Damages to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the body are known as soft tissue injuries. They can be caused as the result of a high impact blow or too much use of a particular limb or part of the body. These kinds of injuries are commonly known as sprains, bruises, tears, abrasions, and the like. Various kinds of automobile accidents, workplace mishaps, or falls can leave a person injured in this manner. If the accident was caused due to negligence or fault, you may have basis for a strong personal injury case and a good lawyer in Louisiana can help you with it.
Insurance companies will leave no stone unturned to ensure that their payout in a soft tissue injuries claim is at a minimum. In order to achieve this goal, they will not hesitate to use all means at their disposal to prove that your claim is unjustified. This makes it very important that you document all aspects of the accident and the medical evaluation which followed it. Soft tissue injuries are quite common though detection of these is just as difficult.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Soft tissue injuries usually respond to proper rest of the injured region, cold compresses, and elevation of the limb. Splints may be essential to keep the injured part from even the slightest movement which can jeopardize the recovery process. Placing ice on the injury for the initial 48-72 hours can significantly reduce the pain and any swelling that may be present. Applying moderate pressure with a bandage or elastic wrap may also help in this.
A doctor will be able to give you a detailed diagnosis of your injury after a physical examination of the injury and asking you how you were hurt. Tests may also be done to find out the extent of damage to the tissue and to evaluate further treatment. X-rays are normally not very helpful in pinpointing this type of injury but MRIs can be quite useful. Physical therapy is often an essential component of the recovery process and is considered necessary in many cases.
DAMAGES AND COMPENSATION
Compensatory damages for soft tissue injuries refer to the monetary payments towards economic and non-economic damages claimed by the plaintiff. Medical bills and future hospital or medical costs, lost income, loss or reduction of the ability to earn an income in future, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and emotional trauma are all covered under this term.
Punitive damages can also be sought and this is intended to punish the defendant for reckless behavior and for causing harm intentionally. A tremendous personal injury attorney will be able to assess your case and inform you if you have grounds for claiming punitive damages too. Each case will be different and the lawyer will have a lot of groundwork to do before proceeding with a lawsuit or opting for a settlement. The presence of a lawyer by your side when settling with the insurance company will help ensure that you do not receive a raw deal.
CALL A QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL
Experienced and hardworking attorney Price McNamara handles soft tissue injury cases across New Orleans, Kenner, Lafayette, Mandeville, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, and St. John Parishes. If you think that you have a basis for a personal injury claim, or have been hurt or injured due to someone’s negligence or fault, call Louisiana personal injury attorney Price McNamara at his Baton Rouge office (225-201-8311) or his Metairie office (504-458-8455) to have your queries answered or to schedule a free consultation. His extensive trial experience of over 20 years, proven track record and limited caseload philosophy ensure that you will obtain excellent personal attention and a patient hearing on a consistent basis.