In the legal world, the term “pain and suffering” is involved
in almost all accident cases. In car accident cases, for instance, “pain
and suffering” may have particularly broad applicability. While
it may be comparatively easy for a plaintiff to present evidence to secure
compensation for certain “out-of-pocket” expenses, proving
the existence of pain and suffering is much more intractable.
However, while pain and suffering may be difficult to determine, there
is an upside to seeking damages under this justification; a skilled lawyer
will be argue to establish pain and suffering in a range of accidents,
from less serious to more dangerous incidents. Keep reading for everything
you need to know, and
contact our experienced Dunedin car accident attorney at Paulsen Law if you have recently been injured in a collision.
What Constitutes Pain & Suffering?
Pain and suffering can include any lingering emotional or physical damage
one experiences following an accident. Although there are no specific
criteria constituting pain and suffering, the definition of the term may
encompass a wide range of ongoing ailments
Common examples of pain and suffering include:
- The pain from an injury itself
- The pain from long-term effects of an injury
- Treatments related to recovering from an injury
- Ongoing or lingering discomfort from an injury
- Limitations put on someone’s lifestyle related to an injury
Because pain and suffering is not only related to physical trauma but emotional
trauma as well, the above factors may also be applied to someone’s
mental state. For instance, physical scars may cause physical discomfort
or pain, but they can also stigmatize a person, putting them in emotional
suffering related to their injury. This may force them to seek treatment
not only for their physical scars but for the mental scars they suffer
from as well, through forms of therapy or other emotional support. This
could also be possible evidence of pain and suffering.
How Do You Determine Pain & Suffering?
Again, because pain and suffering encompasses a wide range of issues, it
may be hard to determine what pain and suffering looks like in a particular
case. For instance, in accident cases where one party sustained significant
physical damage to their person, including fractured bones of significant
bruises, it is easier to argue that there will be ongoing pain and suffering.
The greater the physical injuries are, the easier it will be to argue
that compensation for pain and suffering is warranted. However, following
accidents where the physical evidence is not as noticeable, it may be
harder to prove the presence of pain and suffering.
This is not to say it is impossible, however. As mentioned above, pain
and suffering may include ongoing discomfort, which can be harder to demonstrate
in a court of law, but may still prove an effective justification depending
on the effectiveness of your representation. It is also important to reiterate
the emotional aspect. If the trauma of an accident is great enough where
an individual is having nightmares, panic attacks, or is unable to function
in normal society, this may be used to prove pain and suffering.
Because Florida is a no-fault insurance state, it may be harder to prove
pain and suffering than elsewhere in the U.S. In most states, liability
following an accident falls on the person who is deemed at fault, and
they will be held accountable for all damages. In no-fault states like
Florida, however, you are unable to file a personal injury claim or collect
damages for pain and suffering unless your medical bills exceed a certain amount.
This is another reason why it is extremely important to seek the counsel
of a practiced attorney following an accident. Even if your medical bills
do not initially seem particularly high, you may be able to argue for
pain and suffering compensation if you will have ongoing costs related
to discomfort, pain management or rehabilitation, or emotional trauma.
Fight for Compensation, Hire a Lawyer Today
Following a car accident or other serious injury, you may be tempted to
settle your claim through insurance. However, while this might seem like
the easier option, it may actually prove to be cause more problems in
the long-run. Insurance companies are obligated to protect their bottom
line, so they will always attempt to make sure you receive the lowest
amount of compensation possible. In many cases, the insurer or the party
who was actually responsible for the accident will also argue that you
were at fault, and do everything in their power to avoid compensating
you entirely. A a lawyer can advocate on your behalf in a way your insurance
company simply cannot.
In addition to other damages related to pain and suffering, an intelligent
litigator may be able to help you recover costs related to:
- Medical bills
- Physical Therapy
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential
At Paulsen Law Group, our compassionate and tenacious
personal injury attorneys have over 15 years of experience advocating for clients in Dunedin and
across the Gulf Coast of Florida. From car accidents to
motorcycle accidents to
truck accidents and even
boating accidents, we promise to never stop fighting to make sure you receive every penny
you deserve. We also offer free consultations, so you feel completely
comfortable before committing to anything. Don’t let pain and suffering
control your life. Hire Paulsen Law Group today.
Dial at (727) 270-8260 now to speak to an attorney, or
contact us at your earliest convenience online.