Soft tissue injuries are those involving supporting, non-bony parts of the body – typically, the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Common injuries caused by direct trauma include sprains and strains from severe stretching and contusions or bruises from a blow.
These injuries typically result in pain, bruising, swelling and loss of use that can be treated with ice packs, rest, bandaging, and elevation. In cases where you can’t move normally or if you still have pain and swelling for several days, then you should seek medical treatment.
In a car accident, your body can be subjected to a variety of forces that inflict direct trauma as the impact and/or braking throws you around. Consequently, many people who’ve been in an accident experience soft tissue injuries.
Hopefully, the injuries are minor and can be treated as described above. But, a problem with soft tissue injury is that you may not know you’re injured until long after the accident and there’s potential for very serious injury should you suffer internal bleeding.
You may have heard auto accident victims relate how they really didn’t feel much pain until the next day. This can result from an accident victim’s adrenaline flowing, masking symptoms and keeping you from detecting injuries that are not visible. It may take days for car accident victims to even begin feeling effects from the crash, which can make an insurance company doubt the validity of your claim.
To make sure that your claim is handled properly, you need to hire a lawyer. The Heuser & Heuser law firm has successfully pursued claims for people along the Front Range, including Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Pikes Peak, as well as the Arkansas Valley.
Never assume by the lack of immediate symptoms that you are uninjured. Go see a doctor right away. In fact, your Heuser & Heuser legal team can help you arrange medical care and keep up with your records.
While injuries such as broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions, and many others can be tangibly detected and displayed, others are not. Leaving some injuries untreated can lead to serious complications and, depending on the injury, costly long-term treatment.
Insurance companies try to settle claims for as little as possible and they will downplay your injuries in order to pay you less for your treatment. Adjusters will try to get you to accept a monetary settlement even while you’re still at the accident scene, well before you know the extent of your injuries. To learn more, see our page on insurance adjusters tactics.
Your Heuser & Heuser legal team knows how to deal with adjusters, and with more than 50 years of combined legal experience and thousands of soft tissue injury cases, our attorneys know what you can expect to recover for your injuries, property damage, lost wages, and other costs.
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A common form of soft tissue injury from a car crash is whiplash, which occurs when a person in a car is hit from behind. The accident victim’s head will snap forward and then back again. Because the average adult head weighs between 8 and 12 pounds, its snapping back and forth exerts considerable strain on the neck.
The resulting whiplash can lead to a range of serious conditions, including chronic pain, joint dysfunction, and herniated discs of the spine.
Whiplash symptoms can include neck pain and stiffness, burning sensations, headache, shoulder and back pain, and dizziness. Some sufferers also report fatigue, memory loss, nervousness, and depression. If untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic disabilities.
Another problem faced by car accident victims with whiplash or other soft tissue injuries is having to prove they are really hurt. With few exceptions, soft tissue injuries cannot be objectively proven nor discredited.
Typically, proof of injury is made through medical records that show exam results, the accident victim’s complaints, and expert testimony. Even for accidents where the other driver is clearly at fault, victims who must take their case to trial have no guarantee they will recover sufficient damages.
Because there is rarely definitive medical proof of soft tissue injuries, insurance companies may deny a claim outright or make a ridiculously low offer to settle.
Experienced personal injury attorneys like Heuser & Heuser know how to deal with insurance companies. We know how to prepare the strongest case for you, gathering medical records and other documentation necessary for negotiations.
With thousands of cases successfully resolved, the Heuser & Heuser staff knows how much you can expect to receive for most injuries. We keep you informed of your case’s progress and discuss options with you.
Above all, we will make sure that you can get what you need to get your life back to normal.
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