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Compensation For Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are those that affect the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments, and they are among the most common type of personal injury. They can occur as the result of car, motorcycle, or bicycling accidents, or due to slips, falls, or being struck by or against objects. While symptoms may not be immediately apparent, the long-term impacts can threaten your health and financial security, and could result in permanent disabilities. The following provides important information about soft tissue injuries, and the types of compensation you may be entitled to.

Soft Tissue Injuries 

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) advises that soft tissue injuries fall into generally fall into one of three categories:

  • Sprains, which involve stretches or tears to ligaments, which are the connective tissues between bones and joints. Body parts most vulnerable to these injuries include the ankles, knees, and wrists.  
  • Strains, which involve stretches or tears that affect the muscle or the tendons connecting the muscles to the bones. These injuries often occur in the foot, leg, or back.
  • Contusion, which is bruising caused by strong bumps or blows which crush underlying connective tissues. Discoloration is the result of blood pooling up underneath the injury, and in severe cases, permanent nerve damage can result.

Treatments for soft tissue injuries include the use of ice packs, compression bandages, and elevation of the affected body part to relieve swelling, and in severe cases, surgery to repair damage may be required. With any soft tissue injury, rest is vitally important to allow for complete healing.

Compensation To Help You Recover

Soft tissues injuries require time to recover, as well as time to determine any lasting impairments that may result. Fortunately, Illinois Statutes of Limitations allow victims of personal injuries up to two years to file a claim for damages. Compensation you may require as the result of soft tissue injuries may include:

  • Medical expenses, including the costs of ongoing care and treatment, medications, and physical therapy to regain flexibility and strength.
  • Lost wages: Rest is not an option with a soft tissue injury. In addition to lost wages while you recover, you may also be entitled to future losses in earnings due to lasting disabilities.
  • Pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment in life: You may be entitled to compensation for the suffering your injury has caused, and the impact it has on your life.   

Let Us Help You Today 

If you have suffered an injury in an accident or due to someone’s negligent actions, contact The Horwitz Law Group today. Our experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys understand the impacts these injuries can have on every aspect of your life, and can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover.

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