How Much is Your Sprain or Soft Tissue Injury Worth in an Accident Case?

Valuing Soft Tissue Injuries in Accident Cases

A “soft tissue” injury is an injury that causes damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons and surrounding tissue. Soft tissue injuries cause swelling, pain and bruising, but no permanent damage. The most common type of soft tissue injuries in auto accidents include: sprains; bursitis; tendinitis; and contusions. Sprains are by far the most common type of soft tissue injury that you see in auto accident cases. 80% of soft tissue injuries in tort cases are sprains. The settlement value of sprains and other soft tissue injuries depends on the grade of the sprain and the location of the sprain.

Grade 1 Sprain$2,500 – $5,000
Grade 2 Sprain$7,500 – $15,000
Grade 3 Sprain$15,000 – $75,000

Factors Impacting the Settlement Value of Sprains & Soft Tissue Injuries

Severity of Injury

The potential settlement value of soft tissue and sprain injuries in an accident case is driven by 2 primary factors: (1) severity; and (2) proof of fault.

Severity: If the victim suffered a more severe injury, leaving them without the ability to work or function for an extended period, the value of their case will be higher. Alone, soft tissue injuries have a limited settlement value because they don’t require much medical treatment. However, if the injury is combined with others from the accident that requires extensive treatment, it can add value to the case. Whiplash typically goes away within a few weeks. The healing process can often be achieved simply with pain medication and exercise. While other victims may experience lasting chronic symptoms.

Proof of Fault: Like most legal causes of action proving who was liable for your injuries can mean the difference between success and failure. A victim’s case may be worth much more if the defendant was clearly at fault for the accident. By contrast, if there is a valid doubt as to who was at fault for the accident, the case will be worth much less.

Sprain & Soft Tissue Injury Settlements & Verdicts




2019 – Maryland

Gas station collision. The plaintiff reportedly suffered soft-tissue injuries as a result of the accident.

$17,944 – Verdict

2016 – Maryland

Bus accident. As a result of the accident, the plaintiff suffered cervical sprain whiplash syndrome. The sudden force of the crash stretched and tore the muscles and tendons in the plaintiff’s neck. She also suffered tension headaches, muscle spasms, and tingling in both hands and her right leg.

$23,254 – Verdict

2015 – Maryland

Intersection collision. Plaintiff suffered headaches, neck, and back soft tissue injuries, low back pain that radiated to the right lower extremity, and neck pain.

$10,082 – Verdict