Catastrophic Injuries: Sprains & Strains
Defending Your Rights after a Wrongful Injury
While sprains and strains might sound like minor injuries, they, like any other kind of injury, occur in varying degrees and can become permanent or long-lasting debilitations. A severe sprain can put you out of work, force you to undergo serious or expensive surgery, cause demobilization in older victims and extenuating, lifelong disabilities in younger victims. For these reasons, those suffering these injuries at the hands of others through no fault of their own deserve compensation for the negative and derailing consequences of their injuries.
Sprains & Strains: Knowing the Difference
A sprain or strain is an orthopedic injury that can occur anywhere in your body that has ligaments, muscles, or tendons. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments (ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another). A strain is a stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon (tendons are fibrous cords that connect muscles to bones). These injuries are incredibly painful and may occur in a number of different, everyday scenarios.
Possible Causes of Sprains & Strains
Sprains occur when you overextend or tear a ligament at the same time as you stress a joint. Common causes of sprains include falls, missteps, and trips. These incidents could be the fault of another party in situations such as:
- Unmarked, slippery or uneven surfaces
- Areas lacking necessary guard or hand rails
- Motor vehicle accident at fault of another driver
Because strains can be caused by chronic injury, they are usually the result of prolonged, repetitive movements in a muscle or muscles; these injuries are often evident in athletes or individuals with jobs involving physical challenges. Acute strains happen when a muscle or tendon stretches unusually far or too quickly. Slipping, running, jumping, throwing and lifting heavy objects can all result in acute tears, and these could be the fault of your employer if sustained at work for the following reasons:
- Failure to provide proper training in handling equipment
- Poor or insufficient supervision
- Negligent or reckless co-workers
- Lack of necessary equipment to accomplish tasks
Symptoms of sprains and strains vary depending on the severity of the injury, but usually include one or more of the following:
- Muscle spasms
- Limited mobility in the affected joint or muscle
- For sprains only, a "popping" sound at the time of the injury
While some sprains and strains can be treated at home, individuals should see a doctor if they are experiencing intense pain or if they can't move or experience numbness in any part of the affected area.
Fighting for Your Financial Retribution
If you or a loved one has suffered from a strain or sprain on the job or as the result of the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your case.