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Soft Tissue Injuries Related To Slip And Fall Accidents

When one thinks of slip and fall accident injuries, they typically think first of the most obvious or severe. Traumatic brain injuries incurred after hitting one’s head, broken bones, broken teeth are just a few that come to mind first, but soft tissue injuries deserve just as much attention. While soft tissue injuries aren’t typically life threatening, they can threaten livelihoods, and they are often quite costly when one considers medical costs, recovery time, and lost wages. Soft tissue injuries are categorized as sprains, strains, and bruising, and one very common soft tissue injury in car accidents is one that most people who have experienced a car accident have fallen victim to – whiplash.

Types Of Soft Issue Injuries Explained

While whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries incurred in car accidents, it’s not as common in slip and fall accidents. That is not to say it doesn’t happen or cannot happen, but it’s less likely in a slip and fall when compared to an automobile accident. A few types of soft tissue injuries one is likely to experience in a slip and fall are:

• Sprain – A sprain occurs when a ligament is torn or stretched during a fall.

• Strain – A train is the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon.

• Contusion – A bruise caused by impact to the muscle, ligaments, or tendons.

• Tendonitis – Tendon inflammation caused by repeated stress.

• Bursitis – Irritation of the bursa, a fluid filled sac located between the bone and a muscle or tendon, within various joints.

• Stress fractures – Small fractures within the bone caused by stress.

The most common of these soft tissue injuries a person is most like to experience after a slip and fall include sprains, strains, and contusions, but those with other conditions like tendonitis or bursitis could have their conditions flare up or worsen due to slip and fall impact.

The Problem With Filing A Claim After A Soft Tissue Injury

Soft tissue injuries aren’t dramatic, and in most cases, they can’t really be seen from the outside. In some instances, they could cause no symptoms for days or even weeks after the accident has occurred. For this reason they’re quite difficult to prove in a lawsuit or insurance claim, particularly if medical attention isn’t sought right away. Even if a person feels like nothing is wrong after a fall, and they may have only received minor scratches or bumps, being checked out by a medical professional to look for soft tissue injuries is important.

Soft tissue injuries, particularly if left untreated, can cause lingering pain and medical need. If medical attention is not sought, and a lawsuit or insurance claim is unable to be filed, this could result in continued medical care you will need to pay for out of pocket regardless if the accident was caused by another party’s negligence. Without seeking out medical attention right away, your lawsuit or claim could be denied, providing you with no compensation at all.

The Help Of An Experienced Attorney

Within the state of Florida, an experienced personal injury attorney is your best help in receiving compensation after experiencing a slip and fall resulting in soft tissue injuries. Your attorney will assist you through the entire filing and negotiation processes, as well as represent you should your case go to court, so you’ll have confidence in your experience and what you can expect at the end. At, we have the Florida attorneys you need to represent you after a slip and fall injury case, and if you’ve experienced a soft tissue injury, contact us today.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Soft Tissue Injuries Related To Slip And Fall Accidents

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