Should I Hire an Attorney for a Soft Tissue Injury?
Soft tissue injuries caused by a car or truck accident are nothing to be taken lightly. They can occur anywhere throughout your body and have a long-lasting impact on your livelihood.
Unfortunately, dishonest people who exaggerate their symptoms or make them up all together have, at times, given soft tissue injury cases a bad name. And because these injuries are largely undetected by x-rays and other physical examinations, the insurance company will place your accident claim under extreme scrutiny.
If you do not have an experienced injury lawyer on your side, attempts to be fairly compensated for your soft tissue injuries can be especially difficult.
Hiring a Soft Tissue Injury Lawyer
Hiring an experienced soft tissue injury lawyer can have a dramatic, positive impact on your case’s value. Insurance companies know this and will try to settle your claim quickly.
Put simply, hiring attorney Boulton to handle your injury claim offers you greater protection in 3 important ways:
1) Shield You From the Insurance Company
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Insurance companies will do everything they can to limit the amount they pay on your claim. This is why they make millions of dollars in profit every year.
For example, accident victims who try working with the insurance company without an attorney often damage their claim by simply giving a recorded statement. The insurance companies questions are not designed to help you. These questions are carefully crafted to limit their exposure and reduce the amount they have to pay you.
Boulton Law Group regularly handles soft tissue cases on behalf of its clients throughout the state. We coordinate all communication through our office so that no mistakes or damaging statements are made. Our experience with these claims has taught us how to protect our clients from these types of slip-ups.
Remember, insurance companies tactics are ultimately designed to push your case aside as quickly as possible for the lowest amount possible. Having a successful soft tissue injury attorney helps to ensure this does not happen.
2) Filing Your Case on Time
Every soft tissue injury case is subject to a very strict timeline knows as the “statute of limitations.” Indiana law is unforgiving to accident victims who miss the deadline to file their claim within the appropriate statute date.
There are a number of factors that attorney Boulton will consider to help you pinpoint your statute date, such as age, date of accident, whether or not a lawsuit needs filed, etc.
For example, Indiana law gives some victims two years from the date of their accident to file a claim, while someone under 18 may have a considerably longer amount of time to file.
Boulton Law Group can help you determine your official statute date during your initial consultation.
3) Conducting a Fair Liability Investigation
The insurance company will perform an investigation using accident scene evidence and statements from their insured. Their investigation is often one-sided and not designed to work in your favor.
Because insurance companies are especially aggressive in defending soft tissue cases, it is critical that you have an experienced injury attorney conduct a liability investigation on your behalf. This helps to even the playing field and ensure your claim is not rejected or undervalued due to bogus theories or misleading statements.
Common Soft-Tissue Injuries
Depending on the force of your collision, soft tissue injuries may present themselves in a variety of ways, but almost always include a form of muscle, tendon, nerve, or ligament damage.
Some of the more common soft tissue injuries our clients sustain, include:
Whiplash – Probably the most commonly associated term with a car or truck accident, whiplash is a serious injury that can have long-lasting effects.
The neck is the focal point of whiplash injuries. As the name suggests, it indicates a sudden back and forth motion that injures the muscle and tendons throughout the neck.
Whiplash often occurs after being rear-ended by an inattentive driver.
Sprains – Car accidents are notorious for causing a wide-ranging degree of sprains to various joints.
The unexpected jolt of a collision often cause ligaments in the body to stretch or tear, resulting in a sprain. Sprains most often occur in the wrists, knees, elbows, ankles, and shoulders.
Contusions (bruising) – Auto accidents often cause bruising throughout a person’s body.
At the moment of a collision, tiny blood vessels under the skin are subject to rupturing, causing a pooling of blood in the affected area. The purple and yellow discoloration that appear afterward pinpoint exactly where the injury occurred.
Rotator cuff injury – Located in the shoulder, this is one of the more serious soft tissue injuries caused by a car or truck accident.
During the force of a collision, it is possible that your shoulder will absorb an excessive amount of energy, resulting in damage to the muscles and tendons in this area. The tear or inflammation of tendons in your shoulder is what is ultimately responsible for a rotator cuff injury.
Rotator cuff injuries are also often seen in people who have performed a repeated motion with their arm resulting in shoulder duress. For this reason, insurance companies often try to claim that the injury was pre-existing and not a result of the car accident.
Tendinitis – A soft tissue injury that is also commonly seen in car accident victims.
Depending on the force of a collision, the severity of a person’s tendinitis can greatly vary. The injury occurs when the tendons that connect the soft tissue to bones and joints becomes inflamed or swollen.
A victims who suffers tendinitis will usually find that activity involving the afflicted area worsens the condition. This is often seen in the shoulders, arms, and legs.
Do Insurance Companies Pay for Soft Tissue Injuries?
The insurance company may not agree with us, but anytime an accident leaves you with soft tissue injuries, and it was through no fault of your own, you are deserving of compensation.
And while the money you receive from a personal injury lawsuit does not guarantee a quick recovery, it can provide additional comfort as you work your way back to full health.
Depending on the severity of your accident and injuries, Boulton Law Group may pursue a number of compensation types, including:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Future care and therapy
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Every accident case is unique. The compensation you receive for a soft tissue injury claim will most likely be different than what someone else has received for a similar accident.
The goal at the Boulton Law Group is to ensure that we present each case on its own unique merits. This helps to ensure you receive every last penny that is deserved.
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The Boulton Law Group provides soft tissue accident victims a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means we will never charge a consultation or initial investigation fee, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
Attorney Boulton has successfully handled soft tissue cases throughout the entire state of Indiana. He also understands how your injuries can limit your mobility. For this reason, he will meet with you at the hospital, your home, or wherever is most comfortable.
To speak to attorney Boulton about your soft tissue case today, contact him direct by dialing 317-350-2680.
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