Millions of people suffer from soft tissue injuries each year; many of them are victims of minor car accidents. Soft tissue injuries, while often invisible to the naked eye, can inflict severe pain and disrupt a person’s everyday life. When seeking damages for a soft tissue injury incurred by a negligent driver, it’s crucial to document the injury carefully and keep an organized medical record.
Due to their nature, it may be more difficult to seek financial compensation for these injuries from your insurance provider or that of the at-fault party. While out-of-pocket expenses are relatively easy to calculate — you start a record of your injury and associated costs the moment you step foot in a doctor’s office following the crash — you might have trouble proving pain and suffering. If your soft tissue injury takes a significant toll on your life, you could benefit from working with an Orlando soft tissue injury attorney on your claim.
Soft tissues in the body include your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A soft tissue injury is simply a trauma to your skin, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Soft tissue injuries may come about through acute trauma or overuse of the damaged muscle, tendon, or ligament. In the case of a car accident, soft tissue injuries occur from acute trauma, which comes from a sudden and external force to the body.
Most soft tissue injuries don’t often take long to heal; however, when ignored, these injuries may develop complications. Examples of acute soft tissue injuries include:
Herniated discs that do not require surgery and whiplash may also be considered soft tissue injuries. These soft tissue injuries may be more severe than the ones listed above; therefore, they might necessitate the filing of a personal injury claim.
Generally, soft tissue injuries don’t cause as much harm as more severe injuries like broken bones, which is why it might be difficult to receive compensation from an insurance provider. Still, these injuries often result in considerable pain.
In a no-fault insurance state like Florida, drivers who sustain injuries or property damage must file a claim with their own insurance companies regardless of who was at fault. So, if you were hurt, you should file a claim with your insurance provider even if you did not cause the crash. You may fight to recover more funds when the costs of your injuries exceed your coverage. When this occurs, it’s usually beneficial to hire a soft tissue injury lawyer to fight the at-fault party’s insurance company for proper compensation.
When seeking compensation for a soft tissue injury, you will likely have the most trouble receiving a fair settlement for pain and suffering. An insurance adjuster or attorney typically has a go-to method of calculating pain and suffering called the “multiplier method.” Using a number from 1-5 as the multiplier, an adjuster would multiply the value of your out-of-pocket expenses or “economic losses” by this multiplier to determine the value of your pain and suffering.
Less severe injuries might receive a multiplier of 1 and 2, while life-altering injuries might justify a multiplier of 4 or 5. Realistically, soft tissue injuries fall in the 1-2 range for most adjusters. An attorney who has experience representing accident victims who suffered soft tissue injuries can provide an accurate estimate with details about your case.
Unfortunately, filing an insurance claim is rarely a quick endeavor. The claims process often takes several weeks to months and may take longer when fault for the accident is unclear. If this is the case, the other driver’s insurance company will likely offer a measly settlement or no settlement, which will extend the period you go without compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
When deciding whether to file a claim for a soft tissue injury, consider the injury’s impact on your everyday life. It may be worth seeking compensation for a whiplash injury that keeps you out of work for a few weeks, but maybe not for a less serious sprain that heals in a few days.
Settlements for soft tissue injuries vary widely; however, they may bring thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to accident victims. An attorney with the Umansky Law Firm can provide a reasonable figure.
At The Umansky Law Firm, our team of personal injury lawyers has over 100 years of combined experience helping car accident victims recover fair compensation for soft tissue injuries. Attorney William Umansky sits on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. His experience fighting for injury victims can be a boon to your case.
Discover how we can help you get proper compensation whether you are just starting the claims process or have had your personal injury claim denied. We’re available to help 24/7. Call or complete our contact form for a free consultation.
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