Soft Tissue Injuries
While they are often less obvious than broken bones or some other types of injuries, soft tissue injuries can have serious and long-term consequences for a person’s life. In some cases, these injuries can affect a person’s ability to work, perform everyday tasks, and lead a normal lifestyle. If you or a loved one has suffered a soft tissue injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to consult a skilled Baltimore injury attorney who understands this area of the law and the type of harm that you suffered. At Arfaa Law Group, we can help you secure the compensation that you need to move on with your life. We can investigate the circumstances giving rise to your claim and hold a negligent party accountable for their actions.Understand the Impact of a Soft Tissue Injury
A soft tissue injury (STI) refers to any injury to ligaments, tendons, muscles, or other connective tissues throughout the body. These injuries do not involve the bones or organs. Soft tissue injuries can occur over a long period of time, or they can happen in a single incident. Some common types of soft tissue injuries include sprains, contusions, strains, tendonitis, bursitis, and whiplash. These injuries can be extremely painful and may take an extended period of time to heal. In some cases, they can result in a temporary or even permanent disability. Soft tissue injuries can have a number of causes, including:
- Car accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Slip and falls;
- Defective product incidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Truck accidents;
- Bicycle accidents; or
- Pedestrian accidents.
An individual who has suffered a soft tissue injury due to another person’s mistake, wrongdoing, or reckless conduct may be able to recover compensation through a negligence claim against the at-fault party. Under Maryland law, each person and entity is required to take reasonable precautions and refrain from engaging in conduct that could cause preventable harm to others. In other words, negligence takes place when someone fails to use reasonable care, thereby causing injuries or death to another person. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent actor would behave under the same circumstances. It is important to know that failing to do something when there is a duty to do so can also form the basis of a personal injury claim.
Victims of catastrophic injuries often need extensive and long-term care. This is why Maryland law allows people involved in accidents to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to damages for which money is a comparable substitute, such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and property damage. Non-economic damages refer to intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, and more. Each case is unique, and the exact amount of compensation that will be appropriate in a given case based on a soft tissue injury will depend on the nature and extent of the harm suffered. Your attorney can build evidence to support the full scope of your injuries.
Like other types of civil claims, personal injury claims must be filed within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. In Maryland, a plaintiff who has suffered a soft tissue injury has three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. If the plaintiff does not file within this time frame, they could lose the chance to take legal action altogether.Contact a Knowledgeable Injury Lawyer in Baltimore or the Surrounding Areas
Soft tissue injuries may not seem serious at first, but, if left untreated, they may become severe and long-lasting. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury, you need to reach out to a skilled Baltimore attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At Arfaa Law Group, we can thoroughly examine the facts of your situation and determine the viability of your claim. We have represented many injured people in Maryland communities, as well as families bringing a wrongful death claim after a fatal accident. To discuss your case with a member of our team, feel free to call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.