Can I Still Recover Compensation for Minor Injuries?
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Feb 20, 2021 in Car Accidents
Not all car accidents result in serious injuries or death. Some only result in minor injuries that many people do not believe warrant filing an injury claim. You still have the right to file a claim for compensation after these accidents.
It is important to note some injuries may seem minor at first, only to get worse later. That is why it is important to seek immediate medical treatment. For example, minor aches or pains in your neck may be signs of a significant soft-tissue injury.
If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence, call a South Bend car accident lawyer today to discuss your claim and see what your legal options may be.
What is Considered a Minor Injury?
Minor car accident injuries are generally referred to as “soft-tissue” injuries. This term covers a wide range of injuries that still require medical attention to keep them from getting worse in the future.
Some of the most common soft-tissue injuries include:
- Sprains – the stretch or tear of a ligament
- Strains – an injury to a muscle or tendon
- Contusions – the medical name for bruises
- Whiplash – happens when the head and neck are forced to move back and forth violently
These types of injuries can be dangerous if left untreated or treated improperly. If you are involved in an accident, you should always seek medical attention so that your injuries may be properly diagnosed.
Seeing a doctor may cost you money, especially if you do not have health insurance, but you may be eligible for reimbursement through a car insurance claim. You must prove your injuries were a result of someone else’s negligence.
Can I Recover Damages for Pain and Suffering?
In Indiana, you may be able to file a claim for economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages and damage to property. Pain and suffering damages, also known as non-economic damages, may also be available. These include things like mental and physical anguish you experience because of your injuries.
Every person’s pain threshold is different, which means a minor injury with little pain for one person could cause much more pain in someone else. That means recovering pain and suffering damages in a case with minor injuries may still be possible. You should speak to your attorney about your injuries and see what the best course of action may be following your accident.
Is it Worth Filing a Claim?
It is best not to make assumptions about your injuries. Some soft-tissue injuries may require physical therapy that requires you to leave work early or miss entire workdays depending on your schedule. A good attorney may be able to help you recover lost wages as well as the cost of medical bills to treat your injuries.
Let Us Help You File Your Claim. Call Today
If you are the victim of an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue compensation.
Our attorneys have recovered millions in compensation for injury victims and are prepared to help you recover the compensation you may be eligible for.
We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not charge you anything up front and only get paid if we recover compensation on your behalf.
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