Unlike acute traumas, which are typically visually apparent and often require urgent medical care, soft-tissue injuries may not be immediately noticeable. Because they occur internally—in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons—soft tissue injuries may present as pain that worsens over time, or may not be taken as seriously as they should be. But despite the absence of grotesque wounds or obviously broken bones, soft-tissue injuries can be severe nonetheless, even leading to long-term disability if not treated properly.
If you feel any muscular or other internal pain after an accident or incident, you should treat it as seriously any other injury: seek medical attention, and then consult an attorney who can help you obtain the coverage you deserve.
How do soft-tissue injuries occur?
Many people believe that soft tissue injuries only develop over time, from repetitive movement or overuse. But some of the most debilitative soft-tissue injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents or other specific events, including the following:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- 18-wheeler truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip-and-falls and other premises-related accidents
In any accident, even if you don’t feel initially injured, you should always consult a doctor who can assess you for soft-tissue damage that might develop from the impact.
How are soft tissue injuries classified?
In general, soft-tissue injuries either result from extrinsic trauma or intrinsic trauma. Extrinsic traumas occur when an external object causes damage to the tissue, while intrinsic traumas occur when the damage results from internal factors. Additionally, soft tissue injuries are categorized by severity:
- Mild soft-tissue injuries involve small strains and tears with marginal pain and swelling.
- Moderate soft-tissue injuries involve partial strains and tearing and increased pain and swelling, especially when the injured area is used or pressure is applied.
- Severe soft-tissue injuries involve entire ruptures and complete tears, with tremendous pain, swelling, and disability.
Examples of soft tissue injuries
Some of the most common types of soft-tissue injuries include the following:
- Pinched nerves
- Bone bruises
Consult an experienced lawyer for help with your soft tissue injury in Texas
If you sustain a soft-tissue injury in an accident in League City or elsewhere in Texas, contact the personal injury attorneys of Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers to learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to. Call (281) 645-5000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.