What is soft tissue injury?
A soft tissue injury is where there has been damage to any of the muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. An injury to the soft tissues is a description commonly used where there have been no broken bones. The most common types of soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain or direct blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body.
Soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, deep bruising and loss of function to an area of the body including the limbs such as arms and legs.
How does soft tissue injury occur?
Soft tissue injury can happen from everyday activities such as exercise. However, sometimes it can occur through accidents. A typical soft tissue injury that occurs in a road traffic accident is a whiplash injury. This is where the body is put under pressure and force as a result of the fast deceleration of the vehicle. The injury occurs when the body is forced forwards and backwards at speed causing injury to the muscles, ligament and tendons in the neck, shoulders, hips and back.
Can I claim for compensation for soft tissue injury?
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident where the fault rests with the other driver, you may be eligible for compensation for injuries if you have sustained a soft tissue injury.
Some jobs may involve repetitive working practices, where you may notice swelling and pain to a part of your body as a result of your role, this may be soft tissue injury that you have sustained in the workplace. It is important that pain of this nature is reported to your employer, so that action can be taken to minimise the repetitive nature of your job. If your employer does not take appropriate action to reduce the repetitive nature of the work, it is possible that you may be able to make a claim for personal injuries sustained in the course of your work. Read Accidents at Work Claims here
There are numerous ways in which you can sustain a soft tissue injury resulting in pain and suffering. If you consider this has been caused by the actions of another person then you could recover compensation for your injury.
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