If you’ve been involved in an accident, legal and medical experts recommend that you do some research first hidden injuries. After ruling out head, neck, and back trauma, look for any mild uncomfortable pain or swelling that you may also notice. These are not serious injuries that require immediate attention, but rather permanent soft tissue injuries that can cause severe long-term damage if left unattended.
What are permanent soft tissue injuries?
Soft tissue injuries are damage to tendons, ligaments, or muscles caused by overuse or sudden trauma. Think of ankle sprains, calf strains, and tennis elbow.
Soft tissue injuries fall into two basic categories: acute injuries and overuse injuries.
- Acute injuries such as sprains, twists, and bruises are caused by a sudden trauma such as B. a fall, a twist or a blow to the body.
- Overuse injuries occur gradually when an athletic activity is repeated without the affected part of the body being adequately relieved or resting. Tendonitis and bursitis are common injuries caused by overuse of the soft tissue.
The recovery time for soft tissue injuries can vary from 1 week to a few months depending on factors such as the severity of the injury, the person’s age, fitness level, occupation, etc. It is important to avoid heat, alcohol, and other physical stress (such as pressure) a massage) in the first 48 hours to avoid increased swelling and long-term damage.
Can I file a serious soft tissue injury lawsuit?
Yes, but be warned, soft tissue injuries are complicated to prove. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that they are not easily seen. It may take days to feel a slight throbbing pain in an ankle or elbow.
Once implemented, these injuries are difficult to prove and specifically to be associated with the accident. For example, if there is a bone injury, a quick x-ray scan can show the degree of the injury. Doing the same for a swollen ankle is impossible. Insurance companies the other party usually ask for medical history to prove certain pre-existing conditions to lessen the severity of the case. Coupled with the lack of evidence, there is enough history of fraud to warn insurance companies not to heed such claims. It is known that many people fake sprains, strains, whiplash, and other soft tissue damage in order to make money from minor accidents. All of this has led insurance companies to tighten their approval processes and make it harder to file soft tissue injury claims.
After all, it is extremely difficult to assess both the economic and non-economic loss of such an injury. Sometimes a multiplier is used to determine the noneconomic losses related to economic losses such as medical bills, lost wages, etc. Then there is also the scenario of fully comprehensive insurance.
What is comprehensive insurance?
No fault insurance means that in the event of a minor accident, your own insurance company will cover some of your medical costs and opportunity costs, regardless of who was to blame. Currently through a Dozen states In the US, you are following a version of the no-fault law that requires car owners to have “personal insurance”, or PIP, for future no-fault situations.
So in accident situations in these states, You can only file a liability claim or a personal injury claim against the culpable driver if your Medical bills exceed a threshold set by your state. There are a number of expectations that your state has of working with your insurer. The refusal can result in the insurer rejecting your claim.
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Greathouse Law has been dealing with damage claims for accidents in Greater Atlanta for nearly a decade, offering free consultations to determine the merits of your case and provide you with the opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit. You can answer case-specific questions like
- What would be a fair solution for a minor soft tissue injury?
- Is soft tissue damage permanent?
- What are the local automotive laws for the state of Georgia and what is my best legal action in an accident?
- What is my claim worth?
If you are concerned about not getting proper legal advice in and around Atlanta, to reach to the lawyer Riah Greathouse and schedule a face-to-face interaction to understand your chances of winning. Even if insurance companies try to dissuade you from filing a full claim, our personal injury law expertise can help you get the results and compensation you deserve.