Marilyn considered herself fortunate. A reckless driver had struck her car yesterday, causing considerable damage, but Marilyn had not suffered any obvious injuries. The next day, however, she had trouble moving around and was in pain. A visit to the doctor and a few tests later, Marilyn realized the accident had damaged her muscles and ligaments. The doctor called it a soft tissue injury. Marilyn wasn’t sure how she could go about proving soft tissue injuries after her car crash.
What are soft tissue injuries?
Muscles, ligaments, and tendons are the most common soft tissues in your body. Injuries to soft tissue include:
- Bursitis, and
- Contusions or bruises.
Some soft tissue injuries occur over time from overuse. However, acute injuries may happen because of sudden trauma like a car accident.
How can I prove my soft tissue injury is the result of the car crash?
Injuries like broken bones, head trauma, and cracked ribs are fairly easy to back up with medical evidence. Sprains, strains, whiplash, and other soft injuries may be more difficult to prove. However, it’s worth the trouble to get the compensation you deserve.
Medical documentation is critical. Make sure you have a doctor check you out after an auto accident. Healthcare providers can produce doctor’s notes, x-rays, lab reports, and physical therapy records to prove your injury.
Testimony from friends, family, co-workers, and employers may help in proving soft tissue injuries after a car crash. For example, your employer may testify about how your ability to work changed. A close friend may sign an affidavit or provide proof that you can no longer participate in the activities you enjoyed before the auto accident.
Other records that might help include:
- Invoices for medical supplies and equipment, like braces or crutches;
- Pharmacy records, especially for pain relievers; and
- Statements from people who provide services that you can no longer tackle, like mowing the lawn or cleaning house.
Your attorney can advise you about the gathering evidence you need to receive compensation for your soft tissue injuries.
Don’t Let Soft Tissue Injuries Hold You Back
People often joke about whiplash and other hard-to-prove injuries. However, pain and suffering are not funny to the victims. Talk to an experienced attorney about proving your soft tissue injuries.
Call Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, for an honest assessment of your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.
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