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Soft Tissue Injuries From Car Accidents

Pedestrian lying contorted in roadway in front of stopped car; young woman calling emergency services on mobile phone; soft tissue injuries from car accident.

Car crashes caused by another driver’s carelessness are always inconvenient. They can also be expensive if they leave you with painful bodily harm and property damage. When a motorist’s thoughtless actions cause others to sustain bodily, property, and financial damages, the injured parties may have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. People commonly suffer soft tissue injuries during crashes. Common in minor fender-benders as well as in more severe crashes, soft tissue injuries from car accidents can lead to short- and long-term physical pain and precipitate the need for expensive medical interventions. Call (603) 707-4800 to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC and learn more about when and how New Hampshire residents can collect settlements to cover the damages they have sustained in soft tissue injuries from car accidents.

What Is A Soft Tissue Injury?

Much of the human body consists of soft tissue, which helps with mobility and acts as a cushion to protect bones and vital organs underneath. Soft tissue injuries are sprains, tears, or other trauma sustained by muscles, tendons, and ligaments anywhere in the body. Acute trauma, sudden twists, jolts, overuse, or direct blows can all cause soft tissue damage. 

Common Characteristics of Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries frequently swell, causing pain and stiffness and in many cases limiting the range of motion for the affected body part. Depending on the location of the injury and the tissues affected, the decrease in mobility may also be accompanied by a decrease in muscle strength. 

Minor soft tissue injuries often heal on their own with time. Care for mild sprains or strains typically consists of rest, often while elevating the body part that has suffered trauma. The patient may need to stay off their feet for a week or two to allow time for recovery. On the other hand, some soft tissue injuries may be severe, causing disabilities and requiring extensive medical care. In these instances injured individuals will likely need to work with healthcare professionals to develop a treatment strategy.

Understanding Soft Tissue Injuries After a Car Accident

When something causes a person to make abrupt and unexpected movements, such as twisting into awkward positions during wrecks, they often sustain painful injuries, even when they do not realize they suffered harm initially. The adrenaline from car crashes may hide the symptoms, and many soft tissue injuries do not become painful until they swell. Consequently, seeking medical treatment directly after a car accident to prevent any delays in the identification and treatment of injuries is generally recommended. 

Minor soft tissue injuries from car accidents can take a few weeks to heal completely. However, when the injuries are severe, the healing process can be longer. Seeking medical advice and adhering carefully to the prescribed treatment plan can help to ensure the best possible chances of a full recovery.

Top 6 Soft Tissue Injuries From Car Accidents

Injuries to “soft” tissues can occur almost anywhere in the body, but some of the most severe instances involve the neck or back. Among the most common types of injuries people sustain in vehicle collisions include the following: 

  • Mild to severe whiplash 
  • Sprains and strains of the back and other locations of the body 
  • Soft tissue lacerations or abrasions caused by penetration 
  • Rotator cuff tears 
  • Contusions and bruising caused by a sudden blow 
  • Pinched or compressed nerves

Symptoms of any of these injuries may include pain, stiffness, tingling, bruising, and inflammation or swelling. While swelling is crucial for the body’s natural healing process, it also plays a significant role in pain and stiffness. Many do not realize they suffered injuries immediately or until they begin to swell. Therefore, the painful symptoms and mobility issues may not start for a few hours or even a few days later for some people. 

Getting Fair Compensation for Soft Tissue Injuries

New Hampshire insurance laws do not require all motorists to carry liability coverage for accidents they are at fault for causing. Although New Hampshire’s laws may make the process of recovering compensation after an accident somewhat different from that pursued in other at-fault states, Section 264:4 of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes disincentivizes failure to compensate auto accident victims by providing for the license of an uninsured at-fault driver to be suspended until the driver provides proof of “sufficient security” to cover the probable costs of damages.. Under this statute, drivers who do not carry auto liability insurance can instead provide evidence that they have the means to pay the range of costs established for damages in New Hampshire personal injury cases out-of-pocket.

Compensation From Uninsured Drivers

According to the guidance of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Section 264:20, an at-fault driver must be able to cover $25,000 per person in an accident, up to a total of $50,000. They must also show proof of the ability to pay up to $25,000 for property damages resulting from an accident they caused while operating a car or other motor vehicle. 

Common Types of Compensation Related to Car Accidents

Damages for car accidents causing injuries to any of the body’s soft tissues may include: 

  • Medical bills, including the cost of ongoing care
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy, if necessary 
  • Prescriptions, medical devices or needed medical and support equipment, and transportation costs for doctor visits 
  • Loss of pay
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Loss of quality of life 

The total car accident settlement amount is typically determined by the severity of the injuries, the extent of the property damages, and the at-fault driver’s actions leading to the collision. The hope is always that the injuries will be minor, the property repair bills reasonable, and the victim’s recovery complete. However, when a vehicle collision leaves people with permanent impairment, the damages can be substantial. An attorney from Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC may be able to answer specific questions involving soft tissue injuries from car accidents after reviewing the case.

Average Settlement for Soft Tissue Injury Car Accident

Soft tissue injuries affect everyone differently, and the extent of disruption they cause will depend on the tissues affected and the severity of the trauma. The settlement amount for damages after a car accident will similarly depend on a variety of factors including the number and extent of injuries sustained, how these injuries will continue to affect the individual and the extent of ongoing medical care that may be required. The compensation for injuries to soft tissues involving the neck or back may be approximately $15,000 to $90,000, a range that leaves substantial room for variation. 

Schedule a Consultation With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

You may have the right to seek compensation for injuries and losses you suffered due to someone else’s carelessness. Soft tissue damage from car accidents can leave victims with acute pain, medical bills, lost salary, and the inconvenience of not having the ability to function normally because of an avoidable tragedy caused by a driver’s failure in their duty of care. Call (603) 707-4800 to speak with a seasoned lawyer at Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC and seek answers to common questions about recovering damages after suffering soft tissue injuries from car accidents. 

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Jesse Friedman

Jesse has personally represented thousands of clients throughout the State - from juvenile delinquency offenses through homicides. He has extensive trial and litigation experience and has obtained favorable outcomes for thousands of clients throughout the years.

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