If you sustain a personal injury due to another person’s negligence, you can obtain damages for a number of costs, including medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation fees. Many times, you can also claim reparations for “pain and suffering.” Given the abstract nature of pain and suffering, many personal injury victims can benefit greatly by consulting with a personal injury attorney to seek compensation for these damages:
How does pain and suffering differ from other personal injury costs?
Most of the time, damages can be determined by documentation. Medical costs, missing income, and rehabilitation expenses generally can be accounted for with records from the victim’s healthcare provider or employer. However, pain and suffering constitutes the physical or emotional stress caused by a personal injury, which often cannot be ascertained through paperwork. This is where an attorney can prove vital, as he can help a personal injury victim determine a claims amount.
How can you prove pain and suffering?
Pain and suffering may be proved through several means. First, you must provide extensive records of your medical injuries, including physician reports, medication expenses, proof of lost income, and photographic documentation of your injuries. Next, you and your personal injury attorney must calculate a pain and suffering amount based upon the nature of your injury and how it has impacted your quality of life. Some individuals add up their medical costs and multiply it by a certain number. Others break down their pain and suffering by a daily formula that configures how their injuries have prevented them from participating in daily activities.
A personal injury attorney understands both the concept of pain and suffering and what proof a court will need to determine that you deserve compensation for it. The Law Office of D. Hardison Wood can help you receive your pain and suffering compensation. To learn more about our legal services, or to speak with a personal injury lawyer, contact our Cary office today at (919) 238-4668.
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