Soft tissue injuries are painful. They result from car crashes frequently. Soft tissue injuries might include whiplash, sprains, strains, injured tendons and ligaments, and injured muscles. Sometimes soft tissue injuries might require extensive physical and occupational therapy, or surgical intervention.
If you can prove the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you can receive compensation through a personal injury claim against the liable party. An accident injury attorney can help you with the claims process.
Soft Tissue Injury Will Have Lasting Effects
Soft tissue injuries can have differing effects for different timespans. While some soft tissue injuries are short-term, others have lasting effects. If your soft tissue injuries are long-term, they might be classified as catastrophic.
When described anatomically, soft tissue refers to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons throughout the body. There are 850 muscles in a human body and each is attached to bones by tendons. Ligaments are also another way bones are connected to one another and to cartilage.
Sometimes a soft tissue injury can lead to chronic numbness, chronic pain, limited mobility, loss of functioning, and limited muscle strength. These injuries will lead to mounting medical bills and the loss of wages. Some signs of a catastrophic soft tissue injury might include severe pain around the joint or bone structure, a cracking sound when injured, pins and needles sensations, and the inability to put weight on the affected limb.
Determining the Other Driver’s Liability for the Crash That Caused Soft Tissue Injury
When you have suffered soft tissue injuries in an accident, you can pursue compensation for your losses by pursuing a personal injury claim against the liable party. In some cases, proving fault or liability might be obvious. At other times, it could be more challenging and difficult. You will need to maintain documentation and evidence to support your claim.
Supporting evidence includes an accident report, copies of medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, photos of the injuries, photos of damages, and photos of the accident scene. Eyewitness statements and other supporting documentation can also help you show that the other driver was to blame. There are four elements of negligence, and if all four elements are proven, you will have a successful personal injury claim for your soft tissue injuries.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If an auto accident has left you with lingering soft tissue injuries, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. You will want a lawyer who is licensed to practice in your state. That way, the attorney is familiar with the state laws and can help you file all the necessary documents in a timely manner.
If the claim advances to court, your attorney can represent you before the judge. You will not have any upfront costs because personal injury attorneys take cases on the contingency basis. Your lawyer will not be compensated until you get a settlement or a judgment for your damages. Get your Free Case Evaluation today.