Looking by the MIST – Minor Impact Soft Tissue Injury


As a personal injury attorney in California I, or an attorney anywhere else for that matter can tell you, low impact situations resulting in soft tissue types of injuries, including whiplash, are specifically red flagged by the insurance industry as situations meriting special attention. Such situations have been labeled by the code information MIST, short for Minor Impact Soft Tissue injury. The idea behind the MIST injury originated with insurance companies to allow for lower pay outs for claims resulting in little or no damage to the vehicles involved in an auto accident, and to also permit the insurance companies to pay less for injury claims that cannot be easily seen by the naked eye.

MIST situations are typically denied in their entirety by the defendants insurance company. If the MIST claims are not denied categorically, the defendants insurance company will often make an extremely low offer to settle, often not enough to already cover all the related injury expenses. This holds true already in situations where the defendant is clearly at fault in the accident. What can be already more frustrating is the fact that often, fault is admitted by the defendant in the accident. The insurance companies simply state that these low ball settlement offers are consist with what they see jury verdicts rendering in these kinds of related personal injury situations. As a consequence of the difficulty in litigating MIST injuries, many personal injury attorneys will no longer accept auto accident situations involving low character damage to a means when the injury involved is a soft tissue injury.

The difficulty of litigating soft tissue injuries creates a quandary, leaving an auto accident victim with only two options: accepting the insurance company settlement offer or proceeding to take the defendant to court. Although one does not have to accept an insurance company settlement offer, there are a several facts to keep in mind during the decision making course of action. The first thing to remember is that going to court involves a substantial commitment of time for both the representing attorney and the recovering client. The second idea to consider is that bringing a case to trial and ultimately by to a verdict is often costly in terms of the expenses required to so, including but not limited to the costs of specialists, medical experts, and accident re-constructionists. Thirdly, it must also be noted that litigation can be risky and that there are absolutely no guarantees as to a successful consequence. It is up to the client to request their personal injury attorney to proceed by a cost-assistance examination to determine if the case can be successfully litigated in a cost effective manner.

For victims of MIST injuries, it is important to include in an active discussion about the possible outcomes of the options comprising soft tissue litigation. It is also important that one question their attorney about the bottom line when obtaining advice for an appropriate course of action to best resolve the soft tissue injury case.

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