How Much Do You Get for Pain and Suffering From a Car Accident?
The amount of money you can receive for pain and suffering from a car accident depends on the severity of your injuries and it can vary greatly based upon how your emotional injuries have affected your life.
After a car accident, many things can happen. You can suffer from serious, possibly life-threatening injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. Not only do the injuries from a car accident cause physical pain and suffering, but they also cause emotional pain and suffering that can last a lifetime.
When filing a lawsuit for your injuries in an attempt to get compensation from the other driver and their insurance company, you may wonder how much you can get for pain and suffering. The amount provided to victims varies from one case to the next and will depend on various factors. Not everyone who is involved in a car accident ends up receiving the same payout for the pain and suffering they have endured.
The Factors That Determine How Much You Will Get Paid
Several factors are taken into consideration to determine how much money you will receive for your pain and suffering. Some of these factors include:
- The current cost of your medical expenses
- The cost of future medical expenses you will accrue
- The extent of your injuries and the impact they have on you, such as preventing you from being mobile or causing issues with your memory
- Aspects of your case that are unique to you, such as the degree to which you can no longer perform, or no longer perform as well, activities that you routinely engaged in before the accident. These may be professional, social, recreational, etc.
- The degree to which your activities of daily living are restricted by your injuries
- In addition to inferences about pain & suffering that a jury can reasonably draw from the above, specific medical evidence of pain, such as pain management treatment and procedures, or documented related psychological/psychiatric treatment
When you have thousands of dollars in medical expenses and your injuries are so severe that they keep you from being able to work or have caused you to become disabled, you can expect to receive a higher payout. It is true that pain and suffering compensation is often much higher for those with extensive injuries that are much more challenging to recover from.
A car accident attorney would go over the list of your injuries, the impact your injuries have on you and your usual routine, and any other important information about your situation before coming up with a total to demand in pain and suffering damages.
The Best Steps to Take to Get the Most Compensation Possible for Pain and Suffering
When you want to make sure that you are getting the most money possible for your pain and suffering, there are a few steps you can take. You should be sure to do the following things:
- Maintain a record of all medical treatment providers seen along with dates of treatment and procedures.
- Keep a journal that clearly describes the many ways in which this accident and your injuries have caused a lot of physical and emotional pain and suffering for you.
While there is no guarantee that you will get the amount of money that you are expecting, being prepared with all the important documents relating to your accident and the injuries that occurred can improve your chances of reaching the best possible settlement with the other driver’s insurance company.
While trying to figure out how much to pay you, the insurance company will review all your medical expenses, add the total of those expenses together to get one lump sum, and then multiply that number by a figure used to determine the severity and extent of your injuries. Once they complete this process, they may provide an offer that you can consider, in light of the advice about that offer that your personal injury lawyer should give you. If you do not agree with the amount that the insurance company is willing to provide, your claim may be a good case to present at trial with your car accident attorney fighting for more compensation.
Hire an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
After getting into an accident, you may have suffered from multiple injuries to different areas of your body, along with emotional trauma that is taking a toll on your mental health and wellbeing. When seeking damages, you may want to receive some compensation for your pain and suffering, which has to do with much more than just the physical pain and suffering you have experienced.
Reaching a settlement is important, but you want to make sure you are receiving a fair amount of compensation based on what happened to you. At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we are prepared to work with you to get you the right amount of compensation for your pain and suffering. Call us today for an evaluation of your situation at (516) 932-0400. We look forward to helping you!