.
Call Our Los Angeles Soft Tissue Injury Lawyers
Soft tissue injuries may seem minor, but they can really disrupt your life. When you suffer an injury on the job or because of another person’s negligence, you need to assert your right to demand compensation. The money you receive can cover medical costs, make up for lost wages, and help you cope with any pain you may be experiencing.
Hiring an attorney to handle your case will help you maximize the financial award you receive. Call Citywide Law Group today to schedule your free consultation with our skilled legal team. We’re here to help to fight for the money you need after an accident. Call today to learn more.