New York City Attorneys for Soft Tissue Injuries
Injuries to the soft tissue of the body are common. While repetitive activities can often cause them, some of the most painful instances of soft tissue injuries occur due to traumatic events like accidents.
While soft tissue injuries might sound like minor complaints, it can potentially turn a person’s life upside-down. During the time you are recovering and rehabilitating from a soft tissue injury, you might be missing a substantial amount of time at work, which can result in a worrying loss of income. Furthermore, the injury might cost you many thousands of dollars in medical expenses, especially if you need surgery to repair the injury.
If you have suffered soft tissue injuries as a result of an accident that was the fault of another party, you deserve compensation for your losses. The experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. will provide all the support and assistance you need to work toward a successful claim. We’ve recovered over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements. Call us today or contact us online for a free case review.
What Is a Soft Tissue Injury?
A soft tissue injury refers to a type of trauma that can happen to the muscle, ligaments, or tendons of the body.
- Muscles make up well over half the amount of your body’s total mass. While your heart is a muscle, and your digestive system uses smooth muscle for digestion, the primary muscles subject to traumatic injury are the skeletal muscles that enable the body to move.
- Ligaments are the tough elastic tissue that holds your bones together, allowing your joints to function properly.
- Tendons are a different type of tough elastic tissue, but they are responsible for connecting muscles to bones.
Because all these tissues are vital for the healthy movement of the body, injury to them can be both painful and debilitating. The type and severity of injury you have will be a significant factor in shaping your legal claim.
A sprain occurs when a ligament tears or stretches beyond its usual range of motion. Common sprains affect the ankles, knees, elbows, and shoulders. A minor sprain can often heal with rest and simple home-based treatments. However, a severe sprain might require surgery.
While sprains often affect ligaments, strains affect muscles or tendons. These injuries also occur when the tissue is stretched or twisted beyond its healthy range of motion. The most debilitating strains tend to happen to muscles that cross two or more separate joints, such as the ones in the neck and back.
Ruptures happen when a tendon or ligament detaches from the bone. While a partial rupture might recover with rest and therapy, a complete rupture typically requires surgery. However, not every ligament or tendon can be healed through surgery. In such cases, you might need a prosthetic replacement.
Bursae are small cushions of fluid that are situated between your bones, muscles, and tendons. These sacs help to prevent friction in the joints. Bursitis is an injury in which the bursa becomes inflamed. When bursitis affects the shoulders or elbows, it can cause intense pain and limited mobility.
A hernia is a tear in the soft tissue that supports an organ, which causes the organ to slip out of place. Many hernias are benign and cause no pain or adverse effects. However, some hernias can lead to a loss of blood supply to the protruding organ, which can cause organ death.
What Typically Causes Soft Tissue Injuries?
Just about every type of accident has the potential to cause a soft tissue injury of some kind. Some types of accidents, however, are particularly prone to cause severe soft tissue injuries.
Common causes of soft tissue injuries in New York City include:
- Car accidents – Because automobile collisions involve a lot of force, a crash has the potential to tear or stretch muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This can occur when your body hits the seatbelt or airbag.
- Slip and fall accidents – Injuries to the soft tissue can easily happen in the initial slip when your joints become hyperextended. They can also happen when your body collides with the ground.
- Workplace injuries – Many workplaces expose their employees to potentially traumatic events and repetitive actions, both of which can cause soft tissue injuries.
- Dog bites – If a dog bite has caused your soft tissue injuries, the owner will be liable for your medical expenses for treatment.
What Compensation Is Available for Soft Tissue Injuries in New York?
Soft tissue injuries can be both painful and disruptive to your life. If you did not cause the accident, the attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. firmly believe that you should not be responsible for its costs.
While the type and amount of compensation available in any personal injury case is unique, we have helped clients with soft tissue injuries recover losses they have suffered for:
- Chronic pain
- Emotional distress
- Lost income and wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and Suffering
Our legal team will investigate the causes of the accident, determine who was at fault, consult with experts, and identify what your losses are likely worth.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Soft Tissue Injury Claims in New York?
The amount of time you have to file a claim for compensation for your injuries depends on what the ultimate cause of the injuries was. If you were injured due to an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you would have up to three years to file a lawsuit in New York. If your injury occurred at work, you might have less time to file under your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
Either way, it is essential that you consult with an experienced New York soft tissue injury attorney as soon as you notice your injuries. If the time runs out, you may lose the right to file a claim for those injuries.
Contact an Experienced New York City Soft Tissue Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered soft tissue injuries in an accident or at work, the highly experienced accident attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. will help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers have more than 40 years of experience litigating personal injury cases, and we have developed a reputation for excellence among New Yorkers. We are committed to maximizing your compensation, and we will never settle for less than you deserve.
Call us today or contact us online for a free case review.