You’ve been injured, now what? The first thing to do is determine the type of injury you’ve suffered.

Soft Tissue

The term soft tissue refers to the tendons, ligaments and the muscles in your body. Soft tissue injuries may include tears, sprains, strains and general soreness. Even though these types of injuries are extremely common in accidents, they cannot be detected using x-rays. The victim may experience persistent pain, swelling and inflammation. New York State residents rarely, if ever, receive compensation for soft tissue injuries.


Broken bones or injuries that require surgery are considered severe injuries. The more serious the break or surgery, the higher the value of your damage claim. Some fractures may require surgery, physical therapy, and long-term recovery. In addition to the pain and suffering, bone injuries can lead to temporary or permanent disability which may lead to anxiety and depression. Severe injuries that occur in New York State are often compensated.