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Although car accidents are among the leading causes of personal injury for victims across the country, very few drivers actually get behind the wheel and expect to be involved in an accident or collision. For the most part, drivers are respectful and act in a way that shares the road responsibly with other drivers, pedestrians, and operators. Unfortunately, you may drive as safe as possible, but you have no control over other drivers that may throw caution to the wind, or those who drive recklessly or aggressively.
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Compensation You May Recover
Depending on the severity of the personal injury accident that you were involved in, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses directly following your accident, to the present, and into the future. Any medical expense that can be associated with your accident may be included in your settlement, such as:
If you had personal items that became damaged as a result of your accident, such as a car, truck or motorcycle you may be able to receive full compensation for the damages that were caused.
If you missed work as a result of the injuries that you suffered because of the accident, you may be able to receive compensation for the lost wages. Your lost income can be verified by you employer with a simple letter detailing the normal amount that you receive and how much work you had to miss because of your injuries.
Your out-of-pocket expenses include all other costs that are associated with your accident that you would not have had if your accident never occurred.These expenses may include the following:
It is important to remember that if you want to be compensated, you will need detailed records and receipts of all the expense that accumulated that were a direct result of your accident. Most people have heard of the term “pain and suffering,” but not many fully understand the concept, especially as it’s used in the legal sense. For those who have been injured and are pondering a personal injury lawsuit, this changes very quickly. Whether your injury came as a result of a car accident, medical malpractice, slip-and-fall, or other kind of accident, you would likely have a number of questions about pain and suffering and it’s role in your personal injury case.
What is Pain and Suffering?
The definition of “pain and suffering” has multiple components and includes both physical pain and suffering as well as emotional or psychological pain and suffering. Physical pain and suffering is easier for people to understand. It involves the victim’s immediate physical injury, but it also refers to the long-lasting physical effects that will color the victim’s life as a result of the negligence of the defendant. Keep in mind that physical pain and suffering is a completely different claim of damages than a claim for medical expense, though these are also usually part of a personal injury claim.
Emotional or psychological pain and suffering is so much more difficult for people to understand because there is usually not a visible marker for it. People who appear perfectly after recuperating from an injury may well still be suffering emotionally for years to come. Emotional pain and suffering can include any negative emotions arising from the trauma of an accident or from the injuries caused by an accident. Many people experience pain and suffering through the lens depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anger, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, or any other negatively impactful psychological state.
Doctors Play Key Role in Proving Pain and Suffering
There are no hard and fast rules on proving pain and suffering claims, but your doctor and medical records provide key context for any jury or insurance company reviewing your claim. Proving pain and suffering is virtually impossible if you did not initially seek medical care for your injuries. For this reason, the most important thing for you to do when injured is to be assessed by a medical professional right away. This is the safest for you physically, as it allows any injuries, including invisible injures, to be assessed and treated.
In addition to ensuring proper medical diagnosis and care, prompt medical assessment will provide key support for a pain and suffering claim. It’s important to document everything you are experiencing in the care of your injury, including symptoms, services and care received, doctor’s records, statements from the mental health professional who is treating you, receipts for prescription and OTC medication, and proof of lost wages. In addition, a personal pain journal can be very useful because it can show a history of your pain and the activities you have missed. Pictures of the injury over time can also be included.
The absence of a clear definition for pain and suffering and variances in the ways juries award damages for pain and suffering claims can be confusing. In order to ensure you are appropriately compensated for your pain and suffering, hiring an experienced personal injury is recommended. Our attorneys have decades of experience working with injury victims who are successful in their pain and suffering claims.
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