You have been injured in a car accident and sustained soft tissue injuries. However, the insurance company involved in your case believes that these are just “minor” injuries and you are worried that you won’t gain the compensation needed to receive treatment for these injuries that are causing you pain and suffering in your everyday life. Soft tissue injuries can sometimes be more than just a minor injury, and take many months to years to heal properly as such. This is why it is important to gather all the information you can relating to soft tissue injuries, and be prepared for your case.
Soft Tissue Injuries: What Are They?
A variety of soft tissue injuries can occur when you are involved in a car accident. Some of these include sprains, strains, and contusions to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They are acute in nature when they have happened due to sudden trauma, such as a car accident. Let’s take a look at just how severe these accidents can become: Sprains, for instance, are graded by severity. A Grade 1 sprain is slight stretching and some damage to the ligament. Grade 2 is moderate and is only a partial tearing of the ligament. However, Grade 3 sprains are a complete tear of the ligament, which makes the joint nonfunctional. The most severe sprains, in this case, can require surgery, which can leave a damper on your everyday life and be very costly in nature.
As you can see, sometimes a soft tissue injury will only take a matter of days or weeks to heal. However, others require the most treatment and can take a prolonged amount of time to heal perfectly, from a few months to a year or more. This is why these injuries should always be taken seriously and why it is important that you receive medical treatment immediately after your accident.
This brings us to another point: You don’t want to delay treatment after you have been injured. If you do, you may assume that nothing is wrong with your body, and end up with pain and swelling many weeks later due to the lack of treatment for a serious issue. Soft tissue injuries usually result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. What happens if you wait too long and then miss your chance to file a claim, only to find out that your whiplash was actually more serious than it let on? And now you will be struggling with a debilitating condition for the rest of your life? This is a situation you want to avoid.
How Soft Tissue Injuries Are Valued
If you have sustained a soft tissue injury that ended up costing hundreds to thousands in medical bills as you received treatment, as well as rehabilitation costs and more, you may wonder how you will be compensated. To determine the value of your case, a variety of factors will be considered, such as your prior injuries, wage loss accrued, the healthcare providers you used, medical expenses, the effect the injury has on your everyday living, and whether or not you are temporarily or permanently disabled. The credibility of your accident and a willingness of doctors to give their testimony could come in handy in your case.
Have you been involved in a car accident and sustained soft tissue injuries that have a major effect on your life? Has this led to medical treatment and now the bills are piling up as you try to figure out how you will pay? Then it’s time to speak to an attorney. At the Accident Law Group, we have experience in these cases and can help you every step of the way. Call us as soon as possible at 602-262-4254.