Soft tissue injuries, like whiplash, are closely associated with the impact of traffic accidents of all kinds and of slip and fall accidents.
Soft tissue injuries are not only exceptionally painful, but they can also be slow to heal and can lead to serious losses in terms of the range of motion. To make matters that much more challenging, soft tissue injuries are also unpredictable, which means they can improve and worsen with little warning.
If you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, turn to an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney for the legal guidance you need.
Recoverable Losses in Soft Tissue Injury Claims
The losses you experience as a result of a soft tissue injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence can be considerable and generally break down into several basic categories.
Soft tissue injury medical bills
Soft tissue injuries can require long-term healthcare needs, which make these serious injuries that much more costly. Sometimes, complete recovery is not possible, and sufferers require ongoing pain management and extensive physical therapy to maintain the range of motion possible. Further, soft tissue injuries can subside and return, making a recovery even more challenging.
Some of the medical costs commonly associated with soft tissue injuries include:
- Treatment and care from doctors, specialists, therapists, and other medical professionals
- Medical tests, procedures, and treatments
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Pain management
- Adaptive physical devices
- Prescription medications
An important aspect of your car accident soft tissue injury settlement is ensuring that all your medical expenses are accounted for and well-represented.
A soft tissue injury can leave you off the job for a considerable amount of time and can even interfere with your ability to do your job in the future. If your earning capacity is affected, the attendant financial losses will be that much more pronounced. It’s important to recognize that career losses of this kind can also have emotional consequences.
Pain and suffering
In addition to the losses you experience that you can put a price on, there is your physical and emotional pain and suffering to consider.
Soft tissue injuries can be especially challenging for all the following reasons:
- They are often slow to heal.
- They can be acutely painful.
- They can lead to difficulty bearing weight.
- They can lead to incapacitating headaches.
- They can seriously impede the range of motion, which can affect your daily life in significant ways.
- They can be unpredictable in the sense that they can recede and worsen according to no discernable pattern, which can make identifying your injury as temporary or permanent more challenging.
The emotional component of your soft tissue injury can amplify the negative effects of your other losses, which can make moving forward toward recovery that much more difficult.
Soft Tissue Injury Settlement Amounts in Georgia
The outcome of your claim will hinge upon its strength and how well your losses are represented, which is one of the primary reasons having a dedicated personal injury attorney in your corner is so critical.
Your attorney will engage in all the following to help ensure that your claim is solid and that your rights are well protected:
- Gather and compile all the available evidence, including eyewitness testimony
- Hire expert witnesses, which may include a medical professional with expertise in soft tissue injuries
- Communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and negotiate for the compensation to which you are entitled
- Help you navigate the path forward and help you make the best decisions for you along the way
- Prepare to take your claim to court in the event that the insurance company refuses to strike a fair settlement.
While there are average settlement amounts for claims involving soft tissue injuries, every claim is unique to the circumstances involved, meaning that your losses and the value of your claim will depend entirely on your specific situation. Working closely with a seasoned personal injury attorney leaves you in a far better position to obtain a just settlement or court award that addresses your losses in their entirety.
Calculating the Pain and Suffering of a Soft Tissue Injury
While calculating your total losses as they relate to medical bills and lost earnings is fairly straightforward, calculating your losses as they relate to pain and suffering is much less so.
Courts often use a multiplier approach that implements a number from 1 to 5.
If your emotional losses are extremely serious, your total economic damages (or those losses that you can put a price tag on) may be multiplied by 5, and if your emotional losses are significantly less serious, your economic damages may be multiplied by 1 or 1.5.
For example, if your economic damages total $20,000 and your multiplier is 2, you will receive $20,000 in economic damages and $40,000 in non-economic damages for $60,000 in total compensation.
An Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Is Standing By
The Georgia lawyers at Larrison Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys have a wealth of experience successfully guiding challenging claims, including soft tissue injuries, toward advantageous outcomes. We serve Loganville and Athens, GA and are committed to upholding our clients’ rights and best interests.
Your claim and your recovery are important to us. Please reach out online or call us at 770-554-8100 for more information about what we can do to help you today.
Soft Tissue Injury FAQs
Is there a time limit for bringing a soft tissue injury case?
The statute of limitations refers to the length of time you have to bring a personal injury claim of any kind. In Georgia, this time limit is generally two years from the date of the injury-causing accident.
What if I can’t afford a personal injury attorney?
Most reputable Georgia personal injury attorneys are paid on contingency, which means you won’t owe anything until your claim settles or receives a court award.