What is a MIST case?

MIST stands for Minor (or Minimal) Impact Soft Tissue. A car insurance company may consider any car crash that results only in soft tissue injuries and minimal property damage a MIST case. Typically, once an insurer makes a MIST designation, only small settlements will be offered. However, you don’t have to accept the initial settlement offer.

Types of MIST Injuries

MIST injuries include:

  • Whiplash. Whiplash is a serious neck strain or sprain that occurs when the force of a car accident causes your head to jerk back and forth. Whiplash can cause chronic pain, headaches, dizziness, memory or concentration issues, and sleep issues.
  • Sprains and strains. A sprain occurs when a ligament is torn or stretched, and a strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is torn or stretched. Sprains and strains may cause pain and limit daily activities. Your recovery may require rest, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.

These injuries are often harder to prove than broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. However, you may be able to make a fair recovery if you take the right actions.

How to Protect Your MIST Injury Recovery

The actions you take after a MIST injury are the same as the actions you would take after any car accident injury. Thankfully, your injuries are not as severe as other types of car accident injuries. However, you may still incur medical costs, lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and out-of-pocket costs.

The right evidence and convincing legal arguments can convince an insurer to settle your claim fairly. Important evidence includes, but is not limited to:

  • Pictures from the accident scene
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Police report
  • Medical reports
  • Expert witness testimony

Our experienced car accident lawyers will use this evidence to present convincing legal arguments to the insurance company. We will explain the value of your damages and fight hard to get you all of the compensation you deserve. Midwest insurers know that Hupy and Abraham means business and that we won’t hesitate to go to court to get you the full and fair recovery that you deserve.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation to ensure that you are doing everything possible to protect your car accident soft tissue injury recovery.


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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.