Let a Personal Injury Lawyer Help with Your Soft Tissue Injury Claim
Recovering Compensation for Soft Tissue Injuries in California
Soft tissue injuries are often the result of auto accidents, slip and falls, sports injuries, work injuries, or other situations where a personal injury attorney can give you the advice you need to seek compensation for the injury.
It is difficult to obtain fair compensation for a soft tissue injury without an attorney. Insurance companies are generally willing to pay for medical injuries that are clearly evidenced through medical tests. Because soft tissue injuries don’t usually show up using imaging techniques like X-ray, insurers are more likely to think that you are malingering (faking your injury or exaggerating its symptoms for financial gain.)
Soft tissue injuries do sometimes show up in MRIs, but these are expensive and not ordered every time someone suffers a soft tissue injury. With little medical evidence and few outward signs of injury, the insurer might deny your case outright. Insurance companies will offer you a small form of compensation early in your treatments to make the case go away before you have the opportunity to treat your injuries, which you may later find to be more serious.
Even if you do succeed in convincing the insurer that your injury is legitimate, they will likely make an offer to pay your medical bills and lost wages (if you missed work because of your injury). They typically don’t include any compensation for mental injury or pain and suffering.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
A personal injury attorney can help you prepare a case tailored to what an insurance adjuster will want to see. Although you’re in the best position to know whether or not you’re experiencing severe pain, an insurer is more likely to believe it if your treating doctor mentions pain in your medical records and can show a physical cause of the pain. Your attorney can make sure all your medical bills are in order and are well-documented by your files. He can also help your doctor prepare a demand statement that is likely to convince the insurer that your injuries are legitimate.
Soft tissue injuries can be proven by medical testimony from doctors, chiropractors, orthopedists, and physical therapists. Recoverable damages include, but are not limited to, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
If you have suffered from a soft tissue injury, contact experienced personal injury attorney, Payum Ryan Banafshe, and the rest of our team for the best possible legal advice about your particular situation.