Soft tissues injuries are some of the most common injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. However, they are also some of the least understood; many of the myths around soft tissue injuries cause accident victims to not take their injuries as seriously as they should, both from a medical and a legal standpoint.
If you or a loved one have suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident, seeking medical attention and treatment is critical. Additionally, obtaining experienced legal counsel is the best way to ensure you and your family receive complete, fair compensation that allows you to move forward. Discover the most common myths around soft tissue injuries below, as well as how James H. Brown and Associates stands up for the rights of Albertans and helps accident victims attain justice after a serious accident.
Myth #1 – Serious Injuries Only Occur in High-Speed, High-Impact Accidents
While it’s true that injuries are more likely to occur in violent collisions, you can sustain soft tissue injuries in any motor vehicle accident. Individuals have suffered injuries in accidents occurring at as little as 15 km/h; you can never “rule out” serious injury based on the violence of an accident.
Myth #2 – If You’re Not In Pain, You’re Probably Fine
This may be one of the most dangerous myths of all; some soft tissue injuries take days, weeks, or even months to cause pain or affect an individual’s quality of life. By this time, some soft tissue injuries will have developed into chronic pain or other debilitating long-term conditions. For this reason, it’s critical to get a full medical diagnosis after an accident, and to follow through with any follow-up appointments. The right medical care provider will be able to catch serious soft tissue injuries early, and prescribe treatment and therapy to prevent them from developing into serious, debilitating conditions.
Myth #3 – Soft Tissue Injury Payouts Are Capped; It’s Not Worth Seeking a Settlement
Accident injury law in Alberta is extremely complicated. Most Albertans know about the Minor Injury Regulations and the Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols, commonly referred to as “The Cap,” and that it limits the amount of compensation you can receive for certain injuries. What many people don’t know is that The Cap only limits the amount you can receive for “pain and suffering.” Loss of income, the inability to perform housekeeping tasks, and long-term care expenses are not covered by The Cap, meaning accident victims can still get the compensation they need in many cases. Obtaining sound legal counsel is the best way to navigate Alberta’s complex legal system and secure the compensation you need to move forward.
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.
No two accidents are alike, and neither are victims’ injuries; that’s why we offer a complete range of services and support for our clients, including:
- An award-winning team of injury lawyers with an unrivalled record of success.
- Complete investigation and evidence preservation services, including accident reconstruction and analysis.
- Access to medical and occupational experts, able to determine the full impact of your injuries while providing critical documentation for your case.
- Strong relationships with organizations ready to help you and your family with rehabilitation and recovery.
- And much more!
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