What is a soft tissue injury?
A soft tissue injury typically refers to muscle, ligament and tendon injuries which may have happened as a result of a sprain, strain, or any other accident. These injury types can range from minor to severe, with differing strategies for treatment and recovery which may impact upon your life to varying degrees. Pain, swelling and bruising are common side effects of a soft tissue injury, and the advice for self-treatment is to follow the RICE principle (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Can I make a claim?
If you meet the eligibility criteria, making a claim for a soft tissue injury follows the same principles as any other personal injury claim. You will likely be entitled to make a claim if you have been injured within the past three years, the accident was caused by another person or organisation and you needed to receive medical attention as a result. To check, you can use a handy online tool like Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second calculator, which will also give an indication of how much compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Soft tissue injuries may occur in a number of different situations. Perhaps you have torn a muscle in a fall at work, or you have sprained your ankle tripping on broken pavement? No matter how it happened, as long as it fulfils the above criteria, you should pursue your right to make a claim.
Compensation is in place to ensure that those who have suffered an injury such as a soft tissue injury that was not their fault are compensated as far as possible. Compensation takes into account the severity of your injury – including the impact upon your life currently as well as in the future, if you are expected to have long-term problems as a result. Your doctor will be able to confirm this in a medical report. It also considers expenses you have encountered as a result of your accident – perhaps medical bills, or a loss of earnings.
How do I make a claim?
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury and are eligible for compensation, you should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. One of our highly trained and friendly advisers will talk you through the process and ensure you feel at ease. Once we have all of the details relating to your injury and accident, we will match your case to one of our expert lawyers. We are able to select the best possible one for you, taking into account their past experience and successes with your injury type.
Before you get in touch, it may be useful to gather the following information:
- Contact details of any witnesses to your accident
- Photographs of the accident site, if you have any
- A diary of events following your accident to help jog your memory
- Your doctor’s report
Accident Advice Helpline can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone or by filling out our short online claim form.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry