Soft tissue injuries involve damage to the body’s ligaments, tendons or muscles. They can occur as the result of a single incident, such as a slip and fall accident, or they may develop over time, such as with a repetitive use work-related injury.
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What is a soft tissue injury?
Soft tissue injury is a broad term used to define tears, pulls and contusions of ligaments, tendons or muscles. They generally result from a blow to a body part, overuse, or a strain or sprain.
A torn ACL in a cycling accident or a shoulder joint tear in machinery-related accident are examples of single, injury-causing incidents.
The Canadian Women’s Health Network explains that if a soft tissue injury develops over time, it also may be referred to as a:
- cumulative trauma disorder (CTD);
- overexertion/overuse injury; or
- repetitive strain injury (RSIs).
Common examples of RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome in office workers and painful back strain as the result of a manual labor position.
10 Examples of Soft Tissue Injuries
At Preszler Law, we help clients with injury claims covering a wide range of injuries. Some of the most common types of soft tissue injuries include:
- back strains and sprains;
- torn ligaments in the knees, shoulders and ankles;
- carpal tunnel syndrome;
- tennis elbow;
- tenosynovitis; and
- myofascial pain (myalgia).
Determining Compensation Options for Damages
If you’re developing a soft tissue injury as the result of work-related conditions or a work-related accident, you may be able to apply for benefits through the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Your medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages as a result of time you spend away from work because of your condition should be covered.
If your injury is the result of an incident for which another party may be legally responsible, you might be able to file a negligence claim to pursue compensation for your damages. In these types of claims, you might be eligible for a wide range of damages in addition to lost wages and medical benefits.
To determine exactly what options might apply to your case or for assistance with the claims process, enlist the services of a legal professional.
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The Difficulty in Proving Soft Tissue Injury Claims
It’s important to mention that there’s a caveat to many soft tissue injury claims. Given that these types of injuries are notably difficult to document medically, adequately proving the claims can be challenging.
Whiplash doesn’t show up on an X-ray in the same way a broken bone does. There is no medical evaluation that can accurately gauge and medically prove your back pain. Proving you’re actually and substantially hurt might take legal and medical expertise.
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If you have sustained a soft tissue injury and need legal counsel in Ontario, contact the Preszler Law Firm today. Call 1-800-JUSTICE® to discuss your claim.