Recovering compensation for a soft tissue injury can be an uphill battle. Insurance companies are cynical, and the value of your pain and suffering is often subjective.
When you discuss personal injury accidents, one often imagines major trauma such as broken bones, lacerations, or even amputation. However, the truth is that most personal injury victims suffer from trauma that doesn’t always appear so outwardly obvious. This includes injuries like sprains, strains, and contusions—often called soft tissue injuries.
While these types of injuries may not be debilitating, that doesn’t mean your claim is any less valid than anyone else’s. An injured ligament or tendon in the knee can cause you to miss work, and the costs associated with medication, treatment, and rehabilitation can easily reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, the insurance company will always attempt to downplay the severity of any soft tissue injury. They know that pain and suffering claims are subjective in nature, and their sole job is to pay out as little as possible. At Montgomery Law, our job is to ensure that you get the money you deserve.
We know that the time after an accident can be overwhelming. That’s why we believe in making the claims process as simple as possible for our clients. We take all cases on a no-win no-fee basis, and we’re available by phone or email 24 hours a day to answer your questions. Call us today at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free) for a free consultation.
A soft tissue injury occurs when tissue (e.g., a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.) is torn or otherwise damaged. Soft tissue injuries can happen as the result of an acute impact (such as a slip and fall, sports injury, or car accident) but may also occur due to overuse.
Common examples of soft tissue injuries include:
- Sprains: The stretching or tearing of a ligament (e.g., whiplash).
- Strains: The stretching or tearing of muscles and/or tendons (e.g., ankle or knee strain).
- Contusions: Bruising (hematoma) often resulting in soreness.
While soft tissue injuries may seem relatively minor compared to other types of injuries (like fractures), they are often linked with serious, long-lasting symptoms, such as:
Many soft tissue injuries aren’t always immediately apparent. Symptoms can often take days to develop, which is why it’s important to seek medical treatment immediately after any accident. Recovering from a soft tissue injury often requires prompt medical treatment, rehabilitation, and plenty of rest. This can result in time away from work (lost wages), but our Dallas lawyers can make sure that you’re compensated for that as well.
Unlike other types of injuries, it can sometimes be difficult to conclusively prove the existence of a soft tissue injury—or that the injury is causing you substantial pain. While a broken bone can be seen on an x-ray, a muscle strain does not have a clear-cut diagnostic test to prove its existence. This gives many insurance companies a reason to blanket deny any soft tissue injury claims—or at the very least, to drastically limit compensation by arguing that the injury was nothing more than a minor inconvenience.
In reality, soft tissue injuries can be incredibly painful and may require extended medical treatment and rehabilitation to resolve. Some soft-tissue injuries may lead to more significant health conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS) or result in a permanent disability. The truth is that you likely won’t have a good understanding of the value of your claim until after you’ve completed medical treatment.
If you have questions about the value of your claim, discuss them with an experienced personal injury attorney. There are many factors that go into determining the value of any case, but the important thing to remember is that the burden of proof is always on you to prove your damages.
Although soft tissue injuries are often downplayed by insurance companies, our law firm understands the pain, suffering, and confusion that comes with any personal injury—big or small. At Montgomery Law, we’re highly skilled at advocating for the compensation that our clients truly deserve.
All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t charge you a fee unless (and until) we recover money for you. We offer free case evaluations by phone or email, and we’re available 24/7 at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free).