What exactly is a soft tissue injury?

Soft tissue injuries are one of the most common types of injuries, and can occur from immeasurable amounts of different causes. They can also range in severity from minor bruises to more serious, lingering injuries such as torn ligaments. If you suffered a soft tissue injury due to the negligence of another person, property owner or other third party, contact a personal injury attorney from the Cambridge firm of Altman & Altman LLP today.

What kind of soft tissue injury did you suffer?

Soft tissue injuries can be caused by many different means, including trips, slip and falls, car accidents, being struck by an object or person, falls from various heights and other work-related types of incidents, such as falling debris. These injuries can greatly vary in severity and in the longevity of their occurrence.

Soft tissue injuries may present in a few different ways, including:

Bruises – Perhaps the most common symptom of a minor soft tissue injury is a bruise. The medical term “contusion,” refers to any discoloration of the skin that occurs when muscle fibers beneath the skin are damaged following trauma. Bruises can result from anything as minor as bumping into somebody on the sidewalk to something more severe, like a serious car accident. More severe bruising may also be indicative of internal bleeding, so persistent bruises should always be checked by a doctor.

Sprains – When a ligament – fibrous structures that connect bones and muscles together – is damaged or completely torn, this can be referred to as a sprain. Sprains, like all soft tissue injuries, range in severity from Grade 1 (least serious, resulting in no significant mobility issues or lingering symptoms) to Grade 3 (most serious, which require surgery in order to correct the damage). Knees, wrists, ankles and other parts of the body that experience a high degree of motion are likely areas for sprains.

Strains – Muscles and tendons – which are connective tissues within our bodies – stretch and constrict when we exert physical force, allowing us to move. However, sometimes muscles and tendons move too far too quickly, and this can cause a strain. Strains commonly occur in areas such as the feet, the backside of legs or in the back, usually after the sufferer exerts a high level of force on something (think lifting a heavy object). However, strains can happen in any part of the body that experiences motion.

Bruises, sprains and strains can all cause suffering

Depending on the severity of the soft tissue injury, you may be able to recover within a couple days by just icing and resting the affected area. However, more serious soft tissue injuries may need surgery to correct, and they may leave you suffering in pain for weeks or months before that corrective surgery can be implemented.

At Altman & Altman LLP, we understand that even injuries that may not seem serious can still cause undue pain and suffering. Strained backs can lead to the victim being unable to work as they normally would, or result in a constant state of pain. A sprain may prevent a long-distance runner from doing what they love. If these injuries were the result of somebody else’s negligence, then it can be even more frustrating as the victim of such an incident.

The attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience advocating on behalf of clients in Boston, Cambridge and throughout Massachusetts who have suffered soft tissue damages through no fault of their own. We understand that these injuries can have lingering effects that impact your daily life and can even cause you to miss time at work, putting your financial health in jeopardy.

We will take the time to listen to the details of how your injury occurred in order to provide the best legal strategy for your specific goals. And we never charge for simply sitting down to talk about it.

Contact us online or call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199. We are available

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