San Bernardino Muscle Strain Injury Lawyers
The San Bernardino California muscle strain injury attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have been there for their clients for over thirty years who have had pulled, torn or strained their muscles. If you have a strained muscle, call our injury law firm for a free initial consultation and case evaluation regardless of whether you strained your muscle while at the gym exercising, working, playing sports or at home.
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Getting both timely medical help and legal help are very important for your overall recovery. It is critical that you have injury lawyers guiding you from the beginning who know how to protect your rights and maximize your possible compensation. Call (909) 436-4610 today so our personal injury and work injury law firm can start helping you.
Defined: Muscle Strain Injury
The average person probably calls a muscle strain a muscle tear or a pulled muscle. We get muscle strains when an excessive or sudden amount of force or pressure is directed onto muscles which cause damage or tearing of the muscle fibers and surrounding tendons. The sudden overuse of a muscle is rather painful. This injury occurs when someone is working, playing sports, lifting heavy objects, exercising, doing daily chores and during many other activities. A very typical example of a muscle strain is an athlete trying to change directions too quickly and pulling their hamstring.
Signs to Get Help Immediately
Professionals will tell you to always ask for medical help and guidance when you’ve been injured and you’re in a lot of pain. Doctors strongly suggest you seek help if you are experiencing any of the following: If you heard a “pop” or “popping” sound when you sustained the injury, or if there is a high fever, you cannot walk or you have a lot of pain, significant swelling, or open wounds.
Causes for Muscle Strain Injuries
People strain their muscles all the time and they do it in all sorts of ways. Over thirty years, we have seen almost every type of scenario for muscle strains. The following is a list of the more common causes for muscle pulls or muscle strains that we have seen: auto/car accidents, defective products, on the job accidents, sports injuries (especially tennis, wrestling, football, soccer, and track and field), walking or running on an uneven surface, weight lifting too quickly or too intensely, slip and fall injuries, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian/crosswalk accidents, construction site accidents, work injuries, and trying to stop your body’s motion too quickly or awkwardly.
Work Injury: Muscle Strain
Pulling a muscle while working is rather easy to do. This is especially true since jobs in the United States are becoming more sedentary every year. The long day of mostly sitting contributes to our muscles being tight and not well stretched. It may surprise you to know that muscle strains, pulls and tears occur so frequently around the country that they are the second most common work injury. The most typical ways people pull their muscles while on the job are: falling, improperly using farm, construction or factor equipment, lifting heavy objects, not using proper body mechanics, tripping, and stopping, twisting or rotating too quickly. Our work injury law firm has extensive experience with workers’ compensation as well as personal injury cases for muscle strain injuries. The San Bernardino work injury lawyers of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo want you to focus on healing as they focus on you and your case.
Muscle Strain vs Ligament Sprain
Strains and sprains are often used incorrectly as many people do not know the difference. Strains refer to tears in our muscles and tendons. Sprains refer to injuries that occur to our ligaments. Ligaments connect bones to bones.
Muscle Strains: Common Examples
The most common examples of torn muscles, muscle strains, and pulled muscles are: pulled backs, lower back muscle strain, Achilles tendon tear, abs (abdominal) muscle strains, tearing the rotator cuff, hamstring muscle strain, calf muscle strain, leg muscle strain, quads (quadriceps) muscle strain, knee (or plantaris) muscle strain, chest muscle strain, groin pull or muscle strain, bicep muscle strain, and arm muscle strain. The majority of these injuries are common for people who play sports professional, regularly and especially those who play infrequently.
Grades of Muscle Strains
Muscle strains are now given a grade based mainly on how badly the muscle fibers have been stretched or torn. Grade 1 muscle strains actually do not affect the strength or functionality of the muscle as not many muscle fibers have been overstretched and the pain for the injured person is mild. Grade 2 muscle strains unfortunately cause much more pain than Grade 1 muscle strains. The patient is also definitely aware of some loss of the injured muscle’s strength. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are further symptoms of Grade 2. The discoloration and swelling symptoms are more severe with Grade 3 injuries as the muscles have been fully torn. In most cases, the muscle loses its ability to move due to the complete tear.
Muscle Strains: Treatment
Be sure to call your doctor after suffering a pulled or strained muscle to discuss your options and the right treatment for you. Using X-ray machines and other diagnostic devises, your doctor should be able to determine whether or not there was any damage to the surrounding bones and get a better idea of what happened internally. Surgery is possible for the more severe types of these injuries. Many muscle strain injuries are just treated with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and anti-inflammatory medication (but be sure to speak with your doctor).
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
We can schedule your free initial consultation and case evaluation right now as we always have the phone lines open. During that meeting, you will speak with one of our injury attorneys to discuss your case, get your questions answered and learn what a possible case would like going forward. We work for all of our clients on a contingency basis. This means you only pay us if we win your case. Additionally, that means that we are all motivated toward the same goal of getting you a positive trial verdict or settlement.
The San Bernardino muscle strains injury attorneys want to make this as easy on you as possible. That means if you cannot come to us, we will come to you at your home or your own hospital room. We are available to meet during Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm and we will also meet you, by appointment, on Saturdays, Sundays and in the evening.
Law Firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo
San Bernardino, California
Phone number: (909) 436-4610
Preventing Muscle Strain
Muscle strains happen in an instant but they can have lasting effects. The best ways to prevent them includes starting your workout, exercise or sport slowly with a warm-up and then stretching, staying in shape, and being mindful to use proper form all the time while running, lifting weights, turning your body or playing sports.