you have suffered an injury, you may not want to seek damages for
pain and suffering out of pride, fear, or lack of confidence in your
case. However, you are completely justified in seeking damages for
pain and suffering — even for minor accidents.
and suffering is not considered a form of punitive damages, but
instead serves a restorative purpose. Those who haven't suffered from
a traumatic experience such as a car accident often do not understand
the internal emotional battles that result. In addition to any
physical therapy, you deserve compensation for the changes that an
accident might have on your life.
with physical therapy you may never fully recover. If you previously
enjoyed intense physical activities, you may lose the joy you once
experienced due to aches and pains. If you are unable to stay active,
you may suffer deleterious health effects.
individuals who experience car accidents may not be able to get
behind the wheel again. This may lead to a loss of income
opportunities, depression (as a result of lost opportunities to
socialize), and a life that is generally less fulfilling. Even if you
are able to drive, you may not enjoy activities that you previously
enjoyed, such as touring the countryside.
extent of the damages will be based on how severe your injuries are
and how long you will suffer the effects of these injuries.
monetary compensation for pain and suffering may fall somewhere
to 400 percent of your medical bills, but this
calculation method — known as a multiplier — is only a rough
estimate. Some victims of accidents experience pain for years or even
decades after the accident and may receive compensation that doesn’t
fall within this range.
May Suffer Monetary Damages and Missed Opportunities
suffering an accident, the pain you experience will often rob you of
your ability to engage in activities you once enjoyed and pursue work
opportunities. You may also struggle to pursue relationships. By not
being able to participate in these aspects of life, you deserve
anguish is an aspect of pain and suffering. Examples of mental
may be allowed to collect for damages related to mental anguish, but
some states place limits on how much you may collect. However, if
mental anguish leads to a loss of income, you will likely be able to
seek compensation for it.
states have placed caps on damages that patients are able to collect
so physicians aren’t discouraged from practicing. However, other
states have avoided placing caps because they recognize that some
accidents can cause lifelong losses.
only reason why you shouldn't seek damages for pain and suffering is
if they are so minor that you do not expect the damages to be worth
the trouble. Working with a defendant's car insurance provider and
pursuing a settlement or lawsuit can be a hassle.
insurance providers typically do not want to offer compensation for
pain and suffering and may try to limit compensation if they are
forced to pay you.
with adjusters can be challenging. For this reason, work closely with
an attorney who has experience with cases like yours so that you'll
receive the compensation you deserve.
you are unsure of whether you may seek damages for pain and suffering
after a car accident, call Ringsmuth
Wuori PLLC for assistance. Our firm assists clients
across the United States.