Soft Tissue Injuries

Suffering from a Soft Tissue Injury? Call our Springfield Personal Injury Attorney!

Soft tissue refers to muscles, ligaments, tendons or nerves. When any of these are injured, it can have serious complications to one's health and ability to function in life. The injuries can be a result of direct trauma or indirect trauma. Indirect trauma occurs most commonly from overused tissue in a repetitive motion. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury, the Springfield personal injury lawyer at A Good Law Firm is ready to help you recover your losses.

Soft tissue injuries can occur from direct trauma like:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Being struck by a falling object
  • Impact from fall or in attempting to break a fall
  • Intense and sudden erratic movement (ex. vehicle collision)
  • Being hit by a car (ex. pedestrian accident)
  • Being struck by a thrown object

Open & Closed Soft Tissue Injuries

In medical terminology, a person's skin is referred to as an Integumentary System that is composed of different soft tissues. The infliction of intense pressure and/or trauma of a high degree can cause serious damage to a person's soft tissue. As such, the treatment required to heal your soft tissue injury will depend entirely upon its severity. Treatment begins by identifying the type of soft tissue injury that was incurred and the severity of that injury.

  • Medical professionals generally tend to classify these types of injuries as either open or closed:
  • Closed Soft Tissue Injury: Closed soft tissue injuries cause damage to the skin but do not rip open the epidermis of the skin. Generally considered to be minor in nature, closed tissue injuries are then placed into another category of differentiation. These will either be classified as contusions or hematomas.
  • Contusion: Skin discoloration is highly apparent in closed soft tissue injuries that are determined to be contusions. Suffering from a significant blow to the epidermis, it is common for a person's soft tissues to then leak blood and fluids, causing discoloration, swelling and pain.
  • Hematoma: Internal injuries, hematomas are a more serious skin condition and cannot be recognized by damage to the outside of the skin. Blood clots are formed as a result of disruption to the blood vessel's wall, which usually results from strong pressure or a direct blow to the skin. Victims of hematoma could suffer from internal bleeding, fractures, and hypovolemic shock.
  • Open Soft Tissue Injury: When the epidermis is opened (aka, the skin breaks), mucous membranes become exposed, resulting in loss of blood.

Recovering from a Soft Tissue Injury

Healing times for soft tissue injuries can vary greatly. Serious injuries can require a year or more of healing time. During this time, it may not be possible to return to the same type of work you have been doing. Sometimes surgery is required to fix tears or ruptures of the tissue. The medical costs can be substantial and if you are also missing work, you have serious financial strain. If another caused your injuries, it is completely within your legal rights to sue the responsible parties for financial compensation. Compensation can greatly assist you in your recovery process. It will enable you to focus on your recovery and it will relieve the financial strain.

Contact Our Springfield Personal Injury Firm to Begin the Recovery Process

With over three decades of experience, Alan R. Goodman at A Good Law Firm is equipped to help many clients recover their losses and recover their lives.