In most automobile accidents your car is severely damaged. However, that is not the only thing that is affected. With accidents, come injuries and with injures, come fees, pain and suffering. Therefore, in many cases, car accidents not only damage your car, but they affect you.
Personal injury cases then pursue your compensation on two levels, economic damgages and non-economic damages. Simply put, the things that cost money and the things that don’t. Economic damages include the property damage done to your car, medical expenses and lost wages due to your injury. Because getting hurt costs money you deserve to be compensated for those charges. However, non-economic damages most often refer to what is called, “pain and suffering,” or how you feel. It is difficult to decide how much you might receive for these damages, but you absolutely can file a claim for your well being.
Pain and Suffering
This type of settlement refers to two specific things :
- Physical pain
- Emotional trauma (anxiety, fear, depressed mood, etc.)
These are separate from your other medical expenses and can be difficult to define. For example, you can receive compensation for your present and future pain and suffering. But these do affect you and so it is important. That being said, here are a few tips in order to receive the most from your pain and suffering settlement:
- Receive consistent and thorough medical treatment.
- Be honest with your doctor. Tell them exactly how you feel, but do not feel the need to exaggerate. This can hurt your case.
- Document everything. Your insurance company will look through these files to determine your settlement.
- Keep a personal documentation of your injuries and recovery.
- Talk to an experienced attorney who can help you receive the most from your settlement.
If you have been in an accident and have obtained serious injuries, please contact us today. We offer a free consultation to help you understand your case and the money you can receive for your pain and suffering.