February 28, 2013
The majority of automobile accidents causing injury do not result in broken bones, herniated discs, or other medical conditions that can be easily visualized on an MRI or X-Ray. Most car accident claims involve whiplash type injuries or so-called “minor impact soft tissue” (MIST) injuries. These are neck and back sprains and strains typically caused by lower speed collisions. The particular amount of pain and limitation associated with these injuries is claimant specific, but many adjusters take a “one size fits all” approach to settling the claims. If you have sustained a cervical, thoracic, or lumbar whiplash strain/sprain, and are being presented with insulting offers by the at-fault driver’s automobile insurance company, or otherwise simply want assistance presenting your claim, contact the Raleigh automobile accident soft tissue attorneys of Maginnis Law at 919.480.8526. Alternatively, you may submit a confidential information request using our contact page.
Whiplash soft tissue injuries can be treated in a number of different ways, including through chiropractic treatment and physical therapy under the direction of an orthopedist. The strains/sprains themselves can be very painful and prevent you from doing your job. For example, you may be an office secretary and have a difficult time sitting down for hours at a time during the worst periods of your injury or a sales clerk who cannot stand for the entire day. This can result in both medical expenses and lost wages, which are each recoverable damages. Fortunately, the majority of soft tissue injuries will resolve within a relatively short period, usually several weeks. Most whiplash injuries are not permanent in nature.
Despite the pain and limitation associated with strains and sprains, many insurance adjusters will arbitrarily attempt to limit your recovery by arguing that you treated for too long, did not need some specific treatment, or should not have missed work. As an example, you may have incurred $4,000.00 of chiropractic bills for 6 weeks of treatment, only to have the adjuster say he’s only “allowing” $3,000.00 of bills, because he believes the remainder is excessive. It is important to remember that insurance adjusters are not doctors, and their word is not the final say. If you don’t like what an adjuster has to say about your sprain/strain claim, you can retain an attorney to represent your interests and, if need be, take your case to trial.
The Raleigh law firm of Maginnis Law handles all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay any attorneys’ fee unless and until we recover on your behalf. The firm offers free consultations and will travel to meet with you if necessary. We typically represent clients from around the Raleigh-Durham area, including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Chapel Hill, and Garner, but we do also accept cases throughout the State of North Carolina.
If you have sustained a cervical or lumbar strain/sprain and would like to discuss your claim, contact attorney Shawn Howard at 919.480.8526 or send a confidential email inquiry using our website’s contact page.