Attorneys for Soft Tissue Injuries After a Truck Accident
If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may have experienced soft tissue injury. Trucking companies employ a legal team and are well represented by their insurance company. In the aftermath of a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, you need to be proactive to protect your legal rights.
Contact the experienced team of Dallas truck accident attorneys of The Benton Law Firm to discuss how we can help get you full and fair compensation after your accident. We want to help you get the money you rightfully deserve to help cover your costs and care for yourself and your family. Talk to our experienced attorneys today about your case. Call our offices at (214) 777-7777 for a free, confidential consultation.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer After a Dallas Truck Accident?
It is crucial that you do not speak with the trucking company’s insurance adjuster or lawyer without your own representation. They are skilled negotiators who focus on reducing the financial liability of their company and the trucking company. You may inadvertently say something that negatively affects your case.
Engage the professional and reliable services of an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer from The Benton Law Firm. We work hard to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. When this is not possible, our experienced legal team is ready to aggressively litigate your case in court.
We recognize that compensation cannot repair your life. Yet, it can help support you and your family as you move through recovery. Soft tissue injuries can leave you unable to work for long periods of time, and therefore unable to provide for your family. Additionally, you’ll be faced with medical expenses and loss of property from the accident.
After a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation that covers your medical expenses, your loss of income, and your loss of future earning capacity. If the accident leaves you with injuries that require long-term care or therapy, you may also be entitled to future medical expenses. An experienced attorney can also help recover compensation for indirect costs, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment or disfigurement.
What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?
Soft tissue refers to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These are structures that help to connect, support, or surround hard tissue structures of the body. For example, muscles, tendons, and ligaments help to support bones and joints.
Many different activities can lead to soft tissue damage, but the most common are sports and exercise activities. Soft tissue injuries are either acute or chronic. An acute injury happens directly after an accident. The injury can become chronic if repeated daily activities irritate the muscle or tendon and it doesn’t have a chance to heal.
Soft tissue injuries do not include damage to internal organs. Although internal injuries are not uncommon after a truck accident, they are separate from soft tissue injuries. Internal injuries can include damage to the heart, stomach, intestines, or spleen.
How Do Soft Tissue Injuries Happen in Truck Accidents?
One of the most common types of soft tissue injury after an accident is whiplash. This is also one of the more serious. The proper medical terminology for the condition is cervical strain/sprain or hyperextension injury. The injury occurs when your head and neck move back and forth violently, which can happen anytime a vehicle much larger than your own hits your car.
Other types of soft injury can also occur when your body is thrown violently inside your vehicle after being hit by a commercial truck. Many drivers are unaware of how the significant difference in mass and size of a large truck can affect traffic safety. Trucks are often 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles. When traveling at speed, the mass increases the risk of injury and fatalities.
Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
There are several different types of soft tissue injury that you can sustain during a truck accident. The first is a contusion. This is a bruise to the soft tissue that is produced after a blunt force trauma to the area.
This can happen as your body is either impacted by something in the car or hit an area of the vehicle during the accident. It results in pain, swelling, and discoloration. The discoloration is caused by bleeding into the tissue. Initially, the coloring is black and blue. As the area heals, the bruise becomes more yellow and finally resolves. The bruising can show up lower than the area that was hit. This happens as gravity pulls the blood downward. For example, a contusion on the knee may result in black and blue areas below the knee.
Other types of soft tissue injuries that happen after acute trauma are lacerations, avulsions, and abrasions. These are different types of wounds where the tissue separates. This can lead to blood loss and infection. Bleeding may be severe enough to cause shock. Lacerations and avulsions often require stitches to heal properly.
Sprains are another form of soft tissue injury that happens when there is a partial tear to a ligament. This can be caused by a joint being wrenched or twisted. Sprains are more common in the ankles, knees, or wrists. However, during a truck accident, you may also experience a sprain in your back, shoulder, or hip.
Because these injuries do not involve internal organs or bones, some insurance companies try to pass them off as minor. Don’t let an insurance company deny your claim or pay you less than you deserve.
Truck accident cases can also be complex as there can be multiple defendants. For example, the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, company that loaded the truck, and/or maintenance company may be liable for the accident. To get fair compensation, your Dallas truck accident attorney may have to use several resources in an investigation to substantiate your case.
Contact The Benton Law Firm to Protect Your Rights After a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, contact The Benton Law Firm today. Our team is dedicated to serving the needs of our clients. We understand that everyone has a unique story, and we are ready to listen to yours.
Our legal team treats our clients with compassion, represents them aggressively against insurance companies, and fights tenaciously in court. Trucks are a way of life and share the road with vehicles much smaller and lighter than they are. We believe you should not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s actions, so we fight for justice and fair compensation. Contact our office today at (214) 777-7777 or use our online form to schedule your free, confidential consultation.