Insurance companies often use the argument that your auto accident was low impact as a reason to deny your claim. The research does not support their assertion that low impact auto accidents do not cause serious injury and there is NO correlation between the amount of property damage done to a vehicle made of metal and glass and the damage done to the person inside who is composed of flesh and blood. In studies, even in cases where the damage consisted of scuffs in the bumper’s paint, it has been shown that people can sustain permanent, life-altering injuries.
Herman & Wells is experienced in educating St. Petersburg juries about injuries caused by low impact accidents and the life time of physical, emotional and social damage that can result. Insurance companies continue to spend millions of dollars on perpetrating the myth that little-to-no impact equals little-to-no injury. No matter the impact, if you suspect you have been injured in an auto accident, contact personal injury lawyer Herman & Wells today for a free consultation. Just because the impact to the vehicle was “low” does not mean that the person inside did not suffer trauma by impacting the steering wheel or headrest or sustaining what is known as a hyperextension injury. Furthermore, many other injuries are possible in low impact accidents.
To have the best shot at getting your damages recovered, you need to start treating as soon as possible to document the correlation between the accident and your injuries. While you may not have broken bones, head trauma or some other serious injury, the soft tissue injuries common in low impact accidents can necessitate a lifetime of treatment including physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, doctor visits, epidural or trigger point injections and even surgery. Sometimes, the cost of managing a lifetime of pain can far outweigh the damages caused by a fracture that has been repaired and healed well. Chronic pain can cause you to compensate for the pain in your movements resulting in a lifetime of susceptibility to further injuries. Further, chronic pain from soft tissue injuries can devastate work productivity, demolish someone’s hobbies and family life and cause a host of psychological issues.
While photographs of shredded cars and bloody injuries can be shocking, a great attorney is skilled in conveying the fact that your pain and suffering is just as real. Insurance companies hire expensive, skilled attorneys and, when the damage is severe, they will argue against property damage photographs being made available to be seen by the jury. When the accident is low impact, however, they will do whatever they can to introduce the photographs and try their best to convince the jury that low impact means no injury. Further, insurance companies and their lawyers often hire accident reconstruction “experts” to supply pre-fabricated trial testimony and present the low impact myth to the jury. Herman & Wells has a proven track record of handling cases in which the accidents were low impact and winning over the jury to get the verdict his clients deserved.
If you have been injured in a low impact accident, contact us today for a free consultation. You owe us nothing unless we recover your damages.