Soft tissue injuries (STI) such as whiplash, sprains, strains, and contusions are some of the most common injuries sustained in traffic collisions. Upon impact, the resulting force can cause damage to the body's muscles and tendons in the neck, knees, elbows, wrists, and hands, resulting in extreme discomfort, swelling, weakness, and sometimes loss of function in the affected area. While these types of injuries can be excruciatingly painful and life-disrupting, in many cases, insurance companies may attempt to trivialize soft tissue injuries or imply that a claimant is exaggerating in order to limit their financial responsibility. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to properly document your STI and maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve.
To strengthen you STI injury claim, it is important you do the following:
- See a doctor at once: As soon as you can after being involved in an accident, seek a thorough medical evaluation. A doctor will not only be able to help you identify and treat your injuries, but this will also establish the medical records you need to be able to prove your injuries were indeed caused by your accident. Be sure to include information about when you were treated, how severe your injuries were, who treated you, and how much your treatment cost you when filing your insurance claim.
- Keep a record of your pain: Soft tissue injuries can cause immense discomfort and make even the most routine tasks difficult endeavors. Be sure to keep a journal that documents specific hardships created by your STI, including days that your pain requires you to miss work and any follow-up doctor visits.
- Contact an attorney: By far the best way to improve your chances of securing compensation for your STI is by retaining strong legal representation. An attorney can help you negotiate with the involved insurance companies and handle any denials or delays that should arise on your behalf.
If you have suffered an STI, the Albuquerque personal injury lawyers at Berenson & Associates, P.C. can provide the powerful representation you need to maximize your potential financial recovery. To find out more about what our nearly 20 years of experience can do for you, schedule an initial consultation or call our office today at (505) 559-4117.