Whiplash & Soft Tissue Injury Lawyer
For many, the diagnosis of a soft tissue injury is devastating but can be resolved fairly quickly with the help of medication and targeted therapy, allowing victims to return to their normal routine. However, some don’t experience the same level of healing, thereby dealing with an injury that causes them constant stress and strain in their daily lives. At Bergeron Clifford, we always encourage clients to call us to learn about their rights and discuss their cases with us, but in the case of whiplash or soft tissue injuries, we initially encourage them to give physiotherapy and the passage of time a fair try before pursuing a lawsuit.
Our reputation is rooted in our willingness to take on practical and vital cases regarding injuries that thoroughly impact our clients’ lives. When we do take on whiplash or soft tissue injury cases, it’s because physiotherapy and time have not cured the injury. It is still there, causing pain and disruption in a victim’s life. At that point, it’s our job to step in and help them with their personal injury claim for whiplash.
Important Factors in Whiplash and Soft Tissue Cases
The Circumstances of Your Accident
Whiplash can be caused by a wide range of incidents, including sports, a slip and fall, or a car accident. Each case can have various effects depending on the severity and the way in which you were impacted. For example, if you are in a motor vehicle accident, your injuries will depend on whether you are in the front or back seat of the car, and how close you are to the site of impact. A head-on crash will also move your body differently from a rear-end impact and may cause worse injuries.
The Stress on Your Body from the Impact
Whiplash involves both a violent forward and backwards motion of your head, similar to the movement of a whip. This strains your neck muscles and can possibly damage your brain. It may also be accompanied by concussion or shoulder injuries, and can cause fatigue and headaches.. You will likely feel fuller effects of the injury in the days after the event, initially the pain may not present itself.
Damage to Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons
Sprains, stretches, tears, and strains can cause severe pain for a long time after the initial incident. They can sometimes originate from repetitive strain on one part of the body while you heal, such as by putting too much stress on your right leg while walking with an injured left knee. It is imperative that you seek the advice of a medical professional who specializes in these types of injuries so that you receive optimal care.
Soft tissue injuries are often invisible, and the severity is much less easily identified when compared to other injuries. Regular tools for diagnoses, such as o X-rays,CTs, and MRI scans, may not reveal evidence that the injury not only exists, but is persistent and affecting your quality of life.. You may be told — and believe — that you should be able to recover quickly, while the truth is this might not be possible. In the event you need a soft tissue injury lawyer, the damage could have been affecting you for some time.
The Challenges of Living with a Soft Tissue Injury
Symptoms of whiplash and soft tissue injuries often appear within days of the incident rather than right away. It might begin with a stiff neck or pain in a specific area and gradually worsen, unable to be soothed by any number of treatments. Prolonged symptoms might cause you to lose some range of motion, causing any small movements to create a ripple effect of pain.
Your neck is a vital part of your body. It connects to both your head and back, making an injury in this area painful and possibly dangerous. Whiplash is a common injury resulting from car accidents, and the ongoing effects might mean the loss of the ability to maneuver your neck, causing any small movements to result in immediate agony. You could experience headaches that start at the base of your neck, have bouts of dizziness, or ongoing problems with fatigue. Ringing in the ears might cause you to feel disoriented, and blurred vision is also possible. Problems could occur in other parts of your body as well, such as in your shoulders, upper back, and arms.
Other Kinds of Soft Tissue Injuries
Our muscles and tendons create a barrier that protects our bones and allows for all kinds of movements. When these parts of our bodies become injured, it can severely impact the quality of life we are used to. These can happen in our joints like wrists, ankles, or shoulders, causing strains or sprains that require various levels of care. You might require a brace to help heal the affected area, or ongoing physical therapy to repair the damage. You might be suffering from a soft tissue injury if you struggle to bear weight in the affected area, feeling unstable when you walk or pick something up. It could be difficult for you to move this specific body part, and you will likely experience cramps and/or spasms, which can be uncomfortable and painful.
Personal Injury Claims for Whiplash and Soft Tissue Injuries
As with any sort of extensive injury, there can be a range of complications and, therefore, ongoing care associated with whiplash and soft tissue injuries. The goal of initial care is to control pain and restore the range of motion to the affected area. However, with severe injuries, the aching will likely be persistent and it can feel nearly impossible to resume your daily routine. You might have high costs associated with seeing physiotherapists, working with an acupuncturist to find relief, or scheduling regular chiropractic appointments to seek out a solution to your discomfort.
Compensation Based on Various Factors
The long-term effects of whiplash and soft tissue injuries can start with chronic pain, but they also range from lost wages and job opportunities to an ongoing need for medical care, uniquely designed braces, medications and, in some cases, mental health problems. Compensation in these cases is meant to help ease the burden of medical costs associated with long-term management. Working with a reputable soft tissue injury lawyer improves your chances of being awarded the compensation you deserve.
At Bergeron Clifford, we recognize that the lack of support and understanding can be difficult to deal with. We are here to help answer any questions you might have regarding the possible compensation of your injury. Please contact us for more information.
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Contact us at 866-384-5886 or fill out our online form if you have a persistent soft tissue injury in Eastern Ontario. Come to our offices in Kingston, Ottawa, Whitby, Carleton Place, Perth, or see if we can meet you wherever you are.
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