What is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering refers to the legal term for physical and emotional stress that is caused by an injury. This stress can be temporary after an accident or be a lifelong struggle to deal with. An injury can lead to aches and pains, depression, scarring and other long-term and emotional problems. These are real and potentially devastating consequences of car accidents. One of the biggest issues with seeking damages after a car accident due to pain and suffering is putting a monetary value on it. Pain and suffering can be tough to prove, and even harder to measure or quantify. Each case is different when calculating the compensation a victim can receive.
Insurance Company: Pain and Suffering
After an accident, you will need to communicate with your insurance company to determine the steps to get compensation for your injuries. Right after your injury, you will need to go to the doctor so that you can start receiving treatment. One common thought process is that the more medical care needed would correlate to more pain and suffering. Insurance companies are known for not granting compensation under pain and suffering unless there is some documentation from a doctor or healthcare professional.
Information Your Insurance Company Needs
To help determine pain and suffering, you will need a lawyer. An attorney can also help ensure you are doing everything you can to increase your chances of getting a quality settlement. At Rob Levine & Associates, our team has a vast array of experience in helping victims who have experienced pain and suffering. Insurance companies will look at the following when evaluating your case:
- Medical records
- Prescription records
- Documentation and photographs of injury
- Medical bills
- Receipts for over-the-counter pain medications
All of these will add up to the amount you could receive. So in the case of an accident, do not try to handle this alone. Get the medical assistance you need in addition to proper legal aid so that you can overcome this difficult challenge.