Muscle Tear Injuries in Florida Car Accident Claims
Muscle tears are a type of muscle strain in which the fibers of the muscle are ripped and damaged. Though some muscle tears heal on their own, others may require surgical intervention or other treatments. Muscle tears are common after motor vehicle accidents, due to the effect the force of impact has on the human body.
Muscle tears are categorized into different grades:
- Grade 1 strains involve the stretching or tearing of just a few muscle fibers.
- Grade 2 strains involve more intense pain and a higher number of damaged muscle fibers. Swelling, bruising, and a loss of muscle strength are also often reported with these types of strains.
- Grade 3 strains involve a total tear of the muscle. The injured individual may actually hear a “pop” when the muscle tears. These are the most serious types of tears, as they may result in permanent damage to the muscle. Grade 3 strains are also the most painful types of muscle tears.
After a motor vehicle accident, medical attention should be sought for the following symptoms:
- Pain or tenderness in a muscle
- Reduced muscle strength
- Feeling a “pop” in a muscle
- Changes in appearance, such as dents or gaps under the skin
Medical professionals are able to diagnose muscle tears. Personal injury attorneys pursue claims against at-fault drivers on behalf of injured accident victims. Personal injury attorneys fight insurance companies and other attorneys to protect their clients’ legal rights and obtain a fair amount of compensation on their behalf.
It is important to meet with a Florida personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident to begin the claims process. The longer an accident victim waits, the more difficult it may become to pursue a legal claim.