Broken bones. Spinal cord damage. Head trauma. It’s these types of injuries that come to mind when you think about car accidents. But there’s another kind that often gets overlooked – the deceptively mild-sounding “soft tissue” injury, which in actuality can be extremely serious and surprisingly painful. Soft tissue connects, supports, or surrounds other bodily structures and encompasses ligaments, fascia, tendons, skin, fat, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Damage to soft tissue can range from mild discomfort to agonizing spasms that require extensive time to heal. While soft tissue injuries are exceedingly common in vehicle accidents, they may also result from work accidents, slip and fall accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
KY soft tissue injury lawyer Billy Johnson believes that those who cause harm to others should be held accountable for their actions. The damages available in a soft tissue claim can include compensation for physical therapy, medical bills, lost income due to time away from work, impaired capacity to do future work, and emotional distress. If you sustained a soft tissue injury due to someone else’s negligent behavior, you should speak with a Pike County injuries attorney about filing a claim.
The neck, back, arms, and legs are common parts of the body that are injured in car crashes. Even at low speeds, the impact of a collision can result in severe strain or sprain. The force from the abrupt movement puts unnatural stress on the body and can be particularly dangerous for the neck and back. The direction in which the victim’s head is facing, the position of the headrest, and the point of contact between the vehicles are all factors that can affect the severity of the injury. For example, the energy from a rear-end hit is transferred to the body and absorbed, jolting the neck and causing torn ligaments, pulled muscles, nerve damage, and more.
Unlike a broken bone or a burn, soft tissue injuries do not always definitively appear on diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. They can involve abstract symptoms such as inflammation, pain, tingling, headaches, dizziness, and stiffness, which may not be felt for hour or days after the accident. The formation of scar tissue can cause pain even after the initial injury has healed, one of several long-term effects for which victims have a right to be compensated.
Because soft tissue injuries are harder to diagnose, they are often undervalued or completely dismissed by insurance companies as exaggerated or bogus claims. While there are always disingenuous individuals, the majority of people who seek compensation for a soft tissue injury have experienced real harm, real medical bills, real time away from work, real pain while recovering. Insurers often do not make fair settlement offers, relying on the assumption that many people will simply accept whatever amount is offered. They also tend to delay as long as possible, capitalizing on the hope that the claimant will get tired of waiting and settle for less than the case is worth.
A surefire way to get their attention is to file a lawsuit. That will prompt the insurer to investigate your claim, which typically results in a fair settlement offer upon determination of legitimacy. Legal help may also be necessary for purposes of proving your claim. A personal injury attorney knows what kind of evidence is needed to prove your claim, such as retaining a medical expert who can identify your injuries and pinpoint the accident as the cause.
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury because of someone else’s reckless or careless behavior, you need an experienced attorney to effectively represent your interests. At the Johnson Law Firm, our Pikeville muscle injury lawyers handle personal injury cases in Eastern Kentucky and statewide. Our founder, Billy Johnson, has been named a Super Lawyer by U.S. News & World Report as well as an American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 trial lawyer and he is a proud member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. He has made it his life’s work to help people throughout Kentucky and is a proven advocate with over 15 years of experience. It’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured in an accident, because any delay can cause critical evidence to be lost and make it harder to prove fault. You need your own investigative team working to secure the evidence needed to prove your claim. To get our team started immediately on your behalf, contact us today for a free, no-obligation case review. Fill out this evaluation form or give us a call at 606-433-0682.