A previous post on this blog discussed how our law office represents motorcyclists who are victims of accidents that leave them with soft tissue injuries.
Those New Orleans residents who have a bit of medical background might recognize "soft tissue injuries" as a fancier phrase for things like sprains and strains of one's muscles, tendons or ligaments.
However, the type of injuries we are talking about it after a motorcycle accident are not at all equivalent to the sprained ankle someone may suffer after a fall in the driveway. These sort of sprains and strains are what doctors call "mild," that is simply involving some stretching of a ligament which may be accompanied by some slight tearing that is easy to heal with some ice and a little rest.
What we are talking about are serious injuries caused when the force of an accident impacts the body or contorts it suddenly. These are "moderate" or "severe" sprains and strains. In the case of a moderate sprain, one will feel as if his or her joint is not working properly, much like what one might expect if a screw or other part were loose on a tool or machine.
In the case of a severe sprain, a victim's ligament is completely ripped away from the muscle and bone structure of the body, meaning a person can no longer use his or her joint. Obviously, this will cause significant pain and discomfort and will make it difficult for the person to move normally until he or she gets treatment.
Moderate to severe sprains may require additional medical care to treat effectively and may even necessitate a surgery. They most certainly will mean a few days or weeks off of work. In these sorts of cases, a motorcycle accident victim will likely want or even need to pursue compensation for things like medical bills and lost income.