Soft tissue injuries can be frustrating for recent accident victims. These injuries are real and painful; however they are invisible to the eye. Unfortunately, many people think that a victim is only hurt if their injuries are physical such as broken bones, wounds, abrasions, or etc. For these reasons it can be very difficult when trying to prove soft tissue injuries compared to that of a broken leg. Good news though, it is still possible.
What is a soft tissue injury?
The best way to explain it, soft tissue is any area of the body that is not cartilage or bone. This includes ligaments, muscles, tendons, and even eye balls. The most common type of soft injury is whiplash, which occurs when the body is suddenly overextended. Car accidents are the most cases of whiplash and can result in neck pain, stiffness, pack pain and even cognitive tissues. Other types of soft tissue injuries include strains, sprains and contusions.
How can you prove negligence?
In a soft injury case the victim must prove 4 things.
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
- The defendant negligently breached that duty of care
- The defendant’s negligence was a direct cause of the accident
- The accident was a direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries
If you are a recent victim of soft tissue injuries, it is important to reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact Kevin Crooks today at (502) 583-6667.