When someone is injured in an accident, there are often deep mental and
emotional effects that can impact a person for the rest of his or her
life. This is why personal injury claims allow a person to recover pain
and suffering damages to compensate for the emotional injuries that one
endures after an accident.
What is pain and suffering? It can include:
- Physical pain that you currently suffer from and are expected to feel in
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Damages for pain and suffering can be challenging to assess, so it is important
that you work with a skilled injury lawyer to help you determine the full
amount that you are entitled to recover. Your attorney can evaluate your
claim and provide insight into how an insurer calculates pain and suffering damages.
Examples of Pain & Suffering
A woman suffered from permanent scarring and disfigurement from a
car accident. The injuries are painful and permanent, which has led to deep depression
and embarrassment for the women. She also suffers from PTSD and is afraid
to drive, which impairs her ability to get to work and run daily errands.
- A man slipped and fell in a grocery store, severely injuring his back and
spine. He suffers from deblitating pain daily and finds it difficult to
sleep. This has negatively affected his quality of life and has caused
him constant anxiety and depression.
Evidence to Support Pain & Suffering Damages
Pain and suffering damages require tangible evidence. It is important that
you prepare a claim that includes solid documentation to prove your claim.
Some evidence that can be used to support your claim for emotional distress:
Journal entries: You should keep detailed journals about your thoughts, feelings, and
Prescription medication: Keep a list of all the medication that you are prescribed, including
those for depression or psychological distress.
Letters: Getting written letters from friends and families who have witnessed
your emotional decline can also help your case.
Mental health experts: If you are seeing a licensed psychologist, counselor, or psychiatrist,
having them write up an evaluation can provide credibility to your claim.
Discover the Value of Your Case
If you are interested in learning more about recovering pain and suffering
compensation from your personal injury claim, call our
Kingston personal injury attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor. We have successfully recovered
impressive settlements for clients from all walks of life in a wide variety
of claims. We’re ready to help you fight for your right to fair
compensation. Request your
free consultation today. There are no legal fees if we don’t recover any money for
you, so get started on your case risk free.