Soft tissue injuries are often thought of as being a lesser injury than a bone fracture. Whilst this is certainly the case when it comes to minor soft tissue injuries like sprains and bruising, some instances ligament damage has the potential to match or even exceed the recovery time needed for a fracture. We dealt with an accident which demonstrates the range of soft tissue injuries which can occur in a slip and trip accident claim.
The accident occurred when our client was out shopping in her local supermarket. She made her way over to the till area when she suddenly slipped in a clear liquid which was covering the floor. She tried to stop her fall by reaching out and grabbing hold of a nearby counter but landed badly on her knee.
Our client had travelled straight to the GP who advised her to go to A&E as her leg was badly swollen. Several x-rays were taken which thankfully confirmed that no bones had been broken. However, there were muscle injuries throughout her leg and her wrist (caused by her attempt to stop the fall).
These types of injuries are generally referred to as soft tissue injuries – this is because it’s the muscular tissue, tendons or ligaments which are damaged. Depending on the type of accident, the effects can be wildly different: anything from simple bruising to a severe ligament tear. These have the potential to cause long-term symptoms, much like a fracture of the bone.
In this case the soft tissue injuries suffered by our client were worse in her wrist and thumb than in her leg. The twisting of her hand had led to persistent thumb and wrist injuries, whereas by comparison the leg injury healed within two months.
The case was settled fairly shortly after her medical report was disclosed so our client was able to focus on recovering from her injuries and use her compensation to help her get back to normal.