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What Happens If You Suffer Soft Tissue Injury in an Accident?
Your car actually overturned from the force of the accident. Miraculously, you did not break any bones. However, it did feel like ages that you were suspended by your seatbelt. There isn’t a part of your body that doesn’t hurt – even though the accident was a month ago. Meanwhile, the doctors inform you that you have only suffered soft tissue injuries. What does that mean exactly?
First, it’s helpful to understand what doesn’t count as a soft tissue injury. Start by excluding traumatic brain injuries and bone fractures. For the most part, soft tissue injuries generally reflect ligament injuries, as well as the harm done to tendons and muscles.
Take it a step further, and you can figure out that a pulled muscle or an ankle sprain are considered soft tissue injuries. Bulging or herniated discs also fall into this same category. There is no question that a soft tissue injury can be quite painful. Yet, some insurance companies take a more conservative stance in negotiating personal injury claims involving soft tissue injuries.
Soft Tissue Injuries and NJ Auto Accidents
Your automobile accident claim may be controlled by your selection of coverage for your own personal insurance coverage. Did you choose the Lawsuit Threshold or Limitation on Lawsuit option? According to the State of New Jersey’s insurance regulations, this could easily affect your right to sue.
Without question, it is critical to seek experienced legal counsel when it appears that a soft tissue injury may have lasting effects – and even cause a permanent disability. Regardless of your choice of insurance coverage, your attorney can help decide if you are entitled to compensations.
Non-Auto Claims and Soft Tissue Injuries
In the meantime, you should know that the rules aren’t as strict when it comes to filing a claim for an accident that occurs on the job. Workers’ compensation claims are often made for injuries of the following nature:
- Herniated discs
- Neck and back sprains
- Neck and back strains
- Ankle Sprains
- Muscle strains
In some cases, injuries may occur as a result of one time accidents. For example, someone could slip and fall at work and suffer an ankle sprain. Additionally, the injuries may happen because of repetitive motion. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you in determining the best way to file a claim on your behalf.
Other types of accident claims can also result in soft tissue injuries. These include problems with malfunctioning products as well as property liability claims. Your attorney will work with you to determine the feasibility of bringing a lawsuit for any of these types of accidents.