Glendale Soft Tissue Injury Lawyers
Soft tissue injuries include physical damage to ligaments, joints, muscles, and tendons. These types of injuries may appear to be minor, with only short-term effects, but they can have hidden, long-term consequences. Determining the value of a claim in a soft tissue injury case requires a thorough understanding of the physical and emotional impact of the injury on the victim.
Soft tissue injuries are defined as damage, stress, bruising, or displacement of your body, but do not include damage to the bones. Soft tissue injuries include:
- Whiplash (the sudden back-and-forth movement of your head that results in neck and spine stress and damage);
- Sprains (the stretching or tearing of a ligament); Strains (the stretching or tearing of tendons or muscles);
- Contusions (bruising);
- Tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon, causing pain and inability to use specific muscles); and
- Bursitis (inflammation of the flesh around a joint, causing pain and often substantially decreased ability to use that joint).
Each type of soft tissue injury varies in severity and long-term effects, but the vital point is in evaluating both the short and long-term damage. Whiplash from a car accident can result in years of headaches and neck pain, affecting every aspect of life, from personal to business. The long-term effects of repetitive motion injuries may be so severe that a person is unable to perform the duties of employment.
Most soft tissue injuries don’t show up on an MRI or X-ray – but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It is important to note any symptoms that you experience in the time immediately following an accident or injury. Some common signs that indicate hidden damage are:
- Headaches, usually starting from the base of the skull;
- Neck pain and stiffness;
- Constant pain in the shoulders, neck, and back; and
- Stiffness, pain or inability to use your joints (hips, ankles, wrists, shoulders, etc.).
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should have your condition thoroughly evaluated by a doctor at once. Without treatment, your soft tissue injuries may lead to long-term chronic pain that could plague you for years. When filing a claim against the negligent party in a case of soft tissue injury, you need the support of a skilled Glendale injury attorney with access to medical experts to evaluate your condition and the predicted long-term impact on your life and health.
In a case of soft tissue injury after an accident caused by another person, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Immediate medical costs;
- Current medical costs;
- Cost of future treatments;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages;
- Diminished earning capacity; and
- Compensation for canceled trips and changes of plans.
It is vital to work with an attorney and a competent medical practitioner to determine the damage and potential future medical costs. Many people who suffer soft tissue injuries don’t realize that these injuries can be long-lasting, and believe they can “walk it off,” only to end up living with chronic pain or impairments.
Determining what claims to file in the case of an auto accident or personal injury may appear to be a simple process, but it may be more challenging and complex than you realize. Economic and non-economic damages must be thoroughly evaluated, for both the short and long-term. You need an attorney to help you recover all that you are entitled to.
Unlike what you may find at large corporate law firms, our legal team at Aghabegian & Associates, P.C. takes on cases with total personal dedication. We devote all of our resources to the cases we take on, and our clients are treated with respect and compassion. With $125 million in compensation recovered during our more than 40 years of combined experience, we have the experience and knowledge needed to take each case through settlement or trial, if needed. All our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis – you owe no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Let our over 40 years of combined experience protecting victims’ rights help you or your loved one recover compensation in a case of soft tissue injury. We understand what you’re going through and take our responsibility very seriously – your case matters to us. Call us today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.
- Soft-Tissue Injuries - Merck Manual
- Whiplash and Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAS) - NASS
- Whiplash Information Page - NIH