Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash are common in auto accidents. Although they can result in extreme pain that may last for years, insurance companies will often refuse to pay full compensation for these injuries because of the difficulty in proving them. If you have suffered soft tissue neck or back injuries following a car crash in the Myrtle Beach or Horry County area, your auto accident lawyer at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. will fight to help you recover full compensation from the at-fault driver.
What are Soft Tissue Injuries?
The most common soft tissue injury following an auto accident is whiplash. Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck and most often it occurs during a rear-end auto collision. Whiplash can heal within a few months for some people, but, for others, chronic neck pain and other complications can continue for many years. Symptoms of whiplash may include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and a ringing in the ears. Whiplash can result in further complications including traumatic arthritis, nerve compression, and further disc injuries in the neck.
Full compensation for a neck injury may include the costs of future treatments and surgeries in addition to medical expenses and chiropractor expenses incurred immediately after the auto accident.
Soft Tissue Injuries and Insurance Claims Reps
Whiplash injuries and other neck and back soft tissue injuries can be difficult to see with x-rays. If you cannot see the injury, insurance companies know that they can argue to a jury that the injury is being faked or exaggerated. Although the injured person may be experiencing severe pain and the injury may involve significant treatment costs, insurance companies will often deny the claim or make an extremely low offer to soft tissue injury plaintiffs. If the plaintiff insists on full compensation, the insurer may force the case to trial.
Imagine there is a tall building in the center of town with hundreds of employees working inside on any given day. One day, there is an earthquake that causes the building to shake violently. The employees are evacuated and, in the following days and weeks, crews evaluate the damage to the building. They find that there is no visible damage to the building’s structure. There are no broken walls and the building did not collapse. However, tests show that there is significant stress-related damage to the interior structural steel that could result in a later collapse or other complications to the building’s integrity. To make the building safe and to restore it to its pre-accident state, contractors estimate that it will cost upwards of $10 million to replace or repair the structural steel that has been stressed inside of the building’s walls. When the building’s owner makes a claim to their insurance company, they offer a sum of $5000 to settle the claim because they cannot see the damage that the experts claim has been done to the building’s structure.
The damage is there, whether it is visible or not. Like the building that has suffered structural damage, whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are very real. The at-fault driver in an auto accident is required to fully compensate their victim and, to the extent possible, restore them to their pre-accident condition.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer on the Axelrod team. Call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form today.