If you have suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident at work or a sports accident, you may be considering making a claim for personal injury compensation. Whilst it’s unlikely that a lawyer will be able to tell you exactly how much you could claim, as this depends on so many different factors, you could get an idea of what you may be entitled to by using a soft tissue injury compensation calculator. This could help you decide whether or not to proceed with a claim. Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second calculator is a great way to see how much you could claim, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim.
It’s also vital that you seek medical treatment for your soft tissue injury, as you will need to provide evidence of this in order to make a claim – but also, getting the right treatment can ensure that your injury does not become more serious and affect you in future.
What is a soft tissue injury?
Soft tissues are the tissues which connect, support and surround the body’s organs, for example, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, fat, blood vessels and so on. The most common injuries to soft tissues are strains and sprains, which can cause damage to:
- Ligaments – these are bands of connective tissues which connect bones
- Tendons – these tough connective tissues connect muscle to bone
- Muscles – these are made up of fibres which shorten and lengthen, allowing us to move our joints
What types of soft tissue injuries exist?
There are a number of different types of injuries you could suffer, and if you have sustained any of these injuries and received medical treatment for them, you could find you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim, if somebody else caused your accident:
- Acute injury – a sudden injury where symptoms develop rapidly
- Bruising – an injury with compression and bleeding into soft tissue, with swelling and discolouration
- Sprains – an injury where the joint is forced beyond its usual range of motion, causing the ligament to stretch and tear
- Strains – an injury where the muscles are over-stretched or contracted too fast, leading to a partial or complete tear of the muscle or tendon fibres
How are soft tissue injuries treated?
The treatment you will receive for your injuries will depend on their severity and of course whether or not you need to seek medical attention. Most minor soft tissue injuries can be treated at home using the RICER method:
Icing your soft tissue injury for the first 48 to 72 hours can reduce inflammation and swelling, easing pain and helping your soft tissues to heal more quickly. Wearing a compression bandage and keeping the injured joint elevated can also help. Remember also the No HARM rule – no heat, alcohol, running or massage. Over-the-counter painkillers can help to relieve pain if you are suffering. You may be referred to a physiotherapist who can suggest strengthening exercises to help the muscles surrounding your injury recover, or referred to another specialist in soft tissue injury recovery.
Why might you need a soft tissue injury compensation calculator?
You may need to find a soft tissue injury compensation calculator after being injured in a workplace accident. For example, you could sustain a soft tissue injury whilst working with dangerous machinery in a factory. Or you could suffer a strain or sprain – did you know that 22% of workplace sprains and strains are caused by lifting? 36% of these injuries affect the soft tissues of the back, whilst 12% affect the knee and shoulder. Your employer should ensure that they have provided you with proper training in manual handling, and that you are not lifting anything too heavy or bulky without assistance. It’s up to them to keep you safe at work, and if you are injured in an accident that you believe was caused by negligence, they could be ordered to pay you personal injury compensation.
Soft tissue injuries after a car accident
Road traffic accidents can be responsible for soft tissue injuries too, and if you have sustained injuries like this in a car accident, you may also have suffered from other injuries too, and be looking for a soft tissue injury compensation calculator. You don’t need to be travelling at high speed to be injured in a car accident; in fact, a recent study showed that 29% of people suffered soft tissue injuries whilst travelling at 2.5 miles per hour, whilst at five miles per hour, 38% of people sustained soft tissue injuries.
How long does recovery from soft tissue injuries take?
This is an almost impossible question to answer as every injury is so different. Some soft tissue injuries may take a few weeks to improve, whilst for others, you could be in pain for months. If you have pain that lasts for longer than three months then it is considered chronic, and you may be referred for specialist treatment. The amount of time you take to recover will obviously affect your personal injury settlement, as if you are in pain, you may be unable to go to work and earn a living. This will be taken into account when you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to make a personal injury claim, but for now, you can use our soft tissue injury compensation calculator for an idea of what you could claim.
What should I do after my accident?
Whether it has been a few weeks or a year or two since your accident, you really need to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline if you want to find out if you have a viable personal injury claim. There’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so after using our soft tissue injury compensation calculator, pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile). Our personal injury advisors are on hand offering no-obligation advice, so call us with your questions or to find out more about making a claim.