Soft tissue damage is one of the most common injuries. As explained by Johns Hopkins Medicine, a soft tissue injury is an injury to a person’s muscles, ligaments and/or tendons. There are a number of different types of soft tissue injuries, including bruising, sprains, strains, and tendonitis. If your soft tissue injury was caused by the negligence of another person or business, you have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim—but these can be challenging cases. In this article, our Spokane personal injury attorney provides a guide to the most important things to know about soft tissue injury claims in Washington.
Know Your Rights: You Can File a Personal Injury Claim
In Washington, you have the right to hold a negligent party legally liable for your damages. Negligence can take a wide variety of forms—from distracted driving by a motorist to a property owner’s failure to remove a slipping/tripping hazard. You have the right to file a personal injury claim for a soft tissue injury. To get full compensation, you will need to prove:
- That the defendant bears liability for your accident; and
- The existence, nature, and severity of your soft tissue damage.
Know the Challenges: Soft Tissue Damage Can Be Harder to Document
Soft tissue injury claims are complex. One of the central challenges that injured victims face is that these types of injuries are somewhat more difficult to document. Unfortunately, defendants and insurance companies may try to downplay the severity and impact of your soft tissue injury. They may try to offer less compensation for rehabilitative care and/or for your pain and suffering. You can put yourself in the best position to get results by taking a proactive approach. Among other things, some of the key steps to take in a soft tissue damage injury claim include:
- Seeking immediate medical care;
- Carefully documenting your physical pain, suffering, and limitations;
- Attending all follow-up care appointments; and
- Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
An attorney will be able to review your case and help you gather and prepare all of the evidence that you need to prove liability and damages. Your accident should be carefully investigated by a lawyer. From there, your lawyer can work directly with your doctors—and potentially other medical experts—to build a comprehensive, well-supported case that helps you secure the maximum available financial compensation for your soft tissue damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney in Spokane
At Albrecht Law PLLC, our Spokane personal injury lawyer is standing by, ready to fight for your rights and interests. If you or your loved one has suffered a serious soft tissue injury, we are here to help. Contact us now for a free, no commitment case review with an experienced attorney. We provide personal injury representation in Spokane and throughout the entire Eastern part of Washington, including in Spokane County, Stevens County, Pend Oreille County, and Ferry County.