Soft tissues injuries are among the most common injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, but they’re also some of the most misunderstood. There are endless myths surrounding soft tissue injuries and the best way to deal with them after an accident; many of these myths cause accident victims to not take their injuries seriously, both from a medical and a legal standpoint.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident, you need to know the facts about soft tissue injuries so you can obtain the medical and legal support you need. Keep reading to learn three of the most important facts about soft tissue injuries, as well as how the award-winning team at James H. Brown and Associates can help you secure the compensation you deserve.
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Fact #1 – Soft Tissue Injuries Can Occur in ANY Accident
When it comes to car accidents, many people think that serious injuries only occur at high speeds. While it’s true that violent collisions have a higher likelihood of serious injuries, you can suffer a soft tissue injury in any motor vehicle accident. For example, many individuals have suffered whiplash-related injuries in accidents occurring at as little as 15 km/h; you can never “rule out” serious injury based on the speed at which the accident occurred.
Fact #2 – You Don’t Have to Be in Pain to Be Injured
Out of all the myths about soft tissue injuries, the myth that “if you aren’t in pain, you’re fine” is probably one of the most dangerous. The fact is that some soft tissue injuries take days, weeks, or even months to cause an individual pain or affect their quality of life. By this time, some soft tissue injuries can develop into chronic pain or other debilitating long-term conditions. Because of this, it’s absolutely critical to get a full medical diagnosis after an accident and to follow through with any prescribed treatment or follow-up appointments. The right medical care provider will be able to catch even hard-to-detect soft tissue injuries early from developing into serious conditions with long-term consequences.
Fact #3 – Not All Soft Tissue Injuries Are Capped
Many Albertans have heard about the Minor Injury Regulations and the Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols, commonly referred to as “The Cap.” The Cap limits the amount of compensation you can receive for certain types of injuries. Because of the Cap (and the misinformation and myths surrounding it), many injured Albertans don’t think it’s worth pursuing a claim after an accident.
However, Alberta’s Cap only limits the amount you can receive for “pain and suffering” for very specific types of soft tissue injuries. Other expenses like loss of income, the inability to perform housekeeping tasks, and long-term care expenses are not necessarily covered by The Cap, meaning accident victims can still get the compensation they need in many cases. Obtaining sound legal counsel after your accident is the best way to navigate Alberta’s injury laws and ensure your rights are protected.
At James H. Brown and Associates, we proudly offer a Cap Guarantee. If your case is impacted by the Cap, we’ll waive your legal fees. Contact us today for more information.
Soft Tissue Injury Law with James H. Brown
Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates has remained a trusted name in Alberta accident injury law. Our team understands firsthand what it’s like to be seriously injured, and has over 200 years of combined experience attaining justice and fair compensation for our clients in Edmonton, Calgary, and across Alberta.
Over the last three decades, we’ve learned that no two accidents are the same. That’s why we offer complete legal services and support for Edmonton accident victims and their families, including:
- Over 200 years of combined injury law experience, including an unrivalled record of success in Alberta courts.
- Complete accident investigation services, including evidence preservation, accident reconstruction, and more.
- Multi-disciplinary experts and specialists to fully diagnose your injuries and determine long-term impacts.
- Strong relationships with Alberta organizations ready to assist with rehabilitation and recovery.
- And much more!
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Sound legal advice is the first step on the road to justice. At James H. Brown and Associates, we make it fast and easy to access the legal advice you need, starting today.
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