Unfortunately, involvement in an accident doesn’t simply end when you leave the scene. Not only do you have to deal with insurance companies, but the injuries you sustain can leave you in pain for quite a while. This is especially true for those who suffer the impacts of soft tissue injuries. Often, these are seen as “less severe” than other kinds of injuries, but they can have intense and chronic effects on a victim. If you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury because of another person, a Maryland personal injury attorney can help. Read on to learn more.
What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?
While everyone knows our bodies are comprised of skin and bones, there are also soft tissues that connect bones and surround organs to provide support and protection. Muscles, ligaments, and tendons are all examples of soft tissue. When these tissues become damaged, it is not only incredibly painful, but it can cause significant issues down the line.
Generally, any time one of these tissues sustains damage, it is susceptible to injury. These can occur over a period of time, known as an overuse injury, or due to a sharp, sudden injury, which is acute.
Soft tissue injuries can range in severity from Grade 1, mild damage, and overstretching, to Grade 3, a complete tissue tear. Common injuries to this part of the body include, but are not limited to:
- ACL, MCL, LCL, or PCL tears (the four main ligaments in the knee)
What Should I Do if I Sustain an Injury Due to Another Party’s Negligence?
While athletes and others participating in physical activity are at an increased risk of injury, soft tissue damage can impact anyone. Whether you are in a car accident or twist your ankle in a retail store, these injuries do not only impact athletes. Something as seemingly insignificant as an unmarked wet spot in a store can cause you to slip, leaving you with a full ACL tear.
Unfortunately, Grade 2 and 3 injuries can be intense, requiring doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, and in some cases, invasive and expensive surgery to reconnect the tissue. Not only can this cause a loss of income, as you will likely need to take time off work to heal, but expensive healthcare visits can add to the financial stress you’re experiencing.
When you’re hurt, Debra Saltz can help. Our dedicated legal team will work tirelessly to help you get the justice you deserve if you’ve been injured by a negligent party. Contact our office today to connect with an attorney who will fight and advocate for you.