Soft tissue injury claims make up the bulk of personal injury claims handled by many insurance companies. While templates and formulas are attempted, the very nature of “soft tissue” means that unique considerations may often be necessary, especially when dealing with complex or long-term soft tissue injury cases.
A soft tissue injury is defined as one involving injury to the ligaments, tendons, and fibers of the body that connect the skeletal bones. Ligaments are the bands of tissues that hold bones together, and tendons are cords of tissues attaching muscle to bones.
Soft tissue injuries, such as lower back pain from an auto accident, are difficult to prove because there is often no absolute way to document the presence of pain or suffering in these types of soft tissue cases.
In the coming weeks, we will present articles examining the various issues relating to these types of injuries, such as how to determine appropriate treatment, how to identify over treatment, identifying “chronic pain syndrome,” and other related conditions which can affect a claim. We will also identify some tactics that can be used, and the role of experts in dealing with, what can sometimes be very difficult soft tissue injury cases.
The next several articles will discuss:
- Part II: Determining Appropriate Length of Treatment
- Part III: Why do some claimants over treat?
- Part IV: What is Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS) defined and applied
- Part V: Fibromyalgia defined and applied
- Part VI: Mental Health relative to recovery
- Part VII: Other Medical Conditions that affect recovery
- Part VIII: Defending the Long Term treatment cases
- Part IX: Tactics
- Part X: Roles of the Experts
- Part XI: Questions to Ask
Author: Partners of Claims Resources and Solutions LLC publishes this article as a public service. It is provided for general information and is not intended to replace legal advice for specific cases.