How To Settle Soft Tissue Car Accident Injury Cases
Our law office strongly believes that more often then not, it is in an injured victim’s best interest to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer if they have been hurt in a car accident. Personal Injury claims are diverse, and range in the types of negligence, and degrees of injury.
In soft tissue cases, you may or may not have a strong law suit depending on a number of factors. If you heal up quickly, your case may not be worth very much, or may be worth nothing at all. This is largely because of legislation which has been created for car accidents specifically, around what we call the “threshold”. For more information on the threshold, please read our article “What Does The “Threshold” Mean In Car Accident Claims?” The threshold is one of the most significant barriers to advancing certain personal injury claims and is especially relevant for soft tissue cases as essentially the defendant may argue that your case is worth nothing because it does not meet the “threshold”. In short, the “threshold” involves an increasingly high deductible on pain and suffering damages, and your injuries must have resulted in either death, permanent serious disfigurement, or a permanent serious impairment of an important physical, mental, or psychological function.
But Do I Need A Lawyer?
An experienced personal injury lawyer is statistically going to get you a lot more money in your pocket than if you were to represent yourself. Depending on the insurance company, the type of accident, and the nature of your injuries, insurance companies may outright deny any claims for damages, especially for self-represented people. Although it is not fair, that is generally how insurance companies operate. If they do offer a self-represented plaintiff a settlement, it is more often than not, far less than the claim is actually worth.
We live in the day and age where you can find nearly anything on the internet, including legal advice. We caution you to be extra careful and to not rely on everything you read on the internet. Law suits are complex and involve a significant amount of preparation, even with soft tissue cases. Law suits involve a significant degree of medical documentation and expert opinions, and there are many facets to a claim such as liability, damages, and causation for instance.
In most cases, it will be in your best interest to hire a lawyer. It always makes sense to consult with a personal injury lawyer for a free evaluation of your case, which we are happy to offer.
Whether you retain a lawyer or not, here are some things that may have to be done.
- Complete a written statement of the incident
- Produce pictures of the accident and injuries
- Collect all medical records
- Keep and produce expenses
- Engage in medical treatment
- Commence a formal claim
- Begin the discoveries process
- Attempt resolution
- Set for trial
While that list is in no way exhaustive, and is not legal advice, they are some things that may be a part of the claims process.
What If I Need A Lawyer?
If you cannot handle your own case, you should call an experienced personal injury lawyer and contact our law office. It will not cost you anything until settlement of your case. Our law office works on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless there is a settlement. In some cases, particularly small cases, you may or may not fare well without a lawyer. Regardless of your case, contact our law office for our thoughts on how you should proceed.