Soft tissue injuries can be harder to identify than obvious injuries, such as broken bones, but the consequences can be every bit as serious and sometimes even worse. If you or someone close to you has experienced a soft tissue injury, the seasoned Miami injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help. For years, we have helped South Florida clients seek the compensation they deserve for their harm, and we can do the same for you.
A soft tissue injury (STI) refers to damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissues throughout the body. These injuries can lead to considerable pain and, in some cases, even a temporary or permanent disability. A very common example of a soft tissue injury is whiplash, a neck injury caused by a rapid back and forth movement of the neck (that often takes place in a car accident). Other examples of soft tissue injuries include sprains, strains, contusions, and tendinitis.
While many soft issue injuries are results of sports and other activities, many are also results of motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents. A Florida resident who has suffered a soft tissue injury due to another person or company’s wrongdoing or negligence may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party though a civil claim for damages. Under Florida negligence law, every person is required to take reasonable precautions and refrain from engaging in conduct that could cause preventable harm to others. Put another way, negligence takes place when a person causes a foreseeable injury to someone else by failing to exercise reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible person would act under the same or similar circumstances.
It is important to note that the plaintiff has the burden of proof in Florida personal injury claims. In order to win on a negligence claim, the plaintiff must offer proof that convinces the judge or jury by a preponderance of the evidence. This simply means the plaintiff’s evidence must convince the judge or jury that his or her version of events is more likely true than the defendant’s version of events.
In Florida, personal injury claims must be filed within a certain period of time, known as the statute of limitations. The plaintiff must assert a negligence claim within four years from the date of the accident. To prevail in such a claim, the plaintiff must establish the following elements: i) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; ii) the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff; iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the plaintiff’s harm; and iv) actual damages resulted.
Soft tissue injuries can have serious and long-term consequences for your life. If you or someone you love has suffered a soft tissue injury in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami soft tissue injury lawyers are well versed in all types of personal injury law and can put our knowledge to use in your case. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can begin working on your case. For a free consultation, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.
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