Soft Tissue Injuries Compensation Claim
If you have suffered a twisted ankle, back injury, back strain, sprained wrist or any other soft-tissue injury due to work related accident, road traffic accident, trip or slip in a public place or even from a sports injury then you may be entitled to claim compensation. If any of the soft tissues to these areas are damaged or bruised, severe pain can result. The injuries will probably not be visible on the outside of the body and may not even be able to be seen on an x-ray or scan but the pain can be extremely real to you and can take quite some time to subside. Whiplash is also classed as being a soft tissue injury.
Soft tissue injuries are very painful and can affect your normal daily duties and activities and you may need time away from work because of discomfort. Here at Johnson Law we can quickly assess whether you have a claim for compensation for a soft tissue injury and the level of damages you could expect to receive from the other side’s Insurers. If the accident happened in the last 3 years and it was not your fault then you could have grounds to make a soft tissue injury compensation claim.
A Soft tissue injury (STI) is a medical term which relates to damage to tendons, muscles and ligaments to the body. More commonly known soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, or even a one off blow which in turn causes a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body. Soft tissue injuries can lead to pain, twisting, swelling, tendon or muscle damage, bruising and possible loss of function.
If severe pain persists after the first 24 hours it is advised that you consult your doctor who will diagnose a soft tissue injury and recommend an appropriate recovery plan so you can return to your everyday activities and work, if possible.
Your Doctor may also advise Nerve Conduction studies to localize nerve dysfunction, such as, for example, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), assess severity and help with prognosis. When you participate in sports/fitness or physical workplace activities, you can injure the soft tissues of your body.
Some of the soft-tissue injuries due to physical workplace activities, a road traffic accident, accident in a public place or sports injuries include:
These may be due to one single event such as a fall, a quick twist or a blow to your body. It could be that due to repeated overuse of certain muscles, tendons or ligaments during your work that these injuries become noticeable as body stress increases steadily but slowly with this type of soft tissue injuries. The injuries sustained to your soft tissue injuries will be pain and damage to the muscles and tendons.
The more common types of soft tissue injuries are:
Sprains - as the joints of your body are supported by ligaments there are strong bands of connective tissue that connect one bone to the other. A sprain to your body is a simple stretch or tear of the ligaments. Areas most susceptible to these types of sprains are your ankles, knees, and wrists. A sprained ankle occurs when your foot turns inwards. This puts a great amount of tension on the ligaments of your outer ankle and therefore causes the sprain. A sprained knee can be the result of a sudden twist or turn. A wrist sprain most often occurs when you fall unexpectedly on an outspread hand to the floor. Most mild sprains heal with "R.I.C.E." (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) system and some mild exercise. Moderate sprains may also require a period of bracing. More severe sprains could require surgery to repair torn ligaments.
Strains - Your bones are sustained combinations of muscles and tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones. A strain is due to an injury to either a muscle or a tendon more commonly found in your foot or leg. The strain could be caused by a basic stretch in your muscle or tendon, or it may be a partial or full tear in the muscle and tendon combination. Doctors recommend treatment for a strain is exactly the same as for a sprain above which is “R.I.C.E.” (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) together with mild exercise. If you have suffered a more severe tear then the soft tissues would need to be repaired via surgery.
Contusions - A contusion is a bruise due to a blow to your muscle, tendon, or ligament which then causes blood pools around the injured area and then discolours the skin. Thankfully, most contusions are mild and respond well when you treat them to “R.I.C.E” (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate the injured area). However if you feel your symptoms continue, your doctor should be advised so as to prevent permanent damage to the soft tissues.
Tendonitis - Inflammation is your body’s way of healing in response to an injury. This in turn usually leads to swelling, heat, redness and of course pain. Inflammation in a tendon or in the covering of the tendon is called tendonitis. Tendonitis is caused by a series of small stresses that repeatedly aggravate the tendon. Sports professionals such as swimmers, tennis players and golfers are more commonly known to suffer from tendonitis in their shoulders and arms. Football players, basketball players, runners and aerobic/keep fit or dancers are prone to tendon inflammation in their legs and feet. Tendonitis may be treated by rest to eliminate stress, anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, splinting, and exercises to correct muscle imbalance and improve flexibility. Persistent inflammation may cause damage to the tendon, which may ultimately result in surgical correction.
Bursitis - A bursa is a sac filled with fluid that is located between your bone and your tendon or muscle. A bursa allows the tendon to slide smoothly over the bone. Repeated small stresses and/or overuse can cause the bursa in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee or ankle to swell. This swelling and irritation is called bursitis. Many people experience bursitis in whilst suffering with tendonitis. Bursitis can usually be relieved by rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Some orthopaedic surgeons inject the bursa with additional medication to reduce the inflammation.
Stress Fractures - When one of your bones is stressed by overuse either due to your work or possible sports injuries, tiny breaks in the bone can occur. The injury is termed a stress fracture. Early symptoms may be pain and swelling in the region of the stress fracture. The bones of the lower leg and foot are particularly prone to stress fractures. The fracture may not be seen on initial routine X-rays, requiring a bone scan to obtain correct diagnosis. Stress fracture injuries are treated by rest, activity modification, cast immobilization and on some occasions, surgery. Fatigue and pain are usually a signal that you are pressing too hard on the joints and bones. Stress injuries can also result from poor muscle balance, lack of flexibility or weakness in soft tissues caused by previous injuries.
How much compensation could I receive for soft tissue injuries?
Obviously amounts can vary greatly due to the severity of your injuries and how long your injuries take to heal. Call us or email us today with a brief outline of your injuries and we can assess what level you could expect to receive for your compensation claim.
Johnson Law Solicitors will ensure all medical reports and evidence are obtained swiftly and you receive the right level of compensation you are entitled to and deserve for your injuries, whether they are fairly minor injuries or in some cases, more serious. This will include any other expenses and loss of earnings which you incurred as a result of your soft tissue injuries due to a road traffic accident, accident in a public place, accident at work or a sports injury.
If you receive an offer of settlement direct from the other side’s Insurers without taking proper legal advice from a Solicitor, please be cautious as you may have agreed settlement with them direct for a lot less compensation than you should have been entitled to which the Insurers are fully aware of and will try to offer you this quickly to finalise your claim so they save money in the long term. However, please bear in mind that the coming days and weeks could bring different symptoms which you may not realise could then in turn affect your personal finances, absence from work and recovery period may take longer than you anticipated.
How Can Johnson Law Solicitors Help me with my claim for compensation for a soft tissue injury?
Here at Johnson Law Solicitors we understand that pursuing a claim for soft tissue injuries from the other side’s Insurers can be understandably stressful. We offer friendly expert advice and will deal with your soft tissue injury on your behalf dealing with the Insurers direct. We want to make your claim for compensation as stress free as possible. If your claim is for soft tissue injury caused by an accident at work, then you won’t have to deal with your Employer about the claim at all, we will do that, and your Employer will want you to take the necessary time away from your job to recover from your soft tissue injuries and eventually carry on with your day to day job, if of course you are able.
If your soft tissue injuries are as a result of a road traffic accident or an accident in a public place then again we will deal with the other side Insurer’s direct so you don’t have to and by doing so we will ensure you get the best possible compensation payment you are entitled to and not accept anything less.
Johnson Law Solicitors will take into account not only your soft tissue injuries but also advise you on any entitlements payable by the relevant authorities to you for example the Department for Work and Pensions or Disability Benefit as well as any Community or Social Care Needs. We will also seek to recover your loss and future loss of earnings, medical assistance, future rehabilitation costs etc.
Johnson Law Solicitors have over 50 years personal injury experience dealing with a variety of soft tissue injury type cases. We have dealt with thousands of satisfied clients for whom we have pursued successful soft tissue injury claims against Insurers.
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