What are soft tissue injuries and how are they treated by insurance companies?
What exactly are soft tissue injuries? Get the facts from an experienced Phoenix injury lawyer:
Soft Tissue Injuries (STI) is a term that insurance companies like to use when referring to a claimant’s injuries that do not involve broken bones.
Insurers use the term “soft tissue injuries” in a somewhat dismissive manner: Well, your client only sustained soft tissue injuries (i.e. they are not serious and merit less compensation).
But what are “soft tissue injuries”? Simply explained, everything on the body that is not bone is technically a “soft tissue”. They are pulled muscles, muscle sprains, strains and spasms. They are torn muscles, ligaments and tendons. They are tension headaches caused by strained (neck/cervical) muscles.
The better terms is “connective tissue” injury.
The connective tissues often do not show up on x-ray, so insurance companies generally take the approach that these are not serious or lasting injuries. They argue that either minimal or no treatment is needed for healing.
At Zachar Law Firm, we have represented thousands of clients over the years with injuries that involves connective tissues only—no broken bones. We know that these injuries can be very serious, and life-long problems.
If you’ve suffered a soft tissue/connective tissue injury, you are making a mistake to not be seen my a medical provider. Whether due to a car crash, slip and fall, or other, make sure you get checked out. Early treatment can be the key to treating and healing for these injuries, and there is nothing more important than your health.
Medical providers that treat these injuries know that the insurance companies are wrong. They know that stretched muscles will lose the elasticity/flexibility without proper treatment, which helps increase blood flow to the damaged tissues and restore muscle strength and flexibility. They know that torn muscles will never properly repair themselves without the right medical care.
There are many different forms of injuries that can be sustained due to another’s fault. It’s crucial that you get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours in the past, with success. Having the right law firm can truly make all the difference in your case.
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