Soft Tissue Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
If you have sustained soft tissue injuries in a motorbike accident that was not your fault, then it is worth considering making a motorbike claim. At Macks Solicitors, our lawyers are experts in dealing with all types of motorbike claims and will fight for the compensation you deserve. For more information without obligation, contact us on 0800 980 9386. Our advice is completely free to you.
Soft tissue injuries:
Soft tissue injuries are unfortunately extremely common in motorcycle accidents. They range from very minor to very serious, and can even lead to more severe injuries that can be fatal over time if not properly treated. Many people consider that soft tissue motorcycle injuries are less serious than other kinds of injuries associated with motorcycle accidents, however this is greatly dependent on the extent of the injury involved.
It is very important to understand what soft tissue damage is, and what kind of soft tissue injuries can be sustained from motorbike accidents. Soft tissue injuries can range from minor sprains and ligament damage to more serious injuries including crushed limbs and, in some cases, haemorrhaging. Such injuries all affect the soft tissue around the bones and organs. Soft tissue injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents are always very common, as the rider is not as well protected as they would be in a car. For this reason, soft tissue motorcycle injuries are a likely occurrence, even when wearing the proper clothing.
What are the symptoms of a soft tissue injury?
Symptoms of soft tissue injuries vary widely, but there are some guidelines for identifying them. If you have sustained a soft tissue injury, then bruising is likely to occur, resulting in swelling of the affected area and discolouration. A soft tissue injury can also be caused by a pulled muscle or a whiplash injury. This is why it is extremely important to seek full medical attention after a motorbike accident: even if you think you have only sustained minor injuries, these could be concealing a more serious soft tissue injury.
Categorising soft tissue injuries:
Soft tissue motorcycle injuries are graded in three categories to help identify the seriousness of the injury and for compensation claim reasons.
A first degree injury is where the ligament or muscle has had a mild stretch more than it is used to or supposed to stretch, or there has been a blow of force applied to a muscle. Pain can be felt when stretching or sometimes moving, but there is little damage to the muscle. This category is also used for minor lacerations with little to no blood loss. Soft tissue motorcycle injuries such as these are the most common.
Second degree injuries are more serious. This describes moderate over-stretching of muscles or ligaments to the point where fibres have been broken, and there has been significant bruising. There may be pain even when the muscle/ligament is not at full stretch, and the ligament or muscle will be weakened. With lacerations this is with deep cuts involving stitches with some, but not a threatening amount of blood loss. These again are very common that many motorcycle riders sustain every year.
The final category of soft tissue injuries is the most serious: this is for third degree soft tissue injuries. These relate to injuries to the ligaments or muscles where there has been an extreme blow and severe twisting or over stretching. This described injuries to the point of which there is severe muscle or ligament damage in the form of broken fibres and possibly internal bleeding, resulting in severe bruising. This is the case when there is little to no use of the limb containing the muscle or ligament affected, and when the area is in constant pain, even at rest. Soft tissue motorcycle injuries luckily usually don’t reach third degree levels as often as the other two, but it does happen more often than it should. It is important as a motorcycle rider to take every possible precaution and follow all expert and government guidelines in order to reduce the chances of soft tissue motorcycle injuries occurring.
Making a soft tissue injury claim:
Contact our motorbike claims lawyers today for more information about making a motorbike claim if you have sustained soft tissue injuries in an accident. We have the expertise to deal with all types of motorbike claims and understand the complexities in the law surrounding claiming for soft tissue injuries. For more information on making a motorbike accident claim, contact us today without obligation: you can call us on 0800 980 9386, or fill out our online claim form.