Soft Tissue Injury
Soft tissue injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are common injuries after car accidents. Insurance companies often doubt the existence and severity of soft tissue injuries since they are not visible, like broken bones.
Even though they are treated with skepticism, soft tissue injuries can be debilitating.
Common Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury. Researchers evaluating German traffic data found that more than 90% of whiplash injuries result from rear-end crashes at speeds slower than 15 miles an hour. Some other common types of soft tissue injuries include:
- Contusions. A contusion is an injury caused by a blunt force strike, like a bruise. Most people are familiar with bruises as minor injuries, which are caused by blood leaking from a broken blood vessel. After an accident, contusions can signal serious damage.
- Sprains. A sprain is a partially torn ligament, usually caused by a twist or torque. Sprains are common in the ankles, knees, and wrists.
- Bursitis. Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions the space between tendons and bones or muscles. It can be caused by direct trauma to a joint.
Since soft tissue injuries occur in connective tissue, one injured area can sometimes cause a “domino effect” by pulling on other muscles, tendons, and ligaments to which it’s connected.
Depending on the type of injury, treatment for minor soft tissue injuries includes:
- Compression, and
- Elevation of the injured area
If a patient fails to respond to conservative “RICE” treatment, they may be prescribed more aggressive interventions.
But treatment for more severe soft tissue injuries, or compound injuries, often requires surgery or long-term physical therapy. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to rehabilitate a soft tissue injury back to normal. Some soft tissue injuries linger for the rest of a person’s life after an accident.
If you’ve experienced a soft tissue injury after a car accident, you should seek legal advice. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Brian White & Associates are ready to talk to you about your case 24/7.
What Causes Soft Tissue Injuries?
Soft tissue injuries can be a consequence of any type of traumatic incident, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- And more
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident in Houston, TX, we can help you work to secure a full financial recovery.
If you were hurt on the job, you might qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you were injured in an accident outside of the workplace, or if your employer doesn’t subscribe to a workers’ comp insurance policy, we can help you determine who might be liable for your medical bills, lost income, and suffering through a third-party claim.
What Compensation is Available for Soft Tissue Injuries?
Your legal damages, and the value of your personal injury claim, depends greatly on the extent of your injuries. Should you choose to take advantage of our free consultation, we can help determine the full scope of your injuries. Some damages that may be available to those who have suffered soft tissue injuries include:
- Property loss and rental car reimbursement. If your vehicle is damaged, you can recover the funds needed to repair or replace it. You may also be able to recover reimbursement for a rental car used while your car is being repaired.
- Expenses for medical diagnosis and treatment. Since soft tissue injuries are not apparent to the naked eye, like broken bones, diagnosis can be complicated and costly.
- Prescription medication and physical therapy or rehabilitation costs. Prescription drug prices in the U.S. are higher than most other countries and meds can add up fast if you’re dealing with long-term pain. Many soft tissue injuries are treated with physical therapy appointments multiple times per week.
- If you miss work due to your injury, lost wages. Soft tissue injuries can sideline an employee for days, weeks, or months. We can help you recover your lost wages.
- Pain and suffering. Damages from pain and suffering can be significant, but can also be some of the most difficult to prove.
Of course, to win the compensation an injured victim deserves, their damages have to be proven. The legal team at Brian White & Associates knows how to prove soft tissue injury damages to recover full compensation for our clients.
How Long Do I Have to Seek Compensation for a Soft Tissue Injury?
In Texas, the statute of limitations, or deadline, to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the injury. If a lawsuit is not filed by the last day of the statute of limitations, the right to sue is lost forever.
While the statute of limitations does not apply to filing an insurance claim, if you have been injured, it is to your benefit to contact an attorney about your legal options as soon as possible after the injury. Once the insurance company knows that a personal injury lawsuit is no longer an option, it is much more difficult to negotiate a fair settlement.
Our work to build our clients’ cases often takes time. For this reason, it is in your best interest to contact our office for your free consultation today.
What If I’m Blamed For My Soft Tissue Injury?
If you think you may be at fault for your accident, you may be hesitant to contact an attorney. You may think that because of your carelessness or negligence, you are not owed compensation. That’s not always true!
In Texas, liability is dealt with under comparative negligence rules. First, an injured person must prove that another party was partially responsible for the accident. A determination is made about how responsible each party is for the crash and percentages of responsibility are assigned.
Then, the injured person’s damages are reduced by their percentage of the liability. For example, if you are 25% at fault, you will only receive compensation for 75% of the damages you incurred. A party with 25% responsibility for $400,000 in losses will only recover $300,000 under comparative negligence.
It’s important to note that Texas has a 51% bar to recovery. This means that you can share some – but not most – of the blame for your injury if you want to recover compensation. Once your share of the blame exceeds 50 percent, you lose the right to secure a financial award.
Contact our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Have you suffered from a soft tissue injury after an accident in Houston, Texas?
You may be entitled to recover compensation for your property loss, medical expenses, and lost wages. The experienced Houston personal injury lawyers at Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C., can help you fight for every dime you deserve.
When you call Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C., here’s what you can expect:
- We manage all parts of your case, from beginning to end, and keep you informed along the way
- We work with the foremost experts in Texas
- We gather evidence to document your injuries, including medical records and physician testimony, when necessary
- We establish cause, fault, and liability, and use that knowledge to hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries
- We defend our clients when the insurance companies inevitably blame our clients for their own injuries
- We negotiate with the insurance companies and do what it takes to bring about financial recovery
To begin the process of a financial recovery, contact our Houston car accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation and legal consultation.