Car accidents can cause a variety of personal injuries that range from mild to severe. Soft tissue injuries are often seen as mild compared to other car accident injuries. However, some soft tissue injuries can involve surgeries, missed work, and decreased joint functionality. Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to sue. Talk to a Tampa personal injury lawyer to find out.
Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
The two most common types of soft tissue injuries caused by car accidents are sprains and strains. These injuries happen when a joint is unnaturally bent or twisted. Tendons, muscles, and ligaments become damaged as a result. Contusions are another type of soft tissue injury that involves bruising from traumatic blows.
Strains and sprains are often confused with each other and thought of as the same. While strains and sprains involve damage to the soft tissues from tearing or stretching, they affect different tissues. They can both cause pain and decreased movement in the afflicted joint.
Sprains involve stretched or torn ligaments. Since ligaments connect bones together, damage to a ligament can create joint problems. Many of these problems revolve around joint stiffness, weakness, and pain. This can impact physical performance depending on which joints are impacted.
Multiple tissues can become stretched or torn with strains, and these tissue strains can damage the muscles and tendons. This can lead to muscle spasms, swelling, cramping, and pain. Movement is often affected by this type of injury as well.
Depending on the severity, some sprains and strains may require surgery and pain medications. The frustrating thing for some people is how this can delay sports or returning to work. Certain jobs cannot be performed until the soft tissue injury fully heals.
How to Increase Your Chances of Compensation
The most important thing to do for your well-being and to obtain compensation is to seek medical attention. Failing to undergo medical attention within a certain period of time after the injury cause may create problems. Waiting longer makes it harder to connect the cause of the injury to the injury itself.
To request compensation, you need to file a car accident claim with the auto insurance company. Documenting your injury with pictures, medical records, and journaling can significantly increase your chances of being compensated. Take notes about your injury each step of the way including:
- Daily struggles and impairments caused by the injury
- Medical appointment dates and reasons
- Money spent on medications and other medical products like braces
- Travel expenses
Do not hesitate to contact a Tampa accident lawyer for guidance with the claims process. One of our lawyers can help you collect evidence and file your claim. We are prepared to defend your claim if needed.
Tampa Personal Injury Attorney
Suing for soft tissue injuries can be difficult. Do not hesitate to call the Rebein Law Firm today at (813) 305-7285 to talk to a Florida car accident lawyer for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team can increase your chances of compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs. We serve clients in the Florida cities of Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee, Pasco, and Polk County.