What Are Your Chances of Fair Outcome in a Whiplash Case?
What is a MIST case? A car accident that involves Minimum Impact and results in Soft Tissue injury.
A soft tissue injury is an injury to one’s muscles, ligaments and/or tendons. In other words, an injury that is not as visible or dramatic as some other kinds of injuries. In the case of an auto accident that prompts a possible lawsuit, we are usually talking about whiplash. Minimum Impact means less than $1,500 in damages to one’s vehicle.
An American Bar Association newsletter offers 10 good tips on MIST cases. The article is directed to attorneys, but people who have suffered a MIST injury will also find this information helpful. The article was published in 2007, but the information is just as relevant today.
Here are two of the 10 tips:
• Have reasonable expectations. It may be unrealistic in a MIST case to expect the sizeable awards or settlements that sometimes result from other kinds of injuries.
• Don’t start a MIST lawsuit unless you are willing to take the case to trial if necessary. Because MIST injuries are harder to prove, insurance companies will test you to see if you are hoping for a quick settlement with no intention of actually trying the claim.
Here’s the whole article: “Tips on Handling a Minimum Impact, Soft Tissue (MIST) Case.”
California attorney and law blogger Mark Blane says Allstate Insurance created the “MIST” designation in an effort to vigorously defend against such claims.
If you have suffered whiplash or some other soft tissue injury in an auto accident or another kind of accident, give us a call. If you have a legitimate claim, don’t be discouraged by the above information. MIST cases are harder than some other cases, but it is still possible to achieve a fair outcome. It just means that you need the help of an attorney who knows how to handle such cases. Contact us for a free consultation.