Fort Myers Car Crashes and Soft Tissue Injuries
When it comes to getting financially compensated for your injuries after a motor vehicle crash, one of the main factors are the extent and severity of the injuries. As you might suspect, a person who suffers a traumatic, devastating injury like a brain injury, severed arm or leg or crushed bones would anticipate a higher dollar value to their claim than does a person who has suffered what are known as ‘soft tissue injuries.'
Soft tissue injuries are, in general, related to muscle, tendon or ligament injuries. They can also include minor sprains, burns and spinal disk injuries that do not require any surgery to repair. Symptoms related to soft tissue injuries can include bruising, soreness, numbness, swelling and inflammation. Soft tissue injuries that occur to the disks in the spine, called herniations, can result in a very serious level of pain.
But what a lot of people don't understand – even those who have been hurt in a crash – is that soft tissue injuries can occur days or even weeks after the impact of the crash.
If you've ever over-exerted yourself physically, you know that you're going to be sore the following day. You may have also had the experience of doing a large amount of strenuous yard work, but your muscles were more sore two days later as opposed to immediately following the workout.
That's exactly what can happen following a car, motorcycle or other type of motor vehicle accident.
We have people who come to see us, trying to determine if they need to hire Goldberg Noone Abraham law firm to represent them for their injuries. In many cases, they don't feel hurt if it's only been a day or two since the crash. But a few days later they may start to experience pain, soreness, swelling, difficulty moving certain ways and other things they didn't experience at first.
Soft tissue injuries are unique – no two circumstances are ever the same, and you just don't know if you're going to experience pain unless a sufficient amount of time has passed.
The Value of Your Soft Tissue Injury Case
When people come to see us because they were hurt in a crash, one of the first things they want to know if what the financial value of their case. It's a natural question, but unfortunately one that is very difficult to answer. There simply are no two cases that are alike, and there are so many outside factors that go together to determine a fair financial settlement to compensate you for your injuries.
In a soft tissue injury case, there are some factors that come into play relating to the amount you may be entitled to for compensation. Of course, the primary purpose is to pay all of your medical bills and allow for the costs of any future or ongoing medical treatment or procedures you may need. You are also entitled to receive money for any time you have lost from your job due to the injuries. But there are other factors that generally do not become part of your claim against the insurance company, as they may in a more catastrophic type of injury.
In cases where someone has suffered severe brain trauma or another form of head injury, the loss of a limb, a broken pelvis or severed spine, the damages are much more severe, and call for a larger financial settlement amount. Those cases involve your attorney negotiating compensation for things like pain and suffering, (both physical and emotional), mental anguish, loss of the ability to continue working to support your family, diminished quality of life and loss of a spouse's companionship, making accommodations to your home or vehicle if you require alterations because of a physical disability, and more.
A major part of our job as personal injury attorneys is to be realistic with our clients as to what they can expect. Many people have an inflated opinion as to what type of financial compensation they should be entitled to. Some already have an amount in mind and have begun to make plans on how they're going to spend the money. It's our job to clearly explain the whole process to them, and to maintain a realistic basis for negotiating with the insurance company.
You can read more about our thoughts on the value of a personal injury case here.
Do You Need an Attorney After a Crash?
Following an accident, no matter the severity of your injuries, your mind is going to be filled with questions. You may be wondering if you should hire a personal injury attorney to help, or not. The good news is we're always just a phone call away with the answers, and it won't cost you a thing to sit down with us and go over your specific circumstances. It doesn't matter of your case is extremely complicated, or a more simple soft tissue type of injury – we will be straight up with you and let you know what we recommend, and our answers are always free with no pressure or obligation to hire our firm. You can call our Fort Myers office at 239-461-5508, or just fill out this simple form and we'll reach out to you immediately.
No one wakes up in the morning thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney. It's just not something you anticipate ahead of time – the time when you're on the receiving end of an injury that was caused by someone else.
We want you to know we're here to help, and you should never feel intimidated or afraid to reach out to us for answers.