Imagine you are a claims adjuster for a national insurance company that must decide which injury claims to honor. Which term sounds more devastating to you? “Soft tissue injury” or “bone fracture”? Though the word fracture sounds harsh, soft tissue injuries are often more insidious as they can lurk behind the scenes for long stretches of time. Insurance companies conveniently prey upon the unique characteristics of soft tissue injuries to deny claims as they look out for their own interests. If you have sustained a soft tissue injury in Tucson following a severe impact, the soft tissue injury lawyers of Karnas Law Firm can fight on your behalf for fair compensation.
What is a soft tissue injury?
Soft tissue injuries affect muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout the body. They commonly occur in the neck and back regions, and manifest as whiplash, sprains and strains, bruises, and repetitive stress injuries, to name a few. It is not always apparent that you sustained a soft tissue injury because, for the most part, these injuries leave no visible marks and can take days to cause pain. To make matters worse, most X-rays do not reveal that soft tissues sustained damage.
In many instances, soft tissue injuries resolve themselves; however, occasionally they do become a serious threat. A person who sprains his ankle may overcompensate by using other muscles to take the weight off of the ankle. If he keeps the habit up for a long period of time, it can throw off his gait and cause problems in the overworked muscles, including chronic pain in those areas.
Common Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are extremely common following a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall, or workplace accident, but they are among the most difficult injuries for which to file an insurance claim. This is because it’s difficult to prove a person is suffering from a soft tissue injury. Examples of soft tissue injuries include:
- Slipped or ruptured discs
- Joint damage
- Soft tissue injuries in the neck and upper and lower back
Soft Tissue Injury Symptoms
Some of the more common signs that you may have sustained a soft tissue injury are:
- Reduced mobility
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain in the muscles that does not decrease with time
- Swelling in the knee, hips, back or neck
What to do after a car accident?
The best way to avoid complications when filing a soft injury claim is to receive a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible after a car accident or other accident, even if you do not feel that you are in serious pain. Keep track of all your medical appointments and records. When you feel that you have not fully healed after a car accident, speak with a Tucson soft tissue injury lawyer to learn about your options to recover compensation for your injuries.
At Karnans Law Firm, our goal is to help you receive the compensation you deserve for the costs associated with your soft tissue injuries. Our lawyers will fight for a fair settlement that covers:
- All medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Expenses from psychological or psychiatric treatment
- Ongoing costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
Contact our Tucson soft tissue injury lawyers today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Call (520) 571-9700 or email us a brief description of your case.