Soft tissue can be damaged through indirect trauma (overuse) or direct trauma (a blow or sports injury). All of the common phrases for day-to-day injuries – pull, strain, sprain, etc. – refer to soft tissue injury. Overall, these are not serious injuries, but should be allowed time to heal or they can develop into more serious conditions. If you have sustained soft tissue injury as a result of intention or negligence of another, personal injury law allows for legal recourse. It is important to contact a qualified, experienced Los Angeles soft tissue personal injury lawyer to assess your case.
Soft tissue is of four types:
- Muscle: moves the skeleton.
- Ligament: (ACL, LCL) connects bone to bone, holds joints together
- Tendon: (Achilles) connects muscle to bone
- Nerve: (sciatic) intermediary between body and brain
The most severe type of damage to any soft tissue is complete severance. Ligaments and tendons may tear, nerves may be cut, muscles may pull away from the bone. These types of injuries require medical attention and potentially surgery to reattach and give the body an opportunity to heal. Less serious injury includes partial tearing or over straining/stretching of the soft tissue. Of these, the more serious cases should be investigated by a doctor, while mild soft tissue injury may be treated in the home fairly easily with ice and rest.
In all soft tissue repair, the body has the same reaction:
- Redness, swelling, inflammation.
- Production of scar tissue (collagen).
- Remodeling of scar tissue to replace the damaged tissue.
The healing process in all may take a year or more, though the body gains much of its ability back before the healing process is completed. While the body is able to repair soft tissue injury very thoroughly, repeated injury to the same tissue may result in last damage or decrease in function.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Sheridan & Rund at 310-640-1200, toll free at 888-640-6789, or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.