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What is Muscle Damage?

Muscle damage is a type of soft tissue injury. During a car accident, violent forces and unnatural movements can damage the soft tissue in the muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments in the neck, back and other muscles of the body. Examples of soft tissue injuries include contusions, strains, and sprains. Sometimes the muscle can even be torn, resulting in more serious injury and long-term damage.

The most common causes of muscle damage injuries include:

Symptoms of a soft tissue injury such as muscle damage include soreness, limited range of motion, and stiffness in the affected extremity. Accident victims who have suffered muscle damage may have trouble moving without pain. This can impact their ability to walk, perform their jobs, and deal with the daily activities of life.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Muscle Damage

Unfortunately, diagnosing muscle damage is difficult. Conventional diagnostic tests, such as MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays, are not able to pick up all soft tissue injuries. As such, a diagnosis must be made by a qualified medical professional after an extensive examination. Your doctor will review your symptoms and determine what type of soft tissue injury you have suffered.

To make matters worse, muscle damage responds differently to treatment in some individuals. That means that physical therapy may help some heal quickly, while others do not seem to respond well to therapy. Likewise, the cost of treating a soft tissue injury, such as muscle damage, is unpredictable. Some injured accident victims with muscle damage will need minimal treatment and medication, while others will need months or years of therapy. Others may develop additional complications from their soft tissue injury, such as scar tissue or fibromyalgia.

What to Do after Muscle Damage

The best thing you can do after you suffer muscle damage in a car, truck or motorcycle accident is to seek medical attention immediately. The same is true even if the injury results from falling or from physical abuse. Even though soft tissue injuries are difficult to diagnose, it is important to begin the medical process as soon as possible. It is harder to make a claim for injury if you haven’t sought medical help.

Once you have seen your doctor, it is important to follow the treatment plan precisely. Attend all therapy and doctor appointments and be sure to fill all prescriptions promptly. Insurance companies will use anything to help reduce your claim. If you miss appointments or do not take medications, they may use this as evidence that you are not as injured as you claim to be.

Always keep records of your treatments and all diagnostics. In addition, be sure to keep receipts for any over-the-counter medications you take. Keeping meticulous records will help your attorney build your case.

Compensation for Muscle Damage Injuries

The amount of money you receive after suffering muscle damage largely depends on the extent of your injury and the disabilities you face. Most muscle injuries will resolve relatively quickly with minimal treatment. However, for some individuals, their entire lives may be turned upside down. When this is the case, you need an experienced lawyer representing you and your future.

In general, the “at fault” driver’s insurance company is responsible for injuries that their negligence caused. This means you are eligible to seek compensation to help pay for:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Recovery of lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings

Our Experience Matters

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas injury lawyers know that injured accident victims need money now to pay for their medical expenses and rehabilitation. That’s why we work tirelessly from the start to help them obtain the maximum compensation they are entitled to.

Our track record of success is unparalleled, and we are proven leaders in our field. We have helped numerous injured accident victims in Arkansas and Tennessee put their lives together again after a serious accident. Here are just a few of the injury settlements we have obtained for our clients.

We’re There When You Need Us

If you’ve suffered muscle damage in an accident, you need the help of an experienced and skilled car accident lawyer.

At Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton, our injury attorneys know that muscle damage can be traumatic and can result in a lifetime of struggles. That’s why we fight aggressively for your future every step of the way.

With nine offices in Arkansas and Tennessee – Little Rock, Little Rock-Corporate Hill, Springdale, Conway, Hot Springs, Bryant, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, and Memphis—our lawyers are there whenever you need us. Contact Rainwater, Holt & Sexton Injury Lawyers today to begin the personal injury legal process.

We’re here to help.

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