Soft tissue injury cases can be challenging to take to trial and achieve a fair settlement from. Many insurers will do everything possible to deny soft tissue injury claims, limiting the scope for claims adjusters to negotiate on settlements. Often, this means an insultingly low initial offer and a refusal to negotiate, meaning many cases are sent straight to litigation.
How much, then, can you expect to recover from a car accident injury claim in Kentucky and Tennessee causing soft tissue injuries? Getting experienced car accident lawyers who will help you get excellent medical treatment is crucial to getting a fair settlement in these cases.
What is the Average Settlement for a Car or Truck Accident with Soft Tissue Injury?
If you sustain soft tissue injuries resulting from the negligence of another driver, you are doubtless keen to establish how much your claim might settle for. Indeed, your emotional and physical recovery are likely contingent on obtaining a fair settlement to compensate you for your losses.
Since all car accidents are unique and every claim has different circumstances, it is challenging to predict even a ballpark settlement figure. Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers have collected thousands for clients in soft tissue cases since even a soft tissue case can result in significant injury. The amount of property damage is also a determinant of the case value.
Our attorneys often recover $10,000 – $50,000 for a soft tissue case where our clients have followed our recommended medical treatment of their injuries. In addition to liability (other person is at fault) the extent of property damage and the amount of insurance to collect determines the settlement.
What Constitutes Soft Tissue Damage?
The soft tissue in your body includes:
- Back (minor)
- Neck (minor)
Soft tissue is anything not classified as bone. Fracture, brain injury, concussions, even a surgery or invasive treatment.
Soft tissue injuries can result in pain in almost all parts of the body, often in the joints, knees, wrists, ankles, head, neck, and back.
Common Symptoms of Soft Tissue Damage
There are many common symptoms indicative of soft tissue injuries, such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Weakness in muscles
- Inability to bear weight
- Muscle cramping
- Limited range of motion
Soft tissues injuries call for prompt medical evaluation to establish the extent of any soft tissue damage you sustained. This will also provide concrete documentation for your subsequent personal injury claim.
Soft tissue injuries can affect any part of your body as soft tissue is found in all parts of the body.
The most common soft tissues injuries in Tennessee or Kentucky car wrecks include:
- Tendon injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Sprains and strains
Tendonitis occurs when your tendons become inflamed. You have tendons in your wrists, elbows, and fingers, as well as many other sites in your body. In an accident, the force of impact often causes tendon injuries. The resultant inflammation can trigger chronic pain and immobility.
Your ligaments connect the bones and vessels in your body together. Ligaments are found throughout your chest, back, arms, legs, and neck.
The impact of an auto accident can easily cause ligament damage, often in the knee area.
Sprains and strains
Many people involved in car accidents in Kentucky and Tennessee are affected by strains and sprains in the neck and back.
The trauma of the impact of a car collision stretches muscles beyond normal limits, often beyond the extent tolerable by your body.
Not only do soft tissue injuries sometimes take time to present, but they can be challenging to see even with the benefit of diagnostic tools. You should seek prompt medical attention if you feel you have suffered soft tissue injuries in a Kentucky or Tennessee car accident.
What is the Outlook for Soft Tissue Injury Recovery?
The recovery times and outlooks for soft tissue injuries varies depending on the grade or severity of the injuries. Soft tissue injuries are categorized according to three grades, as follows.
Grade 1 soft tissue injuries
The mildest of soft tissue injuries often involve rapid recovery times. These injuries only involve injury to 10% of the ligament or muscle group.
Compression, icing, and rest combined with OTC medications are non-invasive treatments that typically facilitate recovery from soft tissue injuries in just a few days or weeks.
Grade 2 soft tissue injuries
Grade 2 soft tissue injuries involve from 10% to 90% of the ligament or muscle group, and recovery times are correspondingly longer.
You may require physical therapy and cortisone injections for this type of soft tissue injury.
Grade 3 soft tissue injuries
The most severe soft tissue injuries typically require long recovery periods characterized by periods of immobility and rest as well as injections to regulate inflammation. Physical therapy can be ongoing, and you may even need invasive surgery.
Grade 3 soft tissue injuries involve damage to between 90% and 100% of the ligament or muscle group, typically involving a complete rupture and tearing of the ligament or muscle.
As well as triggering severe mobility issues, you could also face a lengthy road to recovery, with potentially permanent changes in the affected area of the body.
How to Prove Soft Tissue Injuries
Getting reputable medical care from specialists is needed to establish a soft tissue injury. At Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers we refer our injured clients to excellent physicians to get the care they need to recover and the documentation to establish their injuries. Although soft tissue, non-surgical injuries are often considered minor but they can cause pain and suffering for months.