Soft tissue injuries are a common consequence of work for many employees in a wide variety of industries. These injuries are to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons and can cause a person to suffer extreme pain and limitations in his day-to-day activities. Treatment for soft tissue injuries often involves long-term medical rehabilitation, and a person could be off work for an extended period of time or become permanently disabled.
Soft tissue injuries happen in many different workplaces—such as offices, factories, warehouses, retail work, fast food restaurants, and construction. Common causes of these injuries include:
- Overexerting when pushing, lifting, pulling, or carrying objects
- Falling either on the same level or from heights
- Twisting and straining while reaching, bending, climbing, standing, and sitting
- Being struck by an object, such as a tool, building materials, or boxes
- Being involved in a vehicle accident
- Being caught between machinery
- Performing repetitive motions
- Becoming injured in an act of violence, such as an assault
6 Soft Tissue Injuries Workers Suffer
Soft tissue injuries can cause pain, swelling, and limitations in mobility in the injured limb. Common soft tissue injuries workers suffer in workplace accidents include:
- Sprains and strains. The stretching or tearing of ligaments, muscles, or tendons can cause minor stretching to a partial or complete tearing of the soft tissue. While some injuries will heal with rest, others could require expensive surgery to repair the damage.
- Contusions. These bruises are caused by a blow to a muscle, tendon, or ligament. Although some contusions are mild, serious ones can cause permanent damage to a person’s tissue.
- Tendonitis. Tendonitis can be an inflammation of the tendon or its covering, resulting in pain and swelling. If the inflammation persists, a person could need surgery to repair the damage to the tendon.
- Bursitis. This occurs when there is swelling and irritation to the soft tissue often caused by repeated stresses and overuse. A person suffering with bursitis can also have tendonitis.
- Cellulitis. This is an infection of the skin and its soft tissue caused when a break in the skin allows bacteria into the body.
- Stress fractures. These are small fractures in a bone caused by overuse and repetitive stressful motions.
If you suffered a soft tissue injury at work and are employed by a non-subscriber employer who has opted out of workers’ compensation, you could still be entitled to compensation for your injuries from your employer. Call us at (817) 380-4888 to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.