Injury Types

Soft Tissue Injuries

Your body relies on muscles, tendons, and ligaments for support, movement, and stabilization. Damage to these structures is common in car crashes and other type of accidents, and victims often face a long and painful healing process. That’s why it’s so important to get the compensation you deserve after a life-changing injury.

After an accident leaves you or someone you love with soft tissue injuries, we’re here to help. Contact the team at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to discuss your options now.

What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?

Soft tissue injuries commonly occur during collisions, and they may happen in conjunction with broken bones and other types of injuries. Common soft tissue injuries include:

Whiplash

The tendons and muscles in the neck are at risk of serious damage during a car collision. When someone’s head snaps forward and backwards with great force, whiplash is a common outcome. Outcomes vary, depending on the severity of the collision and how much treatment is required.

Bruising

Bruises, also known as contusions, can leave accident victims with serious pain and limited mobility.

Sprains and strains

Sprains occur when a ligament is twisted or rolled. These injuries are commonly caused by car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports accidents. Areas often affected by sprains include the wrists, ankles, and knees. Strains are fairly similar, but they occur in muscles and tendons. Since pain levels can be similar between strains and sprains, medical attention is essential after a crash.

Bursitis

Small sacs filled with fluid, known as bursa, act as a cushion between bones and muscles or tendons. When bursa swell, people suffer the serious pain and discomfort of bursitis. This may occur in workplace injuries and other types of accidents.

Tendonitis

The aggravation of tendons leads to tendonitis, the swelling of the connective tissue between muscles and bones.

Rotator cuff injury

In a collision where your shoulder absorbs a massive amount of force, you may experience substantial damage to the tensions and muscles in this region. This can limit your use of one arm.

How a Personal Injury Attorney Will Help

Hiring a personal injury attorney is highly recommended when you sustain soft tissue injuries. Working with a Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve, rather than getting stuck with thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages caused by someone else’s negligence. Our team is here to help in a variety of areas:

Conduct an investigation

For a successful personal injury case, you need substantial evidence that proves the other party’s obligation to you, their failure to meet that obligation, and a link between their negligence and your injuries. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know what it takes to prove a case to an insurance company and to a court. This is much easier than trying to handle evidence collection and analysis on your own while you are trying to heal from serious injuries.

Handle deadlines and documents

Whether your case is settled directly with the insurance company or goes through the legal process, you have to meet strict deadlines and provide requested paperwork in a timely manner. This is difficult for accident victims who already have to plan around follow-up appointments and other obligations. Being able to entrust these tasks to your attorney will allow you to focus your effects on the hard work of healing.

Ensure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company and, if necessary, the court system

From the moment that you’re injured, there are big companies waiting to take advantage of you. The biggest perpetrator for most people is the liable party’s insurance company. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible and boost their profit margins as much as they can. If you communicate with them without an attorney, you are unlikely to get what you deserve. They’ll waste no time discrediting your story, trying to pin the accident on you, and downplaying your injuries. Your attorney will protect you from these unethical efforts and act in your best interests. If your case proceeds to court—which most cases don’t—your lawyer will fight vigorously on your behalf.

Why Soft Tissue Injury Claims Are So Difficult

While we recommend that anyone who sustains injuries caused by someone else connect with an attorney, we believe it’s particularly important if you suffer soft tissue injuries. Unlike broken bones and skin injuries, soft tissue damage is not visible to the naked eye. The symptoms can be difficult to describe and diagnose, and insurance companies put up a fight when it comes to paying out claims based on a victim’s pain. An attorney will gather the evidence needed to strengthen a soft tissue injury claim. Furthermore, soft tissue damage can limit your ability to work, causing you further financial loss. If you decide not to hire an attorney, you could find yourself out of work and without the compensation you need to keep going after an accident.

Types of Compensation

You could be entitled to several types of compensation, depending on the severity of your injuries and the strength of your case. Your attorney will discuss multiple options with you, including:

  • Medical expenses, both present and future
  • Lost wages and lost future income
  • Mental trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Today

Having a dedicated, experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can significantly decrease your stress as you try to navigate the injury claim process. Our team is here to support and guide you through this process. To schedule your consultation, call us at (312) 236-2900 or reach out online.

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