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Torn Muscles May Be Grounds for a Construction Accident Lawsuit

By Matthew Golitko on May 22, 2016

A man with an injured lower backThe lawyers of Golitko & Daly are some of the leading experts in worker injury laws in the greater Indianapolis area. We have helped countless clients with lawsuits and legal disputes over construction accidents and injuries, helping collect damages and allowing injury victims to recover with peace of mind.

While broken bones and major internal organ injuries are quite serious, we also take matters involving torn muscles quite seriously given the physical demands of construction jobs. Let's take a moment to consider these matters right now.

About Muscle Tears

A muscle strain refers to cases in which the muscle tissue is stretched too much. This is also known as a pulled muscle. In some cases, the muscle tissue will tear, which can be quite painful.

Mild-to-moderate muscle tears are generally treatable through proper at-home care, but severe muscle strain might quite professional medical treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Muscles Tears

The common signs and symptoms of muscle tears include the following:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Muscle soreness
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tightness in the muscle
  • Stiffness of the muscle
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Swelling inn the area of the tear

Common Muscles That Are Strained or Torn

While muscle strains and tears can occur in any muscle, they are most common in these areas:

  • Lower back
  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Hamstrings

Potential Causes of Muscle Tears

At construction sites, there are a whole host of causes of muscle tears and muscle strain. Any type of action that involves heavy lifting or stretching of the muscles can lead to pulled muscles or tears. This is especially true when a person has not stretched properly or if they overexert themselves. Working while fatigued can similarly lead to pulled muscles, as can construction work in cold weather given how the temperature can lead to muscle stiffness.

How Long Does It Take to Heal from a Muscle Tear?

Healing from a muscle strain can take a few days or a few weeks, depending on the nature of the injury. Many people are able to recover from their injury through ample rest, the use of pain medication, elevation of the injured boy part, and use of compression to support the muscle and reduce swelling.

For minor-to-moderate muscle strains, most people are able to recover fully after three to six weeks. Meeting with a physical therapist may be necessary for more serious muscle tears.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

When your injury was the result of negligence by another party, particularly a third-party, you may be able to seek a legal action against that negligent party. This will allow you to hold the negligent party accountable for the injury occurring, lost wages as you recover from the injury, and any physical rehabilitation required to fully recover from the injury (in the case of major muscle tears).

How Our Construction Accident Attorneys Can Help You

Working with an attorney will give you the peace of mind necessary to recover while the complicated legal matters are handled by experienced professionals. We will offer counsel every step of the way to ensure that you are able to make sound legal choices.

Contact the Attorneys of Golitko & Daly

For more information about your legal rights following a serious work injury, it's important that you contact our construction accident attorneys today. The lawyers of Golitko & Daly will address your concerns and answer any questions that you may have.

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