Sarasota Soft Tissue Injury Attorney
The direct force caused by a motor vehicle accident can easily cause soft tissue damage to a driver or passengers of a vehicle. While these injuries may initially seem minor compared to other traumatic outcomes of traffic crashes, they can still be quite painful and take a long time to heal. They will still require medical attention and in the meantime, can affect your ability to function at work or around home. This is why it is critical that you reach out to a qualified Sarasota soft tissue injury attorney who can help you receive the best compensation possible for the damages sustained. The attorneys at Hale Law, P.A. will assist you in collecting all the documentation you need to make a proper claim with the insurance companies involved.
What Constitutes a Soft Tissue Injury?
Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the skin, muscle, or tendons/ligaments that connect the muscular system together. Examples are lacerations, tears, strains, and sprains. If you sustain a fracture or dislocate a joint, chances are you have sustained soft tissue damage too. According to the Merck Manual Consumer Edition, symptoms of soft tissue damage include:
- Bruising or discoloration of an area;
- Inability to move a limb;
- Muscle spasms; and
- A part of the body that looks misaligned, distorted, or bent (signifying a possible fracture).
Whiplash is another common type of soft tissue injury that results from vehicle crashes. According to eMedicineHealth, cars going speeds as low as 15 mph can cause whiplash, even in occupants wearing seatbelts. Moderate whiplash can leave a victim unable to perform normal tasks for up to eight weeks as they heal.
Compensation for Medical Costs and Other Damages
As you recover from your injuries you will find that there are medical bills and other expenses. This is why it is critical to start an insurance claim. The at-fault party and their insurance company are liable for the following:
- Medical bills including physical therapy you may need now and into the future;
- Lost wages from being unable to perform your work duties;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and
Depending on the policies that apply, your insurance may also cover part of your expenses. While you are focused on your recovery, an attorney can assist you in collecting all of the medical information to get the best possible outcome. Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means more than one party can be held responsible for a crash. For instance, a driver who was speeding at the time they were T-boned might be held partially at fault. The degree to which a party is found at-fault is deducted from their overall compensation. In addition to compiling medical information, we will ensure that the at-fault party is held responsible for the crash by reviewing crash scene documents, police reports, eyewitness statements, and more.
Call Hale Law, P.A. in Sarasota Today About Your Soft Tissue Injuries
Being injured in a vehicle collision is shocking. Suddenly, your life is upended as you figure out how to get healthy again. This is where the Sarasota soft tissue injuries attorneys at Hale Law, P.A. can help you. While you focus your attention on recovering, you can trust us to handle the legal aspects of your crash. Contact our Sarasota offices at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation today.