If you have ever been rear-ended in traffic or suffered some other car collision because someone else wasn’t paying attention, you know that a lack of property damage does not necessarily mean that there will be no bodily injury. Unfortunately, most insurance companies beg to differ, and will try to minimize your injuries and pain in order to justify a small settlement offer.
Many people buy into the argument that they cannot be badly injured because their car does not have a lot of visible property damaged, but the truth is that injuries caused in these kind of collisions often take time to manifest. Further, there may be damage to the frame, suspension or other internal structures of the car that are not easily visible and require a mechanic to find.
The medical definition of a soft tissue injury is any injury to a person that does not involve damage to the bone which is a hard tissue. Soft tissue includes skin, nerves, muscles, all internal organs, tendons, cervical discs and the brain. These soft tissue injuries are often not apparent at the scene of the accident because of adrenaline, shock, and other factors.
A victim may feel fine at the scene of the collision but wake up one to three days later in too much pain to get out of bed. This is because the symptoms of soft tissue injuries from take time to develop. Things like brain injury, strained muscles, or damaged joints are not always instantly apparent.
If you have been in a collision where there is not a lot of visible property damage, here are some steps you can take to preserve your claim or possible lawsuit:
Soft tissue injury cases are some of the more difficult cases to litigate because of the later onset of injuries. The attorneys at Faulkner Law Offices are very experienced at handling claims like this. If you have been in an automobile collision in Bakersfield and you need help handling your injury claim, call Faulkner Law Offices at (661) 327-0601 for a free consultation.