The unique factors of your case will determine how much you can ask for pain and suffering. Typically, if your accident-related injuries have substantially affected your life and well-being, you can seek more for this kind of damage.
One of the best ways to know how much you can seek for pain and suffering is by seeking out a free case review from our team. We can tell you what your case may be worth.
What Is Meant By “Pain and Suffering”?
This is a term in personal injury cases that refers to the physical or emotional pain caused by an accident and your injuries. You can seek compensation for pain and suffering if your injuries caused physical and emotional hardships.
It can be challenging to understand the value of your pain and suffering, as it does not come with an inherent price tag. However, there are several things that affect how much you can ask for pain and suffering in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
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Factors That Indicate the Value of Your Pain and Suffering
The cash value of your pain and suffering will be contingent on factors like:
- Your ability to work and earn a living
- Your future ability to work in your former profession
- Your ability to enjoy your normal hobbies and activities
- Your relationships with others and your ability to be intimate with your spouse
- Your household responsibilities
- Your mental health
- Your everyday routine
- Your independence
Often, if your life was substantially affected by your injuries, you can request more for pain and suffering. The exact value of these damages can be assessed when you partner with our firm.
We Can Prove the Value of Your Pain and Suffering from a Car Accident
Proving that you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering is crucial. You want to get the financial recovery you deserve – and not a penny less.
The more compelling your documented evidence, the stronger your case may be. We will employ the following methods to determine the cost of this expense:
- We will seek testimony from your doctors. A medical professional who has been treating you since the accident could describe how the accident affected your health and your life.
- We will interview people close to you. Your spouse, friends, co-workers, and family members can provide compelling evidence. They can attest to your mood and other related elements.
- We will total the values of your medical bills and other expenses. The more severe your injuries and medical costs, the more likely you experienced pain and suffering. Evidence of your medical care can support this claim.
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How You Can Promote the Outcome of Your Case
Keep in mind that certain actions can help you recover damages for pain and suffering.
Consider the following:
- Stay off of social media. An insurance company may scour for evidence to challenge your claim, and they may go to social media to do so. If you made posts that indicate you are feeling well or discussed the details of your injuries, you could be compromising your settlement’s value.
- Keep your appointments and continue with care. By establishing a clear record of treatment, you show that your injuries were connected to the accident. By continuing with necessary care, you show that you are committed to your recovery.
- Don’t give a recorded statement to an insurance company. It’s best to keep communications with an insurance company to a minimum so that your words can’t be used against you.
The insurance company might offer you money immediately after your car accident. Without understanding the value of your future expenses, you cannot know whether this offer is fair. Our team can manage the negotiation process so that you understand your options.
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You Have a Limited Time to Seek Pain and Suffering Damages
Keep in mind that you have a limited time to file a lawsuit in Georgia, per OCGA §9-3-33, so don’t delay in taking legal action. By getting started as soon as possible, you:
- Keep your legal options open, including your ability to file suit and pursue additional compensation
- Allow your legal team time to build a compelling case
- Reduce the chances of evidence becoming unavailable
The courts will dismiss your case if it is not filed on time, per the American Bar Association (ABA).
Call Kaine Law for a Free Case Review
You can learn more about how much you should ask for pain and suffering when you call our team. You can also ask us more about other damages you may seek in your case, like loss of consortium, disability, and disfigurement.
To begin your free, no-obligation case review, call Kaine Law today. We have decades of experience we are ready to put to work for you.