Soft tissue injuries occur every day, including in car accidents, workplace accidents, and other incidents in the Los Angeles area. Although it can take several hours or even days to realize a soft tissue injury has occurred, you should never hesitate to reach out to an attorney for help if someone else’s negligence caused your pain and suffering.
A soft tissue injury attorney in Los Angeles with KJT Law Group can help you seek financial awards for injuries that interfere with your life, including those that caused you to spend time in the hospital, miss time and money from work, and other damages. You can explore your legal options with our team during a free consultation today.
What Is a Soft Tissue Injury?
As Johns Hopkins Medicine explains, soft tissue injuries are injuries to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons resulting in bruising, swelling, and other painful conditions. They can happen suddenly due to trauma or slowly over time. These types of injuries include:
- Sprains, especially to delicate joints like the ankle or wrist
- Bursitis (inflammation of joints)
- Stress injuries
- Strains (tears in ligaments), especially to the back, calf, or hamstring
- Tennis elbow
Soft tissue injuries can fall under two different categories: acute and overuse. These indicate how the injury occurred and can be essential to a personal injury case.
How Soft Tissue Injuries Occur
Repetitive strain or a physically traumatic event can cause a soft tissue injury. Many soft tissue injuries happen when people do not let their muscles recover after an intense workout or another form of overuse. These are categorized as overuse injuries. Overuse can cause tendonitis, bursitis, and some strains. Often, overuse injuries are seen in athletes but can also result from repetitive motions in some occupations (in construction, for example).
Trauma typically causes acute soft tissue injuries. This means that a fall, twist, or sudden hard blow can cause an injury, such as those seen in a car accident or a fall. Sprains, strains, bruises, and concussions are examples of acute soft tissue injuries.
Soft Tissue Injuries on the Job
People who work in physically demanding fields or those that require repetitive motions are more likely to sustain a soft tissue injury. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 3,700 cases of soft tissue injuries that occurred at work resulted in multiple missed workdays in 2020.
Take Soft Tissue Injuries Seriously
Do not let the names fool you into thinking these injuries are at all insignificant or minor. Soft tissue injuries can seriously impede daily activity and cause suffering that interferes with everyday life, as Merck Manual notes. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury, you should contact a soft tissue attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, what seems like a minor injury can evolve into something more serious.
Grades of Soft Tissue Injury
When diagnosing a soft tissue injury, a physician will grade it in one of three possible categories. These grades help differentiate how serious the injury is and provide an estimate of how much time it will take to recover. The grades are defined as:
- Grade 1: Mild – Microscopic damage due to overstretching that usually results in tenderness and swelling. Recovery time should take a few days with rest.
- Grade 2: Moderate – Soft tissue is significantly torn, which can result in pain, swelling, and an inability to put weight on the injury and/or use it. Recovery can take several weeks to heal.
- Grade 3: Severe – Involve complete tears of ligaments or other soft tissues. These injuries have a high degree of pain that may require surgery and a longer recovery period to fully heal.
Can a Lawyer Help Me With My Loss Angeles Soft Tissue Injury Case?
While everyday activities and events cause soft tissue injuries, those that occur at your expense may mean you deserve compensation from the person who caused your injury. Sometimes, proving that another’s negligence or carelessness caused your pain and suffering is easy, but it can be harder to link a soft tissue injury with its cause.
Our soft tissue injury attorney in Los Angeles can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case and identify how an injury occurred. This can be the key to winning a soft tissue injury case. Evidence can include your medical records, police or work incident report, photos of your injuries, video or surveillance camera footage, witness statements, and more.
How our Los Angeles Soft Tissue Injury Lawyer Can Help
We will take care of your case for you while you focus on healing from your injuries. You can expect updates about your case’s status from our team, and we will take care of all negotiations with the liable party’s insurance company.
If we cannot recover fair compensation from you, we can pursue your recovery in court. We’ve helped many clients recover millions in court-ordered verdicts and settlements, and we want to help you. You can also learn more about what our past clients say about working with us.
California’s Statute of Limitations for Soft Tissue Injury Cases in Los Angeles
The statute of limitations (the time you have to sue) for an injury in California is no later than two years from the date the accident occurred, per CCP § 335.1. This means you generally have two years to sue the liable party from the time you discover you are injured.
“Discovering” an injury can happen after the statute of limitations starts. For example, if you are hurt but signs or symptoms of the injury are not apparent until a year later, you will have two years from when the symptoms appeared to file your lawsuit. Filing within this period can be tricky, but we understand the law and know what to do, which is one way our lawyer can make a difference in your Los Angeles soft tissue injury case.
Potential Compensation for Soft Tissue Injuries
If you have a soft tissue injury, you could recover various damages if you decide to pursue recovery. You may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages to help with the financial and emotional losses caused by your injury.
Economic damages can include:
- Medical bills (including doctor and ER visits)
- Physical therapy costs
- Inability to work
- Any income lost while recovering
- Property damage
Non-economic damages can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Mental and emotional anguish
While non-economic damages are considered intangible losses, calculating these losses can vary, so the exact amount of compensation will be different for every case. We will review your damages and establish how much your case is worth. This will help you understand the extent of your injuries and damages and avoid accepting too-low offers from insurers who want to settle your case for less than you deserve.
KJT Law Group Can Help with Your Los Angeles Soft Tissue Injury Case
You may have accident-related medical bills and other expenses to deal with as your soft tissue injury heals, but you should not have to pay for an accident someone else caused. It is possible to recover compensation with a soft tissue injury lawyer from KJT Law Group at your side.
While the total recovered amount may vary for your case, we never back down from a fight and can provide the attentive legal representation you deserve. Contact us today at (818) 507-8525 for a free case evaluation and learn how we can protect your rights and help you get the justice you deserve.