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Can I Get Money for “Pain and Suffering” in My Car Accident Case?

Posted by Goldberg Noone Abraham | Jun 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Being hurt in a car, truck, motorcycle or other type of motor vehicle crash can create a world you've not experienced before. You'll likely to be in a lot of physical pain, and in need of continued medical treatments and procedures to try to get your life back on track.

In doing your best to cover the costs of your medical expenses, which in serious injury cases may exceed tens of thousands of dollars, the help of a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can be an invaluable asset to have on your side.

But in addition to the physical pain you may be experiencing, you may also be entitled to financial compensation for what is called “pain and suffering” as a result of your crash.

In helping victims recover reasonable financial compensation for injuries suffered in a crash, there are 2 kinds of damages the Goldberg Noone Abraham Law Firm will fight for on your behalf – economic and non-economic damages. Pain and suffering fall under the category of non-economic damages.

Non-economic damages may include things like depression, anxiety, emotional or mental distress, inability to sleep and being unable to enjoy the same quality of life that you had prior to the crash.

There are no charts or tables to look up to figure out how much pain and suffering would be worth in each case we work on. One of the reasons you should consider hiring a good personal injury lawyer is that we know how to calculate the amount you may be entitled to, and we've spent the past 20 years helping our clients get the compensation to which they're entitled.

If your injuries are serious enough that they will affect you for the rest of your life, our law firm will hire a forensic economist to help calculate the amount we feel you're entitled to. These are experts in putting a valuation on things like not being able to perform the duties of a normal romantic relationship, or maybe enjoy playing sports or even doing chores around the house like you did before you were injured in a crash.

In the process of negotiating with the insurance company, their adjusters and their attorneys, Goldberg Noone Abraham attorneys working on your behalf will aggressively fight for what we feel are reasonable monetary values to compensate you for your pain and suffering. If we are presented with an amount that, together with the client, we feel is not satisfactory, we prepare a lawsuit and get ready to present that case in front of a judge and jury in trial.

Some things that are taken under consideration by the jury in determining the value of your pain and suffering include:

  • Will there ever be a time when you will be fully healed from your injuries, or will they affect you for the remainder of your life?
  • What activities can you no longer do as a result of your injuries?
  • What are the severity of your injuries?
  • What is the level of pain or physical discomfort caused by your injuries?
  • Will you need pain medications, physical therapy or other rehabilitative treatment for an extended period of time?

There are 2 primary ways our law firm calculates a fair and reasonable amount to compensate you for your pain and suffering. The per diem method uses a dollar amount which has been calculated as the costs for each day you have experienced pain and suffering, and then adds that by the number of days you have already been hurt, and will continue to suffer into the future. This method calls for the expertise of a life planning or life care specialist, a professional who works with us to determine how many years of life you likely have remaining.

The multiplier method is based on the amount of your economic damages. In other words, we will look at your total medical costs for treatment, your loss of income from being unable to work and other factors and use a multiplier formula to come up with what we feel is a reasonable financial settlement.

Don't Leave it to Chance – This Will Affect the Rest of Your Life

After a crash, your head will be flooded with questions about your future, and what happens next. You most likely have never experienced anything like this before, and will be overwhelmed with stress, fear and uncertainty. Because all motor vehicle crashes are different, you may not even need the help of a personal injury attorney, as your injuries may not be serious. But it only takes one phone call to find out, and we're always available at 239-461-5508 to speak to you personally.

If it's determined that you need our help, we may be talking about a significant amount of money – money that you may need to live for the rest of your life. You cannot afford to leave money on the table at this crucial time – having the right law firm behind you can make all the difference in the world.

We invite you to complete this simple contact form and one of our personal injury attorneys will contact you immediately.

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Insurers will do everything they can to keep their money when you need it the most. Do not let them have the last word. Contact our firm to talk about how we might help you with your case. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 239-461-5508 or write to us using our online form. We look forward to helping you move forward from a difficult situation.