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Soft tissue injury compensation- Lanark accident
Our client suffered a serious soft tissue injury. We worked closely with “CW” to ensure she received maximum compensation for her soft tissue injury. CW was a 38-year-old married woman with two teenage children from Lanark, Ontario. One day, her husband was driving their vehicle when a vehicle travelling in opposite direction swerved into their lane causing a collision.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
CW suffered soft tissues injuries to her lower back, hip, shoulder and neck. Prior to the collision CW suffered from a pre-existing back injury that prevented her from working for periods of time in the past. Unfortunately, because of her accident, her symptoms of back pain did not resolve and became worse. She continued to experience numbness and tingling in her arms and legs. In addition she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression that was causally related to the motor vehicle collision. CW was unable to return to work as Personal Support Worker. Thankfully she was able to go back to work on a part time basis as a babysitter.
Compensation for soft tissue injury :
After private settlement conference, we were able to get the insurance company to settle. CW received $157,000 from the tort action and continues to receive monthly Ontario Accident Benefits to cover her expenses.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Many people believe that soft tissue injuries are less painful and less severe that other injuries such as fractures; however, a soft tissue injury can have much more long lasting effects. Some soft tissue injuries can be life-altering and can leave individuals with the inability to return to life as they once knew it. After an accident, it may take days for the soft tissue damage to appear. Often times, our clients come to us and have symptoms but need to wait to see the full extent of their injuries. Often times, the soft tissue injury isn’t diagnosed until after x-rays, CT scans or MRIs have been performed. From there, often times physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy are often recommended. Our Ottawa injury lawyers know that it is important not to rush a settlement in a personal injury case where soft tissue injuries are involved. It’s important to have a full diagnosis so that the life long impact of the soft tissue injury can be determined and properly compensated.
If you are suffering from a soft tissue injury, it’s important that you receive proper medical treatments and that you hire an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer to ensure that your soft tissue injury is properly compensated.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyer settle cases almost daily. Here is a case Denis Alisic recently settled for our client , without having had to go to court.
Our Ottawa injury lawyers set out to help get our client what she needed: support and compensation for soft tissue injury. Our Ottawa injury team worked closely with “TP” following her accident. Our goal is to always ensure all our clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries and TP was no different. . TP was a 43-year-old single woman from Ottawa, Ontario. One day, she was driving her vehicle when suddenly she was rear ended.
Injuries Resulting From Accident
As a result of her accident, TP suffered soft tissues injuries to her neck and a head concussion. Unfortunately, her head concussion symptoms and neck pain did not resolve. She continued to experience sensitivities to light, noise and difficulties with attention and concentration. Despite her injuries, she was able to return to full time work as a teacher but with difficulties due to her symptoms.
A Soft tissue injury is known as the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, a one off blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body. Many car accidents result in soft tissue injuries. Often times, soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, bruising and loss of function. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers often meet with people who are suffering from a soft tissues injury.
Compensation for soft tissue injury
Although TP was able to resume her life, our Ottawa personal injury team knew that down the road our client may need compensation. There are some cases where soft tissues never completely heal and maximum compensation is needed . After private settlement conference, we were able to get the insurance company to settle. TP received $107,000 from the tort action and continues to receive monthly Ontario Accident Benefits to cover the costs for treatments related to her injuries.
Do I have to be examined by the insurance company’s doctor ?
Insurance companies have their own set of experts and this includes doctors. Typically , when a personal injury claim is made, both sides will prepare their case and part of this preparation involves having the injured party get a medical opinion on the extent of the injuries. The insurance company’s doctor will provide an assessment. Both the plaintiff and the insurance company will have their own medical specialists who will conduct a thorough medical examination. The findings of these independent medical examinations are then shared with the other side.
What is an independent medical examination ?
It is crucial that anyone who is injured and is attending such medical examinations tell the absolute truth and not downplay their injuries. No one wants to be injured, and our clients are often quietly suffering with their injuries. An independent medical examination can be stressful. We often recommend that our clients try to get a good night’s sleep the night before, bring a friend or a family member to help remember any questions or concerns that may pop up during the examination. Often times, we recommend that the person attending the examination with the injured party take detailed notes, if possible. Important things to note would be how long the examination was and what types of questions were asked of the injured.
It’s important that anyone who is in an independent medical examination knows that they need to stick to the facts. If they are unsure how to answer a question, that they don’t take a guess. It’s critical to stick to the facts and only the facts. Your personal injury lawyer can help you prepare for this examination. An experienced personal injury lawyer will walk you through the entire process and ensure that you are prepared properly for the independent medical examination. They will be able to provide you with examples of the types of questions that may be asked in an independent medical examination.
The bottom line is, this examination is only one side of the story and your case will also be looking at your own medical doctor’s notes , as well as a medical examination conducted by a doctor , who was hired by your personal injury lawyer. In the end all the evidence will be collected and the truth prevails. If you have any questions regarding an independent medical examination, feel free to contact any of our personal injury lawyers at www.ottawainjury.ca