Can I receive pain and suffering damages after a car accident?
Experiencing a car accident can leave a person with many different kinds of injuries, and these injuries may take many months or even years to fully recover from. In some instances, an injury is so severe that the victim is permanently injured. If another party is liable for the accident, then a court may award a settlement to the victim, or the two parties amy reach a settlement outside of court.
Many people use the term “pain and suffering” when speaking about personal injury settlements, but not everyone who uses the term seems to fully understand exactly what it means or how a person might receive pain and suffering damages.
If you recently experienced a car accident, or if your injuries from a car accident are causing additional burden on you as they heal, you may want to consult with an experienced attorney. You may have grounds to file a personal injury suit that includes pain and suffering damages, depending on the nature of your injury and the circumstances surrounding it.
What might qualify for pain and suffering compensation?
Intentionally, this is a broad category of damages to consider. Courts use this category to acknowledge that some aspects of an injury are intangible and that suffering should not go unanswered.
Car accident victims in South Carolina may qualify for pain and suffering damages if they make a compelling case. While each case must build its own claim, it is generally more effective to build this claim with as much documentation of your suffering as possible.
You may qualify for pain and suffering damages if you
- experienced great pain in the injury and recovery process
- suffer emotional distress from the injury
- experience mental difficulties because of the injury
- lost a friend or suffered a blow to your personal reputation in the accident
- suffered some physical disfigurement or ongoing disability or impairment in the accident
These are some of the reasons that a person may claim he or she deserves pain and suffering damages. Not all jurisdictions treat pain and suffering damages equally, so you may want to consult with an experienced attorney before you move forward with a pain and suffering claim.
Get help that understands
Filing a pain and suffering claim is almost always more likely to see success with the guidance of an experience attorney. With proper legal direction, you can examine your claim and identify its strengths.
An experienced attorney understands how to assess your claim and build a strategy to seek the damages that you deserve, while protecting your rights and privileges.