After a car accident, the settlement you receive for pain and suffering will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
- What types of physical injuries you sustained
- What types of mental or psychological injuries you sustained
- How serious those injuries were
- Whether those injuries are temporary or permanent
- What evidence you have to prove your pain and suffering
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We can Help Fight for a Pain and Suffering Settlement
An attorney from our firm can help you seek a settlement for pain and suffering in several ways. This includes:
- Filing a lawsuit: We can complete all necessary paperwork to get the ball rolling on the case, including sending notification to the liable party.
- Collecting evidence: We know what types of evidence can persuade insurance companies and where to look for them.
- Quantifying damages: You can rely on us to calculate how much money you may be entitled to receive.
- Negotiate a settlement agreement: Your attorney can meet with the insurance company, work out a settlement, and prepare the agreement for you to sign.
- Going to court: If reaching a satisfactory settlement is not possible, we can take the fight to the courtroom and represent you at trial.
- Providing guidance: Our team is always available to answer questions, explain your legal options, and help you make decisions about the case.
Paying for Legal Services
Not sure if you can afford a lawyer? We make our services more affordable by:
- Evaluating cases for free: Everyone who calls gets a free case review. There is no cost and no obligation.
- Charging nothing up-front: We only charge you attorney’s fees at the end of the case.
- Working for a contingency fee: Our attorney’s fees are contingent on you recovering damages. If we cannot get compensation for you, then we waive all attorney’s fees.
We encourage our clients to ask as many questions as they need about fees or anything else before retaining our services.
Pain and Suffering is Only One Type of Compensable Damage
Pain and suffering is categorized as non-economic damage. Non-economic damages encompass all of the physical and emotional difficulties you experienced because of the car accident.
In addition to pain and suffering, you could qualify for non-economic damages, like:
- Scarring: Your injuries have permanently changed your appearance and/or physical abilities.
- Disability: The injuries prevent you from using your full range of physical or intellectual abilities on either a temporary or permanent basis.
- Reduced quality of life: You can no longer do everything you used to, including basic tasks of living or enjoyable hobbies.
- Loss of consortium: Your relationship with your spouse has changed for the worse because of the accident.
You could also be eligible for economic damages, which encompass all of the financial difficulties caused by the accident. They may include:
- Medical expenses: Your injuries required intervention from a general practitioner, a specialist, a physical therapist, a dentist, or another professional. You may also be reimbursed for certain medical-related travel expenses.
- Loss of income: You were unable to go to work after the accident and lost much-needed wages while waiting for your injuries to heal.
- Loss of earning capacity: You will never be able to work as much as you did before.
- Other expenses: You have to spend money on services you do not normally need, such as housekeeping or babysitting services.
These damages can apply to both personal injury and wrongful death cases.
What Else do I Have to Know to Get a Settlement?
Unlike non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases, which are limited as stated in GS §90-21.19, non-economic damages in car accident cases are unlimited. You can ask for as much compensation for pain and suffering as you (and our team) feel that your injuries warrant.
You should, however, begin the case as soon as possible. Any delay in the start of your lawsuit could jeopardize your ability to collect damages due to:
- The statute of limitations: Per GS §1-52, you must take legal action within three years of the accident.
- Lost evidence: The longer you wait, the more likely it is that documentary evidence will be lost and that witnesses will forget the details of what they saw.
- Tighter deadlines: The less time you give our team to build the case, the harder it will be for them to gather sufficient evidence.
Get Help from Our Firm Today
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can help you fight for a pain and suffering settlement after a car accident. For more information, call our office. We are available to evaluate your case at any time, and we never charge attorney’s fees until you have recovered compensation.