If you were injured in a car accident, you may have incurred medical bills and lost wages while you recovered from your injuries. If another driver caused your accident, you could be entitled to compensation for these expenses. However, you may also deal with pain and suffering that can include emotional distress and the inability to engage in activities you used to enjoy. But because pain and suffering doesn’t have a monetary value attached, it’s not always clear how these damages are calculated.
Determining Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Compensation for pain and suffering isn’t calculated in an exact way. However, a number of factors are used in awarding pain and suffering damages. The following facts can influence the amount of compensation for pain and suffering:
- How long you waited to get medical treatment after the accident.
- The severity of your injuries and the length of the recovery time.
- Your age.
- Whether you are credible as a witness.
- Whether your actions are consistent with someone experiencing pain.
- Whether you have any pre-existing injuries.
- Whether the injuries impacted your day-to-day activities.
- Whether the injuries impacted your ability to work.
- Whether the injuries impacted the relationship with your family.
- Your pain tolerance and the level of pain associated with the injury.
In order to build the strongest possible case, it is important to document all aspects of your pain and suffering. In addition, having an experienced car accident attorney on your side is critical for maximizing the pain and suffering award you could receive in settlement or at trial.
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