One of the most common types of personal injury cases seen by any Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, and also the most difficult, is the low-impact soft-tissue injury case. The insurance industry has declared war on this type of personal injury claim and made such cases difficult to pursue.
An all-out assault
The insurance industry has bombarded the media and the airwaves with commercials, public service announcements, and news stories designed to convince the public that runaway verdicts on personal injury cases for phony or excessive claims are a large problem. There is a large amount of criticism of the so-called “lawsuit crisis” and how it is out of control, and much of the American public has bought into it. As a result, these cases tend to be seen skeptically by juries and nowadays result in lower defense verdicts – in some cases, verdicts that are less than the established medical expenses in the case – than they have in years past.
Difficult to prove
Part of the problem is that if a collision leaves little to no damage on the car or on property, it is difficult for people to imagine how it could have had lasting damage on the people within. However, cars today are built with all manner of external safety mechanisms such as high-impact bumpers and collision-resistant materials, while people are made of the same soft tissue as always. These cases essentially need to prove to the insurance carrier or to the jury that the so-called low-impact collision caused a significant medical injury despite leaving almost no property damage. This is often a difficult pill to swallow.
Important steps to take if you are involved in this type of accident
Here are some important steps to take that will help your Fort Worth personal injury attorney help you recover:
- Describe to witnesses and law enforcement officials at the scene of the accident any unusual pain, bump, bruise, or feeling you are experiencing as a result of the car accident. Even if it’s not substantial, it will help set the stage if later on it gets worse. On that note, call the police if you are involved in an accident where the other driver is at fault. Police reports and accident reports are important pieces of evidence in personal injury car accident cases.
- Go to the Doctor right away, get evaluated, and obtain medical records. And just as important, if your Doctor recommends treatment or refers you to a specialist, make sure you go. It will be hard to later justify recovery if you didn’t take the proper steps to establish and correct the injury.
Contact a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer
For more information on what you can expect during your personal injury car accident case, contact a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer. Call Bryan Hoeller at 877-208-3382 for a free confidential consultation.
Attorney Bryan Hoeller is a former prosecutor and experienced trial attorney. He is an experienced Fort Worth personal injury attorney, state and federal criminal defense attorney, and DWI lawyer. For help or a question on a case, call 877-208-3382.