For People in Miami Dealing with Accidents & Soft Tissue Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people visit emergency rooms across the United States each year due to accidental injuries. Some of the most common injuries happen to your soft tissue, including ligaments, muscles, and tendons. If you are experiencing swelling, pain, and problems with movement, you may have a soft tissue strain or sprain.
Strains and sprains are often underestimated injuries. While they are less severe than a soft tissue tear, strains and sprains can cause serious and lasting pain and impairment. If you suffered a strain or sprain in an accident, you are likely incurring surprising losses, and you may have important legal rights. You should not hesitate to discuss your situation with a Miami personal injury attorney at Flagler Personal Injury Group. Consultations are always free with no obligation, so contact us today about a possible case.
Common Causes of Strains and Sprains
The two main causes of strains and sprains are overuse and acute trauma. When part of your body suddenly twists, stretches, or is hit by something, your soft tissue can stretch unnaturally, and you may suffer a strain or sprain. Sprains are stretched and damaged ligaments, while strains are stretched and damaged tendons or muscles.
Some of the most common causes of acute sprains and strains include:
- Car and truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Accidents caused by defective products
- Hotel accidents
- Slip and falls
- Construction accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Sports accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Assault and battery
Any of the above can happen when you least expect it and can result in a painful injury that plagues you for months. While many people may call a strain or sprain a “minor” injury, people suffering from these conditions know that these injuries can have serious effects on your life.
The Effects of a Soft Tissue Injury
Whether you sprained or strained your wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, back, hip, knee, or leg, the injury can have a long-lasting impact on many aspects of your life. The following are only some of the many effects you may be experiencing after a strain or sprain:
Medical treatment – After an accident, if you feel any pain, stiffness, or movement limitations, you should always seek a medical evaluation. Many people write off soreness or stiffness as “normal” after an accident and fail to see a doctor, only to discover that their pain only gets worse in the next few days. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can begin treatment and start recovering. Medical treatment can include emergency room visits, orthopedic specialist visits, physical therapy, prescription medications, and even surgery in serious cases. Physical therapy and follow-up appointments can take up a lot of time, and medical care is always costly.
Missed work – Many people work in jobs that require physical activity, and a strain or sprain can prevent them from performing their jobs. In fact, some strains and sprains can even prevent you from sitting in an office chair. Many people suffering from soft tissue injuries must miss work while they heal. Not only is rest often part of a treatment plan, but you may be forced to take time off if you cannot do your job duties. While some people have options to take paid leave, many strain and sprain victims must take unpaid leave and lose a substantial amount of income while they recover.
Physical limitations – The physical restrictions from a sprain or strain will not only affect your work but can impact every aspect of your life. You may have trouble caring for small children, driving, cleaning your house, grocery shopping, or even walking. Not everyone has help readily available if they cannot take care of their household or drive places, so they may need to hire extra childcare or household assistance. These costs can add up quickly, and the limitations can be extremely frustrating. Furthermore, a sprain or strain will almost certainly prevent you from exercising or participating in sports or other recreational activities.
Pain and suffering – There is no doubt that strains and sprains are painful injuries, and the pain can be unrelenting. Severe pain can take a toll on you quickly, and as it persists, you can even suffer from mental distress or depression. Painkillers are no longer a simple and lasting option to take care of pain, as they can have serious mental effects and risks of addiction. In most cases, you must suffer through as your injury heals, which can take weeks or months.
Recovering for Your Losses
Because the effects of strains and sprains can be so serious, it is important for victims to know when they have the right to compensation for their losses. If someone else’s negligence resulted in your accident and injuries, that party should be held liable for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Negligent parties can include:
Stores, hotels, or businesses that allow dangerous hazards that cause slip and falls
Companies that make defective products
Nursing homes that allow abuse to occur
These are only a few examples of who may be responsible for a sprain or strain injury. Our accident lawyers in Miami represent injury victims by filing insurance claims against the appropriate parties and proving the full value of your losses. If the insurance process is insufficient, we can file a personal injury lawsuit to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We handle every aspect of the insurance and legal process so you can focus on your recovery from your injury.
Speak with a Miami Personal Injury Lawyer for Free Today
At Flagler Personal Injury Group, we have seen firsthand the many serious effects of strain and sprain injuries on our clients. We are here to help you seek compensation for your losses and move forward after an accident. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Miami accident and injury attorneys, call 305-424-8445 or contact us online.