Soft tissue and muscle injuries are some of the most common injuries following an accident. They also have varying healing times. Some can take months to recover from and can flare up or reoccur later down the line. They can also be some of the most frustrating injuries to heal from.
If you have had an accident that has resulted in soft tissue or muscle damage, and it was not your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Types of Soft Tissue and Muscle Injury
There are various types of soft tissue injury that you can suffer from. They do not always show up straight after the injury and can cause pain for a long time. Two of the main ones are tendon and ligament damage.
Tendons are cords of tissue that attach the muscles to the bones, so that they can move. Injuries to the tendon tend to cause pain which feels worse when you move the affected joint. This can have a long-lasting effect on you as it may affect your mobility and can take a long time to recover. Tendons can also rupture or tear, which can sometimes lead to a serious injury.
Ligaments are connective tissue which connect bones to bones or hold joints together. Ligament injuries are also known as sprains. They occur when the ligaments are torn or stretched too far. They are often caused due to sudden impact or force. Similarly to tendon injuries, ligament injuries can take a long time to heal, and may flare up later in life.
Causes of Soft Tissue and Muscle Injury
There are many accidents that can cause soft tissue or muscle damage, especially as they are some of the most common injuries. Some examples of accidents that can cause soft tissue and muscle injuries include:
There are many more causes of soft tissue and muscle injuries, and they may not always be your fault. For example, if you had an accident where you tripped over raised pavement, then it may be the council’s fault.
If you had an accident, and there was someone else who was responsible for ensuring you were safe, for example at work, where your employer is responsible for making sure that you have the correct training and the correct equipment to do your job, then they may be at fault, and you may have grounds to make a claim.
Making a Claim for Soft Tissue and Muscle Injuries
We understand that claiming compensation may not be the first thing on your mind after having an accident, especially whilst you are recovering. But claiming can help to ease your mind about any money worries you may have.
If you are able to claim compensation, then you compensation could cover: loss of earnings from having to take time off work, physiotherapy and medication, rehabilitation and care, and loss of hobbies, especially if it was something you did regularly which you can now no longer do. The solicitors we work with would be able to negotiate this for you, so you can focus on making a recovery.
As with other personal injury claims, you usually have three years from the date of the accident to claim. There are exceptions to this rule though. If it was a child that had the accident, then they would have until they turn 21 to make a claim. if you are the parent or guardian of a child that has had an accident, then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf.
How We Can Help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with accidents every day, including accidents that resulted in soft tissue or muscle injury. This means that they are well placed to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.