Minor car accidents can cause various soft tissue injuries that can take a long time and a lot of money to recover from. If you have suffered soft tissue injuries in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Filing a Soft Tissue Injury Claim
Unfortunately, soft tissue injuries are not easily seen on an X-ray, so to get a successful claim, you would need to keep good documentation of the injuries from your doctor. Documenting and recording evidence and medical records will help solidify your claim.Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries usually occur when an accident damages the tissues surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons. These injuries typically leave the victims with pain, swelling and bruising. Some soft tissue injuries include:
- Contusions or bruising
- Torn ligaments
Soft tissue injuries can be permanent. Internal bleeding can pool on soft tissues which can cause permanent damage.
Soft Tissue Injury Claim Value
Q: What is the average settlement in a soft tissue damage lawsuit?
A: I have been in practice in the personal injury field since 1982. I have settled soft tissue injury cases from $5,000 up to $750,000 in my many years of practice. Much depends on who you are and what you've lost in the accident. It also depends on situations such as:
- Have you completely recovered or are you still in pain?
- Does the injury continue to affect your life?
- Are you missing work or likely to miss work in the future?
A personal injury attorney should be able to give you a pretty good evaluation after review of all the facts.
I'm Ed Smith
, a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Soft tissue injuries are usually referred to as damage to the tendons, ligaments or muscles. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort after a car accident, reach out to me at (916) 921-6400
or (800) 404-5400
for free, friendly legal advice.
Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 11.1.18]