- What is a Soft Tissue Injury?
- How Do Soft Tissue Injuries Happen?
- How are Soft Tissue Injuries Treated?
- What Kinds of Damages Can I Claim After a Soft Tissue Injury?
- You Deserve a Lawyer Who Will Listen
- Frequently Asked Questions
Los Angeles Soft Tissue Injury Attorney
Fighting for the Compensation You Need After Suffering Serious Injuries
We don’t normally associate joint, ligament or other soft tissue injuries with car accidents. But if you were injured in this way due to another driver’s negligence, you have options. Before you sign a settlement with your insurance company, it’s a good idea to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to be sure you’re getting everything you deserve.
Experienced lawyer Scott J. Corwin can help you seek compensation for your serious injury, just as he’s helped many other Los Angeles residents. Scott J. Corwin is a member of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association (MVTLA), and holds an Avvo rating of 10.0 (“Superb”). Over the past 30 years, he has recovered more than $175 million for more than 3,000 clients who were victims of others’ negligence.
A soft tissue injury is a medical term to describe an injury that affects soft tissues in the body like muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. While bruises and sprains are the most common minor soft tissue injuries, injury claims usually address more severe soft tissue injuries—those that can completely alter your health and wellbeing.
Severe forms of soft tissue injuries include the following:
- Knee injuries: The knee is comprised of soft tissues, a flexible joint, and the patella. An injury to the soft tissues of the knee can be devastating and make it impossible for the victim to walk until they fully heal.
- Joint injuries: Partial or complete damage to ligaments, muscles, or tendons in the elbow, ankle, and wrist can be severe and cause lasting debilitation. If the injury does not fully heal, then the debilitation or disability could become permanent.
- Torn ligaments: A ligament is a piece of connective tissue that attaches one bone to another. In violent car or motorcycle accidents, ligaments can tear, causing painful and immediate debilitation.
- Whiplash: When the muscles and tendons of the neck and upper back are stretched, strained, or torn, it causes a whiplash injury. Whiplash most often happens in rear-end collisions, but it can occur whenever the neck is harshly yanked back and forth in a crash.
- Nerve damage: Injuries to nerves are very likely to be severe. Even “minor” harm to a nerve can cause immediate and permanent loss of sensation. Severe nerve damage can even cause paralysis.
Motor vehicle accidents, such as those involving cars, motorcycles, and trucks, can and often do result in life-changing injuries such as soft tissue injuries. Even though insurance companies often like to downplay the severity of soft tissue injuries, since they do not involve bones, major organs, or disfigurements, the truth is that these types of injuries are usually severe.
Soft tissue injuries can be especially common in motor vehicle accidents due to the large amounts of force being placed on the body during a collision. Even in minor accidents, the force exerted upon the body can cause various ligaments and tendons to be stretched or torn. No matter the severity of the accident, it's important to always seek medical treatment immediately.
Soft tissue injuries can be incredibly difficult to diagnose and even more problematic to treat. The challenge is that soft tissue injuries usually affect body parts that are used and moved often, sometimes without the individual realizing it. For example, an injury to the tendons in your neck will be aggravated whenever you look around, but will also be under stress just from keeping your head up throughout the day.
Treatments for soft tissue injuries need to be as thorough as they are careful. Doctors will usually call specialists to get second opinions and insight while forming a treatment plan. Overall, the entire treatment regimen for a soft tissue injury can take months or even years in catastrophic cases.
Treatments that might help your soft tissue injury heal include:
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Prescription medication
When a treatment plan is finalized for a soft tissue injury patient, the final cost can be tremendous. This is especially true when the patient requires years of physical therapy to restore mobility to the injured body part without pain or weakness. To avoid paying these costs out of your own pocket, you should already be thinking about how you will form and file a claim against the party who caused your accident.
If you’re unable to walk due to a knee injury or torn ligament, or if you’ve injured another joint, there’s a lot you can’t do. You may be wondering how you’ll manage if this disability is permanent — and that anxiety may interfere with your recovery.
You may be able to seek damages for:
- Pain and suffering, including mental anguish
- Medical expenses you have paid already, as well as future medical expenses
- Lost earning capacity, if yours is a permanent disability that will interfere with your ability to work
- Lost wages, if you are unable to work while recovering from your injury
- Household services, if you need help with cleaning and other chores as a result of your injury
Attorney Scott J. Corwin provides personalized attention to each of his clients. Throughout your case, you will work directly with him. You do not need to worry about your case being passed between paralegals and associate attorneys. Scott stays hands-on for all his cases because he insists on it to ensure your case is as strong as possible.
Attorney Corwin can offer you peace of mind by working hard to get you the maximum possible compensation. He will listen carefully to your story, taking the time to understand what you need and what your goals are. Get the personal attention you deserve at this difficult time.
Generally, medical providers advise soft tissue injury patients to “stay off” the affected body part like a knee or ankle for at least six weeks. When calculating the value of your claim, it is important to factor in the recovery time and how it has impacted your day-to-day life. For example, if you cannot work for six weeks because of the injury, then the wages you do not earn during that period should be part of your compensation.
Yes, the symptoms of a soft tissue injury are not always immediate. In many cases, severe pain and swelling can begin more than 48 hours after the injury is first suffered. This is why it is so important to always see a doctor after any car, motorcycle, or truck accident for a check-up.
In many ways, a soft tissue injury can be worse than a bone break. It all depends on the location and severity of the injury. For example, a small fracture on your shoulder blade is less likely to cause complications and chronic pain like an injury to your knee joint would. Do not let an insurance company write off your soft tissue injury as “minor” just because a bone was not broken in the crash.
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Fast, Favorable Resolutions
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we understand the importance of securing a favorable outcome in your case, fast. More than 95 percent of our clients’ cases settle within 5 to 9 months, and our clients are very satisfied with the results (see our client reviews!). We only file lawsuits when absolutely necessary, such as in cases where the defendant disputes liability or refuses to pay for the full extent of our client’s damages.
With more than 30 years in practice and over $175 million recovered for his clients, Scott is known for his aggressive approach to litigation. Some of his accolades include:
- Inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2007, a distinction reserved for only the top 5 percent of all personal injury lawyers in the region
- Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyer”
- Named a Top 25 Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association since 2010
- Maintains a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we believe in developing strong attorney-client relationships built on honesty, trust, and communication. As a client, you will always receive direct, personal attention from Scott; your case will never be passed off to an associate or paralegal. Instead, you can always rely on dedicated representation from a highly experienced and award-winning attorney who is ready to fight for you.
Zero Upfront Fees
Our firm offers all personal injury and wrongful death legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees or expenses. Instead, we only get paid if and when we recover compensation for you. In the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you do not pay a dime. We also offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose in reaching out to our team today. Contact our firm 24/7 and we’ll get back to you within one business day.