New York City Soft Tissue Injury Lawyers
New York City Injury Attorneys Representing the Rights of Construction Workers
Sprains, strains, and other soft-tissue injuries have a reputation for being relatively “minor.” Who hasn’t pulled a muscle at some point but managed to hobble around? Although many workers can recover from a soft tissue injury with ice and some over-the-counter painkillers, others will require surgery and rehabilitation.
With the help of an experienced NYC worksite injury attorney , you might receive compensation for your injuries. Please contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today.
A strain involves any injury to tendons, which connect muscle to bone. Strains stem from overexertion, which is common on construction worksites. A worker trying to lift something too heavy can easily suffer a strain.
A strain can cause pain, swelling, and muscle weakness. You will probably know you have suffered a strain because you should feel immediate pain.
Strains are classified by degree:
- First degree. Mild stretching of the tendon can require over-the-counter painkillers and use of the RICE protocol , which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Second degree. This type of strain involves greater stretching of the tendon. Greater rest time is usually needed.
- Third-degree. If the tendon completely tears off the bone, then surgery will be necessary to reattach it.
Ligaments connect bones to each other and provide support, especially at joints like the elbow and knee. A construction worker can suffer a sprain at a job site when they make a sudden, awkward motion, often to prevent themselves from falling. A sprained back, for example, can be immobilizing and lead to weeks off from work.
Like strains, sprains are also classified by degree:
- First degree. This is a minor sprain that affects only a few ligaments. The stretching might be minimal, and a worker can experience mild discomfort. Usually, rest, ice, compression, and elevation can appropriately treat a mild sprain.
- Second degree. When a ligament suffers a partial tear, then the person experiences more pain and swelling. A second-degree sprain can require a longer recovery time.
- Third-degree. When the ligament completely tears, then a worker has suffered a third-degree sprain. Third-degree sprains often require surgical repair, and a worker will often need a brace to keep the affected joint stable.
A contusion is a deep bruise. A construction worker can be bruised when he is struck by equipment or an object. The discoloration that accompanies contusions is caused by blooding pooling in the affected area.
Bruises can be minor or serious. When too much blood accumulates, it can put pressure on nearby tissue and nerves, causing constant pain. If the pressure isn’t relieved, then tissue or nerves can die, leading to permanent injuries. If you suffer a traumatic blow to the body, go to the hospital immediately so that a doctor can address any contusion before it becomes a major problem.
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Depending on their severity, soft-tissue injuries can require thousands of dollars in medical treatment and send someone home to recuperate for months. At our law firm, we help injured workers get the compensation necessary to take care of themselves. Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today. Our firm has decades of combined experience that we want to put to work for you. Call 212-285-3300 or complete our contact form to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.