Soft Tissue Injury
Have you suffered a sprain, strain, or another soft tissue injury in an accident in Philadelphia? Contact Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation, and our Philadelphia soft tissue injury lawyers can help you fight to secure a substantial award. Our personal injury law firm offers a free consultation, so give our team a call today to schedule yours. We’ll gladly review your case, offer some preliminary legal advice, and address the questions you might have.
How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me With My Soft Tissue Injury Case?
Just because most soft tissue injuries aren’t life-threatening doesn’t mean that this type of injury can’t have a major impact on your life. Soft tissue damage can lead to extensive pain, result in a disability, and prevent you from working and doing the things you enjoy. If you’ve been hurt because someone else was negligent, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys will do everything we can to hold them accountable.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’ve been entrusted by injury victims in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. We take the time to really get to know our clients and understand what they’re going through and, importantly, how their injuries impact their lives. Because we take the time to do this, we’re able to be the best possible advocates for the victims we represent. That’s why we’ve been able to recover millions of dollars on their behalves.
When you find yourself in need of help, we’ll be there for you. We’ll work diligently to secure maximum compensation on your behalf by:
- Investigating your accident and gathering relevant evidence
- Establishing causation, fault, and liability, and
- Consulting with injury experts, including medical and mental health professionals, to ensure that we fully grasp the nuances of your case.
Insurance companies will try to get you to accept less money than you deserve. They’ll downplay the seriousness of your injury and say “it’s just soft tissue damage.” Our attorneys will not stand for this. During negotiations, we’ll use solid evidence and expert-backed testimony to our benefit. If insurers don’t cooperate, our Philadelphia trial lawyers will take your case to a jury.
You don’t have to do this by yourself. Call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC and let our Philadelphia soft tissue injury lawyers help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Your initial case assessment is free, so give us a call right now.
Overview of Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury is a term that refers to damage to your muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments. These types of injuries can occur as a result of blunt force trauma, overextension, twisting, or other types of trauma.
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are all responsible for critical bodily functions.
Muscles actually account for about one-third of the mass of your body. They provide stability and strength.
Your muscles are connected to the bones in your body by tendons. These are strong, elastic pieces of connective tissue that give muscles the ability to transmit strength to the rest of the body.
The bones in your body are held together by strong, elastic pieces of connective tissue called ligaments. Ligaments are instrumental in joint health and mobility.
When you sustain a soft tissue injury, you’re likely to experience weakness and limited mobility.
Common Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
The term soft tissue injury actually refers to several different types of injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments in the body. Here are some of the soft tissue injuries we see most frequently after accidents in Philadelphia:
Sprains: When a ligament is torn or stretched, it’s called a sprain. Since ligaments are found in our joints, sprains tend to affect the ankles, knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders.
Strains: Strains involve the stretching or tearing of muscle or tendons. This type of injury is usually the result of unusual twisting and often affects muscles that cross two joints, like the knees or neck.
Contusion: A contusion is also called a bruise, and happens when a muscle is subjected to blunt force trauma. Bruises are often identified by their purple color, which is actually blood pooling under the skin.
Tendonitis: Tendons can become inflamed when they are overused, resulting in tendonitis.
Bursitis: Bones are separated by small gel-like sacs called bursa. Bursa prevent the bones from rubbing together and creating painful friction. Bursitis occurs when these sacs become inflamed.
Whiplash: Whiplash is typically thought of as a neck injury, but it’s technically a soft tissue injury, too. That’s because whiplash involves the rapid overextension of the tendons and muscles in your neck, shoulders, and/or back.
Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
Soft tissue injuries can linger for a while if they’re not treated properly. In order to speed your physical recovery and get back to your day-to-day life, it’s important to seek medical attention and stick to a prescribed treatment regimen. Your treatment plan will ultimately depend on the type of injury you’ve sustained and how severe it is.
Common treatments for soft tissue injuries, from least to most invasive, are:
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy, and
It’s often best to limit your movement and stay off your feet for a while so that you can give your body time to rest and recovery.
Common Causes of Soft Tissue Injuries in Philadelphia
Any traumatic event can potentially cause a soft tissue injury. If you’ve been injured because someone else was negligent or careless, Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC will work hard to get you the money you deserve. We handle all soft tissue injury matters in Philadelphia, including those caused by:
- Slips and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Car accidents, particularly rear-end collisions
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Dog bites
- Dangerous products, and more.
Some law firms in Philadelphia will only agree to take your case if your injuries are obviously catastrophic. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we appreciate that all injuries can be catastrophic and detrimental in their own ways. So, do not hesitate to give our law office a call for help with your soft tissue injury case.
Damages For Your Philadelphia Soft Tissue Injury
Our attorneys will advocate to maximize the financial award you receive after you’ve been injured in a Philadelphia, PA accident. Damages that might be available in your soft tissue injury case could include money for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Temporary and/or permanent disability
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation, and more.
Our team will consult with reputable experts from in and around Philadelphia County. We’ll have them explain your soft tissue injury, detail how it affects your day-to-day life, and ask them to project how it could impact things for you days, weeks, or months in the future. We’ll attempt to fully appreciate the extent of your injury so that we can get make sure your case is valued properly.
Statute of Limitations for Soft Tissue Injury Lawsuits in Philadelphia
When you get into an accident, Philadelphia state law says that you have a limited amount of time to initiate a legal action for damages. This is known as a statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is two years. The clock begins to run when you discover your soft tissue injury, which may or may not be the date of your accident.
The statute of limitations can be different in certain cases. For example, if you believe that the government is somehow responsible – maybe you tripped, fell, and sprained your knee because of uneven city sidewalks – you’ll have less time to act. Alternatively, you could have additional time to assert your rights if you were a minor when you got hurt or if the person responsible for your soft tissue injury can’t be located.
Keep in mind that you will not be able to recover anything if you let the applicable statute of limitations expire before you file a claim.
Set Up a Free Case Assessment With Our Philadelphia Soft Tissue Injury Lawyers
Are you struggling with a soft tissue injury? Whether you got hurt in a motor vehicle accident or slipped on a floor in a busy restaurant, Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can help you fight for the compensation you may deserve. We offer a free consultation, so give us a call today to schedule yours and learn more.