While some car accidents can be relatively minor, many leave those involved with various types of injuries. Some injuries are very obvious, like broken bones. Other injuries, however, may be more difficult to detect, like those involving soft tissue. Soft tissue injuries are injuries affecting the soft parts of the body, like muscles and tendons. Soft tissue injuries sustained from car accidents often include things like whiplash, bruising, sprains and soreness.
Soft tissue injuries
Though they may seem less severe than broken bones, soft tissue injuries can be very painful and often take months, or even longer, to heal. Additionally, injuries like whiplash and muscle or joint pain may take a few days or weeks to surface. Soft tissue injuries do not appear on an X-ray and therefore require additional and often expensive testing such as CT scans to detect. Treating these injuries may require on-going physical therapy and frequent follow-up visits with your doctor.
Getting compensation for injuries
If you have been injured in a car accident you will need to prove your injuries in order to recover compensation for any medical treatment sought. In order to prove your injuries, you should obtain all of your relevant medical records and itemized bills for any medical treatment sought dating back to the time of the car accident. What is more, it may be necessary at trial to have witnesses testify to your injuries, including any doctors who provided treatment or other medical experts.
Also, because soft tissue injuries can be more difficult to prove than something like a broken leg, it is important that you do not delay in seeking medical treatment. A delay in diagnosing and treating soft tissue injuries may give the at-fault party reason to question whether or not your injuries resulted from the accident or something else. If the at-fault party can dispute your claim that your injuries were caused by the car accident, it is very unlikely that they will offer to compensate you for those injuries.
Your injury is worth more than your medical bills
In addition to recovering the out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred from treating your injuries, you are also entitled to be compensated for any pain and suffering caused by the accident. Proving the non-economic elements of your injury can be very difficult given that they are quite subjective. Factors such as severity of the injury, duration of the recovery process and whether or not the injury interferes with your everyday life all contribute to placing a value on your pain and suffering.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit
If you are unable to settle your claim with the at-fault party you may wish to file a civil lawsuit. In that case, the issue of damages will be determined by a jury. A jury will often consider the factors mentioned above when determining what damages to award for personal injuries. It is important to note that while filing a lawsuit may be necessary, there are risks involved. Juries can be very unpredictable and it is possible that you may recover less in damages than the amount you could have settled for out of court. It is always better to contact one of our experienced Nashville Auto Accident Lawyers