You believe that the damages in your car accident claim are all easy considerations. You have medical bills laying in front of you relating to your accident and the treatment you have received ever since it occurred, proof of your lost wages, and many other damages that play a role in your everyday life ever since the injuries took place. However, there is one type of damage that you have not accounted for that plays a huge role in your life and has been holding you back in many ways: Pain and suffering.
You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, which is the emotional stress that you have felt ever since your accident. Perhaps the physical pain you have encountered is getting in the way of your everyday routines and you aren’t sure where to turn, or you have sustained psychological trauma. Maybe every time you get into a car now you feel intense fear or have flashbacks relating to the accident. No matter what, a car accident can have a huge and lasting impact on the rest of your life. Pain and suffering damages are separate from other damages you might have received for aspects like lost income or medical treatment expenses.
However, if you want to receive compensation for pain and suffering, it won’t come to you on its own. You’ll have to take initiative to receive medical attention so that you can document the effect it is having on your life with the help of your treating physician. You want to be able to prove that the symptoms relating to your pain and suffering are very real and that they have occurred after your accident.
Keeping Record of the Impact on Your Life
Showing pain and suffering is not as difficult of a process as it seems. No matter what type of damages you want to receive, you will always need to be able to provide evidence. For instance, if you want to receive damages for lost wages, you can’t just pull a number out of anywhere. You have to have actual losses and to be able to account for these losses in exact measure. You want to provide documentation such as medical reports, medical bills, logs of medical treatment, photographs relating to your injuries, and more. If it supports your claim it is necessary.
So, how are pain and suffering calculated? There are several methods:
Multiplier Method: This is when your total medical bills are multiplied by a chosen number based on how severe your injuries are. For instance, if you have sustained a permanent injury like being left paralyzed, they might be multiplied by a number like 5 instead of 1.
Per Diem Method: This is a formula based on daily suffering sustained in your accident.
Estimation: This is when the court makes an estimation based on the general costs related to your injuries. It depends on how serious your injury is and the toll it takes on your life.
If you have suffered physically and emotionally after your accident, you may have questions for us. Luckily, we have answers and want to help you get the most out of your case. At J.D. Haas & Associates, we want to help you every step of the way when it comes to your personal injury claim. Give us a call today to find out how we can help at 952-345-1025.