A soft tissue injury is a broad term that covers many different types of injuries. This includes damage or injury to tendons, ligaments, or muscles in the body. Thus, a soft tissue injury, or “STI” is often treated differently than other injuries such as broken bones. This is because soft tissue often plays a crucial role in bodily functions such as movement and fine motor coordination. Depending on the type of injury, a soft tissue injury can often be more debilitating and can take longer to heal than a broken bone.
What are Some Common Causes of Soft Tissue Injury?
Soft tissue injuries can result from many different incidents or conduct. In many cases, the soft tissue can become injured due to improper movements of the body, or through extreme strain and exertion. Some common causes of soft tissue injury:
- Auto accidents
- Slip and fall (especially the soft tissues of the neck region)
- Repetitive stress injuries
In addition to these types of inadvertent or unintentional injuries, soft tissue injury can also result from direct, intentional trauma, as is the case in a civil assault or battery.
Who Can be Held Liable for Soft Tissue Injuries?
This will depend on the nature of the soft tissue injury, as well as where it occurred. For instance, if the soft tissue injury was caused through a slip and fall at a business, the business owner might be held liable for the injury. If the injury was due to negligence in a car accident, another driver may be held liable. Or, an employer might be held liable for work-related injuries. This all depends on the facts of each case.
One thing to consider is whether or not the injury is a new injury, or if the injury is simply a “re-injuring” or an aggravation of an existing injury. Soft tissue injuries can be prone to a re-injury. An example of this is with a shoulder injury where the tendon is injured due to dislocation. Due to the weakened tendon, the shoulder may become dislocated again in the future.
A damages award is the typical remedy in a soft-tissue injury lawsuit. This will require the defendant reimburse the plaintiff for their losses. However, a pre-existing injury may lower the amount of damages that the plaintiff can recover.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With a Soft Tissue Injury Lawsuit?
Soft tissue injuries are a very specific type of injury. When filing a lawsuit for such an injury, it is generally necessary to hire a personal injury lawyer for assistance with the case. Your attorney can advise you on how to proceed so that you obtain the appropriate legal remedy for your situation. Your lawyer can represent you in court and guide you through the whole process from beginning to end.