Soft Tissue Injuries

Whiplash/Injuries to the Spine, RSD/CRPS, Rotator Cuff,
Knee Tendons/Ligament, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder

Soft tissue injuries are caused by direct or indirect trauma to the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules (the sac surrounding a joint). These injuries are often difficult to diagnose and treat and can lead to painful, long lasting, and in some cases, permanent symptoms and limitation of function.


Motor vehicle accidents and other jarring incidents, 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 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.

Insurance claims involving soft tissue injuries can be complex and often require legal advice to see proper compensation. ICBC often downplays soft tissue injuries, particularly whiplash. There is a common misunderstanding that whiplash is nothing more than sore neck muscles, when in fact, it can 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.

ICBC has settlement guidelines for soft tissue injuries that are capped at $15,000 for damages and pain and suffering, also known as “non-pecuniary damages”. British Columbia courts are not bound by ICBC’s guidelines, and in fact, courts have awarded over $100,000 for more serious soft tissue injuries which result in chronic or long term pain and limitations.

MacIsaac & 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 MacIsaac & Company has represented clients for include:

  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal disc related injuries
  • Bursitis/tendonitis
  • Bruises/contusions/hematoma
  • Dislocations
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears and “frozen shoulder”
  • Nerve damage
  • Thoracic outlet injury
  • Strains and sprains
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
  • Aggravation of pre-existing soft tissue complaints
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy and complex regional pain syndrome (RSD/CRPS)