How is my pain and suffering compensated?
Pain and suffering is a type of personal injury damage that an injured person is entitled to get from the negligent party. Pain and suffering, which is short for physical pain and mental suffering, also includes things such as lost enjoyment of life, lost quality of life, and inconvenience. It is not a tangible economic damage like lost wages or medical bills, which can be calculated and proved with documentation. It is a measure of how much your injuries are affecting your life, including your relationships, hobbies, and daily activities. Although it is obviously much harder to prove than simple financial losses, certain evidence like photographs and testimonials from friends and family can be used to ‘prove’ the effects of your injuries on your life.
Proving pain and suffering
The more an attorney knows about you, your life, your relationships, your hobbies, the more effective that attorney will be in ‘proving’ your pain and suffering damages to the insurance company or a jury. This is why we really try to get to know you and ask questions deeper than just “Where do you work?” or “Are you married?” It’s not because we are meddling into your affairs for no reason.
We want you to be comfortable telling us all about how your injuries have affected your life (even though it may be embarrassing or private), because that is the only way that we can truly understand what you are going through. After all, if we don’t understand what you are going through, how are we going to be able to tell the insurance company or jury what you are going through?
Let an attorney evaluate your case for FREE
Some people just grin and bear it, but that doesn’t meant their injuries aren’t severe enough to cause them a lifetime of trouble for which they are entitled compensation. As most injury claims are unique, it helps to speak with an experienced injury attorney who can help you determine what is truly fair. Denver, CO accident attorney Richard Gama offers a FREE consultation to discuss your options and how to prove your pain and suffering after a car crash or other serious injury.