Accidents Resulting in Soft Tissue Injuries

If you have been involved in an accident such as road traffic accident, an accident at work or you have slipped or tripped over, you may well have sustained a soft tissue injury and could be entitled to make a soft tissue injury claim.

What are Soft Tissue Injuries?

It is a term used to refer to injuries to muscles ligaments or tendons. It does not include fractures to bones.

The soft tissue injuries you may experience are:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Contusion
  • Whiplash

Sprains

A sprain is a stretch or tear of the ligaments. Ligaments support the joints of your body they are bands of connective tissue that connect one bone to another.

Areas of your body where sprains are most likely to occur are your wrists, ankles or knees.

A sudden twist of your knee or ankle can cause a sprain.

A sprain to your wrist can often occur when you put your hand out to break your fall.

Sprains are usually treated conservatively with rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E) followed by exercise. In more severe cases surgery may be necessary to repair the ligaments.

Strains

A strain is due to an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. Your bones are supported by muscles and tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones.

Strains can vary in severity from merely stretching the muscle or tendon, to tearing the same either completely or partially.

The treatment of strains is similar to that of sprains. In some cases, the tear will need to be repaired with surgery.

Contusions

This is a bruise caused by a blow or force applied to your ligaments, muscles or tendons. Blood will collect around the injury and this causes the skin to discolour.

Contusions are best treated the same way as sprains and strains with rest, ice, compression and elevation (R. I. C. E.).

Whiplash

This occurs when the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained after the body is thrown in a sudden and forceful jerk. It usually causes stiffness in the neck and headaches.

In the initial period following a whiplash the injury is treated in the same way as sprains and strains of other parts of your body.

In addition, soft tissue injuries are sometimes treated with painkillers such as Paracetamol and physiotherapy.

What are the Effects of Soft Tissue Injuries?

There is often a misconception that soft tissue injuries are not as serious as a fracture to a bone. However, the reality is that they can often take longer to recover from than a simple fracture and they can have a significant effect on your daily life, ability to work and to carry out your daily activities.

Accidents and Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries can often be caused as a result of accidents which occur. For example:

  • A whiplash injury is most often caused in a road traffic accident
  • A sprain or strain can be caused by twisting your knee or ankle when tripping over a defect in the pavement or slipping on something spilled on the floor of a supermarket
  • A sprain, strain or contusion could be caused as a result of something falling on you at your place of work

If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to soft tissue injury compensation. Speak to our specialist team of personal injury lawyers or use our Claimometer. We can help you to bring a claim for compensation for your personal injuries and other losses on a no win, no fee basis.

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