Is it possible to claim for soft tissue bruising after being in a car accident?
You may be entitled to claim for soft tissue bruising, provided that the injury you sustained was a result of the negligence of a third party. By making a successful soft tissue bruise compensation claim you will be recompensed for the pain and suffering you experienced at the time of the injury, the impact that the injury has had on your quality of life and for any financial implications of being debilitated due to your accident.
In order to be eligible for claiming compensation for bruising of soft tissue, it must be proven that a party who owed you a duty of care was responsible for your injury. Although your medical records can establish that you have sustained a soft tissue injury, determining that a third party is responsible for your injuries through their negligent actions – or lack or action – can often be more difficult.
Seeking immediate medical treatment following your accident is a vital element of your soft tissue bruise compensation claim, because – as mentioned above – your updated medical records can provide proof of your injury. It is worth noting that any delay between the date the injury was sustained and when your injury was examined by a medical professional can potentially see the amount of compensation you are eligible for reduced to account for your own lack of care.
Establishing third party negligence can be achieved by completing a number of procedures following medical treatment. After a serous car accident, the Gardai would attend the scene and would take statements from all parties involved, including witnesses. If the accident did not require the presence of the Gardai, you should still make a report of the accident to your local Garda station.
For further support of your claim for soft tissue bruising, if you had to means to do so, you should have taken pictures of the scene of the accident. Additionally, CCTV footage may be accessed which could help in determining who was to blame for the accident.
It is understandable that gathering evidence of negligence may not be straightforward, especially when you are recovering from your soft tissue injury and your principal responsibility should be looking after your health. Therefore, you would be well advised in speaking with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor about the circumstances of your case at the first practical opportunity.
In the initial consultation – which most solicitors offer without charge – your solicitor could assess your case and establish your right to claim compensation for bruising of soft issue. If your claim is deemed viable, your solicitor could assist you where necessary to gather evidence that could substantiate your claim for soft tissue bruising, and could indicate how much compensation you may receive should your claim be successfully resolved.