Car accidents are always unique. Depending on the circumstances involved,
car wrecks can result in all types of outcomes, from occupants walking
away unscathed to victims paying the ultimate and most tragic price. When
injuries occur, personal injury law provides victims and families will
the opportunity to hold an at-fault party accountable for causing a preventable
crash, as well as financially liable for the injuries and damages victims suffer.
When it comes to car accident cases, victims have a right to pursue a personal
injury claim if they suffered damages. While it is clear to many that
a personal injury claim is warranted in cases involving serious harm such
as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or spinal cord damage, others
may not be sure of their rights when they suffer soft tissue injuries.
Although soft tissue injuries may not be as visible nor as severe as some
other types of injuries, they certainly have the potential to result in
significant pain, impairment, and conditions that make daily life a challenge.
Because of this, victims should always take soft tissue injuries seriously,
seek medical attention after a wreck, and work with experienced lawyers
who can help them protect their right to compensation.
At Roman & Gaynor, we have helped many victims who suffered all types
of injuries in preventable
car accidents, including a number of various soft tissue injuries. Having worked with
these victims and their families as they navigated their recoveries, we
know full well that soft tissue injuries have the potential to greatly
impact the lives and wellbeing of victims. This is why we always stress
the importance of taking them seriously.
If you or someone you love has suffered soft tissue injuries in a traffic
collision, here are a few important things to know.
Soft tissue injuries can range widely – Soft tissue injuries refer to a range of injuries that are more
than superficial cuts alone, and can affect muscles, tendons, nerves,
and ligaments. These types of injuries typically result from sudden impact
forces, such as those that occur during car wrecks, that cause uncontrolled
movement, often unnaturally or with excessive force. Even if no broken
bones or other serious injuries occur, soft tissue injuries can in and
of themselves be very severe, such as in the case of torn muscles, tendons,
Symptoms don’t tell the whole story – Soft tissue injuries are generally not visible, but may result
in initial swelling. Additional symptoms include pain, impaired mobility,
and instability that prevents a victim from leading a normal life. It
is important to remember that symptoms do not always indicate the severity
of an injury, which is why medical attention is critical. A doctor may
be able to determine a serious condition that requires treatment as the
underlying cause of your pain, even if you felt it was not serious.
Seek medical attention – Soft tissue injuries may not present themselves until sometime
passes after an accident. When symptoms do arise, they may also not speak
to how severe a condition may be, may not indicate all types of injuries
a victim has suffered, or may become progressively worse and aggravated
over time when left untreated. Because of this, victims should always
seek medical evaluations for their injuries, as doctors can discuss treatment
options, including serious medical intervention when necessary. Seeing
a doctor as soon as possible after a wreck not only ensures that you obtain
treatment for an injury, but also provides documentation of your injuries
that can be used during a personal injury claim. Commonly, insurance providers
will capitalize on victims who wait to seek medical attention, as they
will state that it shows a victim was not really injured, even if they
were in pain the whole time.
Recoveries – Recovering from soft tissue injuries will depend on the type of
injury suffered and its severity. Often, injuries to muscles, tendons,
and ligaments take time to heal, especially if surgery is required or
if an injury occurs to a certain part of the body, such as the knee. Soft
tissue injuries are known for causing chronic and persistent pain, which
can also lengthen recoveries. Some recoveries can take months, and can
seriously limit the ability to victims to engage in gainful employment
or even meet the demands of daily life.
Your Rights – After suffering a soft tissue injury in an auto accident, you
should understand that you have the right to pursue compensation for your
injury and related damages from the at fault party. These damages include
the cost of your medical care, any lost wages caused by missing work,
and your pain and suffering, among other damages. While you have this
right, it can be difficult to recover compensation on your own, especially
as insurance companies are quick to deny claims and will do whatever they
can to minimize payouts. You can protect yourself and your right to compensation
by working with a proven lawyer.
Due to the nature of soft tissue injuries and their potential for having
a significant short- and long-term impact on the lives of victims, you
should always be intent on seeking medical attention following an accident
and injury – even if you feel you are fine, are leery of going to
the doctor, or think you can tough it out. Medical evaluations should
also be sought as soon as possible after a wreck. When you wait or don’t
seek treatment, you put your health at risk, and can make it challenging
for you to recover compensation should you choose to pursue a personal
Roman & Gaynor has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for
injured victims throughout Clearwater and the surrounding areas of Florida.
If you or someone you love has suffered soft tissue injuries or any other
type of injury in a motor vehicle accident, do not wait to get in touch
with our award-winning legal team. Our attorneys can review your case
personally, discuss whether you may have a valid case for financial compensation,
and explain what we can do to help ensure you receive the medical treatment
and positive outcome you deserve. We are committed to maximizing compensation
in every case we handle.
To speak with a Clearwater car accident lawyer from our firm during a FREE
contact Roman & Gaynor today.