A soft tissue injury is generally trauma that occurs to muscles, tendons, or ligaments in a hyperextension whiplash accident. Many soft tissue injuries happen as a result of sudden or unexpected movements, such as being whipped backwards, stepping awkwardly, playing sports, or being involved in a car accident.
The fast and sudden change in direction that is associated with a car accident causes a reaction in the body known as muscle spasm, which is involuntary muscle contractions. The body reacts to the violent forces motion causes excessive movement of a joint in one direction in certain muscle groups, the nervous system can go into fight or flight shock, and the ligaments become more relaxed to handle the impact. So, while not nearly as severe as broken bones or a brain injury, soft tissue damage can be painful, stressful, and difficult to overcome.
When you hear the word “soft,” you may assume that the injury is minor, minimal, or overblown. But a soft tissue injury is much more serious than a minor injury and can lead to complications if not addressed.
Other than your word, there is no hard proof that you have suffered a soft tissue injury. This is just the reality of the situation, but it’s not the end of the road. You are simply faced with a larger burden than others when it comes to proving your injuries and medical treatment.
A personal injury attorney that handles car accident cases should be experienced handling soft tissue injury claims. Countless number of factors go into determining the value of your case, and as explained above, soft tissue injury cases are usually met with suspicion by the insurance company for the following reasons:
• Lack of objective evidence. It goes without saying that the most important evidence in a car accident case is medical records. These records establish proof of your injury, outline the treatment you have received, and how much you have suffered due to the accident. The medical treatment evidence may establish important facts that help determine the value of your case. With soft tissue injuries, the insurance company will attempt to discredit your injuries in a number of ways. They will say the injury isn’t serious, that you were injured in some other way, or that your pain is made up. With advances in medical technology such as CT-scan, X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tools, giving objective evidence is as simple as having the right tests done.
The right lawyer can help you bolster your case by helping you to document your injuries, how the injuries have affected your life and what treatment is necessary to overcome the injuries. If your injuries are well-documented and the case is strong, the insurance company will have a difficult time ignoring or denying your claim.
Soft tissue injuries are a broad category, and the value of a case varies greatly. What one person received in settlement money may be much different from what you may receive, based on a long list of factors that can vary unpredictably from case to case. Achieving the maximum settlement value depends on the specifc facts of the individual case.
The average payout for soft tissue injuries follows the same basic calculation formula, as victims are looking for maximum money compensation for the following types of damages:
Your claim for soft tissue injury damages will also be affected by how much you were at fault in the accident. If you were partially or mostly at fault for the collision, an adjuster will likely lower your settlement offer to reflect your responsibility for the accident. If the other driver was admittewd to being totally at fault, you should not have to be concerned about your settlement being impacted because of your own actions or inactions.
The following are actual real life examples of soft tissue injury settlements from the attorneys at Bloomfield Hills-based Dedvukaj Law Firm:
Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the specifics of your soft tissue injury claim to get a better idea of what your injuries are worth.
Your soft tissue injuries are unique, and the services of the right personal injury attorney can make the difference in receiving just a couple hundred dollars, and potentially thousands. Unfortunatekt, there is no “settlement calculator” that exists that can accurately predict 100% of your accident claim. There are simply too many variables that can affect the outcome of a personal injury case.
The Joseph Dedvukaj personal injury law firm handles soft tissue cases and offers free consultations or case evaluations. There is no fee or upfront cost to speak with accident attorneys at the Joseph Dedvukaj Firm about the specifics of your case, your legal options, determine your claim value, your injuries, and the next steps in your recovery process.
If you have suffered any soft tissue injury damage in an accident and are trying to get a settlement from the responsible insurance company, here are some important guidelines to keep in mind:
Injuries to the body’s “soft” areas are classified as soft tissue injuries. When a ligament, tendon or muscle is injured in a car accident, doctors, chiropractors, insurance adjusters and lawyers will likely refer to it as a soft tissue injury.
The following are the most common types of soft tissue injuries:
The most common symptoms that signal that soft tissue damage has occurred range depending on the injury. Victims may experience a stiff neck, neck, or back pain, as well as memory loss and a lack of concentration. It’s important that you see a medical professional immediately after an accident to get a full diagnosis, as there might be underlying more serious injuries.
In general, soft tissue injuries cause pain, discomfort, soreness, bruising, swelling and stiffness. It may be disappointing to learn that there is very little a physician can do to relieve these symptoms, as they can greatly impact a victim’s activities of daily living and quality of life.
Depending on the severity of the crash, accident victims may feel these symptoms immediately after the collision, or the pain may not be felt for days or weeks after the incident. Every injury is different, and only a medical professional with the help of X-rays and other imaging can determine the full scope of your injuries and make sure something more serious isn’t present.
Once you have seen a medical professional to determine the severity of your soft tissue injuries, they may direct you to use the R.I.C.E. treatment method. The plan is simply used to alleviate many symptoms of soft tissue damage and allow healing. The acronym RICE stands for the following:
If you are unable to put weight on the injury or there is an unusual amount of pain or swelling, there can be a more serious issue damage than is obvious to the naked eye. After a car accident, it’s best to have a full examination at the hospital.
A chiropractor can develop a treatment plan designed to target the injury and get you back feeling better. Therapists will also teach you exercises to gain back range of motion, flexibility, strength, and balance.
How Long Does it Take for a Soft Tissue Injury to Heal?
Your reecovery time cannot be known, as factors such as age, health, and occupation influence how quickly you will be back to full health. The following are general level of soft tissue severity:
Can Soft Tissue Damage be Permanent?
Accidents that leave victims with soft tissue damage are generally regarded as less severe than other accidents, but the effects of the injuries can be felt for a long time.
Contusions (internal bruising) mean blood pools around an injury site. In some instances severe contusions can lead to permanent soft tissue damage. And when bones and muscles are supported by soft tissue (tendons, ligaments) that is damaged, a person may suffer decreased functioning in their hands, arms, and legs.
Receiving prompt medical care after an accident can go a long way toward identifying potential long-term issues and treating those soft tissue injuries. A failure to receive treatment can cause soft tissue injuries to develop into permanent and more serious injuries.
A herniated disc injury is considered a soft tissue injury. A herniated disc is a disc located in between the vertebrae in the spine that ruptures due to trauma. This allows the jelly-like center of the disc to leak out, irritating or pinching the nearby nerves. This can cause sciatica or back pain.
Herniated discs are quite common in car accidents due to the sudden and severe impact of the crash. The unnatural movement associated with being suddenly forced in a direction can wreak havoc on a person’s back and neck, leaving them with complications and a potentially grueling road to recovery.
To access the best resources available and get the most money for your soft tissue damage and determine whether a lawsuit is viable, seek the counsel of an experienced injury attorney.
Dedvukaj Law Firm attorney Joseph Dedvukaj has over 27 years of experience representing victims of auto accidents in Michigan. He has helped recover hundreds of millions for his clients and has the knowledge and financial resources to properly investigate and win your case.
For a free case evaluation at Dedvukaj Law Law Firm, call 248-352-2110, or toll free at 866-HIRE-JOE to get started.