Soft Tissue Injuries
Whiplash, Injuries to the Spine, RSD/CRPS, Knee Tendons, Rotator Cuff, Ligament, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder
Injuries in soft tissue are caused by direct or indirect trauma to the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules (sac surrounding a joint).
Often difficult to diagnose and treat these injuries can lead to painful, long lasting, and in some cases, permanent symptoms and limitation of function.
Jarring incidents, such as motor vehicle accidents and others including falls and sports injuries, often result in soft tissue injuries. Common sites of soft tissue injuries are the spine, knee ligaments, hips and shoulders.
Not all soft tissue injuries have the same course of recovery
Some soft tissue injuries can cause chronic or relapsing pain and limitation of movement indefinitely, and can significantly disrupt a person’s life and livelihood.
ICBC often downplays soft tissue injuries, particularly whiplash and these types of insurance claims involving soft tissue injuries can be complex and often require legal advice to recieve proper compensation.
There is a common misunderstanding that whiplash is nothing more than sore neck muscles, when it often involve swelling, tearing and/or stretching of the ligaments, nerves, discs and facet joints that support the vertebrae. In some cases, whiplash can result in compression or injury of the spinal cord.
British Columbia courts are not bound by ICBC’s guidelines for soft tissue injuries that are capped at $15,000 what they refer to as damages and pain and suffering, also known as “non-pecuniary damages”. When in fact, courts have awarded over $100,000 for more serious soft tissue injuries which result in chronic or long term pain and limitations.
Buckley & Company’s lawyers have extensive experience representing injured clients with all kinds of soft tissue injuries, and the skill to prove your pain is real. We can access experts in physical and rehabilitation medicine and other specialties to properly diagnose the nature of soft tissue injuries you are suffering and liaise with your doctor to ensure you receive proper therapy and treatment to facilitate your recovery.
Some examples of soft-tissue injuries Buckley & Company has represented clients for include:
- Knee injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Spinal disc related injuries
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy and complex regional pain syndrome (RSD/CRPS)
- Nerve damage
- Aggravation of pre-existing soft tissue complaints
- Degenerative conditions
- Shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears and “frozen shoulder”
- Thoracic outlet injury
- Strains and sprains
- Chronic pain syndrome
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome