If you suffered a soft tissue injury, the insurance company could try to diminish your claim by improperly using the term “soft tissue.” First off, soft tissue is a very general term. It’s a term that is often misused. Soft tissue can be the brain or spinal cord. Those are soft tissues, and injuries to the brain and spinal cord can be quite severe and life-altering. Soft tissue injuries could also be severe burns to the skin, which can be extremely painful and life-altering as well. Connective tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are also soft tissue injuries. However, those can be quite mild with a quick turnaround in healing. Or, they can be more extensive and take longer to heal. If a person suffered a serious ligament injury or pulled muscles, that may require surgery. In which case, that can be quite pervasive and take a long time to heal. Once healed, the person may never be quite the same.
Insurance companies try to use the term “soft tissue” as much as possible to try to minimize an accident victim’s injuries in an effort to reduce the value of their claim or to avoid paying the claim. Therefore, the term is used improperly by insurance companies to reduce claims. It can make it much more difficult to get covered. For that reason, we try to use the term “connective tissue injuries” as much as possible.