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Leg strains can require surgery in severe cases

Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to a host of injuries. While some people might not think that leg strains are serious, they can actually cause more issues than what you might realize. There are some cases in which a leg strain can require that the victim has to take time off work.

Leg strains are graded according to the severity of the injury. There are three grades of leg strains. Grade I is the least serious and grade III is the most serious.

A grade I leg strain means that only a few muscle fibers are torn or stretched. This is associated with mild pain, but typically isn't life-altering.

A grade II leg strain means that muscle fibers are torn to a greater degree than in a grade I leg strain. This type of leg strain is associated with severe pain. Bruising might occur at the site of the leg strain.

A grade III leg strain means that either the muscle has torn into two pieces or that the muscle has detached from the tendon. This injury is associated with loss of muscle function. The pain is severe and the area is likely going to be swollen and bruised.

Ice, heat, rest, pain medications and similar treatments are usually necessary for leg strains. In grade II or III injuries, the victim might have to take time off of work if his or her job duties require prolonged standing or lifting. A grade III injury would require surgical repair, which adds another layer of problems to the injury.

People who suffer severe leg sprains, especially a grade III sprain, might choose to seek compensation from the party who was responsible with keeping the premises in good condition. This might help to cover lost wages, surgical expenses and other medical care costs.

Source: Drugs.com, "Leg Strain," accessed May 19, 2017

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