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Soft Tissue Injury Lawyer


The attorneys at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick possess a wealth of experience handling soft tissue injuries. Unlike obvious injuries like broken limbs, lacerations, amputations, internal injuries, or disfigurement, a soft tissue injury can be very difficult to appreciate or even diagnose.

Soft tissue refers to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that connect and support body structures. Often in motor vehicle collisions a victim’s neck and back are stretched and contorted and succumb to violent physical forces. These movements invariably rip, tear and/or stretch the soft tissues in the surrounding anatomical areas. These injuries produce a variety of symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms disappear within a few weeks or months but sometimes they don’t, resulting in herniated discs and joint dysfunction and yielding chronic pain and suffering that often eclipses the degree of pain and suffering associated with more obvious injuries.

Part of the reason that soft tissue injuries are more difficult to diagnose and treat is due in large part on the premise that they are generally not visible on X-ray. MRI and/or EMG testing are usually necessary to conclusively diagnose a soft-tissue injury, and testing of this nature often does not occur until long after the injury was sustained. Insurance companies and their attorneys are keenly aware of this medical shortcoming which often allows these billion dollar companies not to settle your claim or make negligible offers that do not adequately compensate you for your loss.

Be that as it may, the lawyers at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick know how to handle and maximize these claims. We have recovered substantial sums on pure soft tissue cases, and we have also found that many of these soft-tissue cases evolve medically into significant injury claims. We have also found that soft tissue injuries are painful and have a tendency to progress overtime. The full extent of these claims is often not apparent until well after the accident. These injuries can potentially interfere with your ability to work. In addition, treatment is expensive. Our firm spares no expense in gathering the essential evidence for your case, and we will retain all the necessary experts and specialists to make sure that your case is prepared properly to maximize the recovery you are entitled to under the law.

Our attorneys have found that the more information the court and the jury are provided, the better they will understand and be able to evaluate your injuries and their impact on your life, both financial and otherwise. With extensive information, jurors are more likely to render a fair and just award that will fully compensate you for all of your losses and ensure that you are not left without the means to properly tend to your medical and financial needs.

EXPERT REVIEW OF YOUR SOFT TISSUE INJURY – Our attorneys have handled hundreds of cases involving soft tissue injuries. Once you hire us for your soft tissue injury case, we will acquire your medical records and evaluate your claim. We will have your records reviewed by medical and other specialists. They will focus on your injuries and your economic losses to help the jury or insurance company understand your need for future medical treatment, surgeries, medication, household help, and the cost of all these items. Proper preparation and attention to detail helps ensure just compensation for you.

LIFE CARE PLAN FOR SOFT TISSUE INJURIES – To further maximize your soft tissue injury claim, we have a select number of our soft tissue injury cases reviewed by a Life Care Planner when appropriate. A life care planner will review all relevant records and conduct an examination in order to give an opinion as to your future medical needs, which are often the largest component of economic damages. These experts determine the medical and other services, equipment, and supplies that you will require for the remainder of your life. They then carefully research all of the items included in the life care plan to determine expected future medical treatment costs. Overall, life care planners assess and prepare our soft tissue injury cases so that judges, juries, opposing attorneys, and insurance companies may understand the true value of your case.

ECONOMIC DAMAGES FOR YOUR SOFT TISSUE INJURY – Our firm sometimes hires in retaining economic experts to accurately analyze your financial losses as a result of your soft tissue injury. These professionals calculate economic losses related to your soft tissue injury. They then apply specific medical inflation rates and consistent discount rates to determine the true value of your losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, household help, and other items. They will create economic damage assessments and incorporate the cost of continued medical care and lost services when applicable. These economic experts also thoroughly evaluate the impact your injury has on your loss of earnings, which may include a loss of fringe benefits, pension benefits, 401(k) plan, and union benefits. They rely on both national estimates and case specific facts to determine and calculate these losses. The economic expert is often essential in providing the court and the jury with all of the necessary information to fully understand your economic losses due to your soft tissue injury.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION EXPERTS – Oftentimes, the services of a Vocational Rehabilitation expert are helpful in explaining to the jury why a person with a disabling soft tissue injury has to work at a job with a reduced earning capacity, has a shortened work life expectancy, or is rendered chronically unemployable. It is the vocational rehabilitation expert who performs a comprehensive evaluation of any employment issues you may have in order to explain in court how such factors impact your ability to obtain or maintain employment over the course of your lifetime.

MEDICAL ILLUSTRATIONS FOR SOFT TISSUE INJURIES – Our attorneys work with medical art directors and certified medical illustrators to develop compelling visual aids and exhibits to present at trial. These greatly assist the jury in understanding the nature and impact of your injury. These medical illustrations turn complex medical information into visual presentations that captivate, educate and explain the anatomy and nature of your traumatic soft tissue injury, surgical procedure, or medical condition. This helps the jury understand your injury and the pain and suffering you endured and will continue to endure into the future.

CALL 1-800-EX-JUDGE OR E-MAIL US NOW for a free consultation if you have suffered a soft tissue injury or other type of injury caused by any type of accident or mishap due to someone else’s error or negligence. Our attorneys and staff will answer your questions and assist you with your legal claim. Our firm is DEDICATED to handling serious injury cases and providing our clients with the time and attention they deserve.


Our approach to practicing law is uncomplicated. We get the job done! Our clients get value for their money – something our founder, the Honorable Irwin M. Silbowitz (former New York State Supreme Court Judge), insisted upon when he established the firm. Every client’s case is treated with the utmost care.

RESULTS – EXPERIENCED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CASES: You need a law firm with proven trial results. Our track record speaks for itself.

PREPARATION – While many cases are settled beforehand, we prepare each case as if it will go all the way to trial. We know that failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

PERSONALIZED APPROACH – You will have direct access to a senior partner assigned to your case, as well as a paralegal and other staff.

PHONE CALLS RETURNED PROMPTLY – Our firm’s code requires us to return our clients’ telephone calls as promptly as possible, usually within one business day. We take your calls seriously and only accept a limited number of cases so we can provide you with exceptional and personalized service.

STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY – We use state-of-the-art computer generated trial exhibits to demonstrate to the jury important facts about your injuries. These medical trial exhibits incorporate your actual diagnostic films into the presentation. These visual aids accurately and graphically depict the nature and extent of the specific injuries that you sustained. In the old days, all we had were X-rays or MRI films to show the jury. These often appeared dark, unclear and difficult to see. Our trial exhibits allow the jury to see and appreciate the injury in living color as it is being described by the medial expert.

The colorization of your diagnostic films clarifies your injury for the jury. The injury or postoperative condition is imaged directly over the diagnostic film allowing for medical accuracy and permitting a side by side comparison. This gives the jury an unprecedented understanding of your injury and a framework to evaluate the pain and suffering that you endured. We incorporate into exhibits medical hardware that may have been installed in your body like plates, screws, rods and wires, giving the jury a better understanding of the pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life that you have endured.
In some cases we have even utilized 3-D technology in the courtroom, allowing jurors to see the actual surgery that has been performed on our clients, providing them with a perspective only available to the expert surgeon involved in your case.

HOME/HOSPITAL VISITS – We will send an investigator to meet you at home or at the hospital so we can begin an investigation as quickly as possible and expedite your claim.

NO FEE UNLESS WE WIN – We offer FREE consultations and we never charge a legal fee unless we are successful in obtaining a settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.

NO UPFRONT EXPENSES – Our firm advances the costs of preparing and presenting our clients’ cases. That means even though we have to pay litigation expenses that can amount to tens of thousands of dollars, we do not ask our clients to advance these expenses. They are payable upon the conclusion of the case.