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Should I Include Pain and Suffering in My Car Accident Lawsuit?

Posted on : February 15, 2020

Car Accident Injury Damages

After you’ve been involved in a car crash, it’s critical to understand the different types of compensation that may be available — typically it’s just two. One for financial damage like medical bills and one for emotional suffering and physical pain. Here’s how to find out if you should include pain and suffering in your car accident claim. 

How Basic Damages Are Calculated After a Car Crash 

The most common damages sued for after a car accident are economic, or basic damages. Things like vehicle repair, medical expenses, lost wages, and unfortunately, funeral expenses if someone lost their life in the collision. You should receive itemized bills for each and be able to provide them to your lawyer for filing with your car accident suit.

How Will I Know If Pain and Suffering Is Included? 

When a car accident isn’t your fault and you’ve been hurt, you deserve justice and compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve endured. A personal injury lawsuit can afford you this type of compensation, but how much you receive is largely open to interpretation. The size of your settlement generally depends on how severe your injury was and how many challenges you faced during healing and getting back to day to day life.


How to Estimate Your Compensation for Pain and Suffering

The hardest damages to quantify in a car accident case are non-economic ones like pain and suffering. Since there’s no itemized bill attached to suffering, it’s largely up to the discretion of the judge and lawyers working the case. Your lawyer may propose that you be paid a dollar amount for every day you were in pain, or may suggest that your economic damages be multiplied by a factor of 2, 3, 4, or more to adequately compensate you for suffering. Talk with your attorney about what evidence you can bring to the table to properly illustrate your suffering so you can obtain fair compensation. 


How to Get Legal Protection After a Car Accident

If you or a loved one were hurt in a motor vehicle collision, it’s important that you seek legal advocacy as soon as you are able to. You may be eligible for both economic and non-economic damages depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries you or your loved ones incurred. This compensation can help you recover after a devastating collision. Call for legal help today at Chalker Injury Law toll free at 800-393-8595.

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