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How Much Will I Get for Pain and Suffering from a Car Accident?

A car accident caused by a reckless driver changes your life. Whether you face a long recovery or must deal with a permanent injury, what happened to you is not fair. Filing a civil lawsuit requires careful attention to the types of compensation you may need moving forward. From medical care to your emotional needs, a personal injury lawyer can help prepare your case for the best outcome possible.

Understanding Pain and Suffering

Recoverable damages for your car accident injuries generally fall under two main types of compensation: economic and noneconomic. A personal injury lawyer is familiar with both types of compensation.

Economic damages include such expenses such as medical costs. Medical bills have finite costs that are easy for insurance companies and jurors to understand. Noneconomic costs are more difficult to explain and quantify value as they are generally intangible damages.

Your accident injuries may impact your quality of life in such a way that you experience depression and anxiety. Many car accident victims suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), requiring them to take prescription medications and to seek counseling. The trauma they experienced stays with them long after their injuries heal.

In cases involving wrongful death, noneconomic damages can include loss of companionship. A personal injury lawyer can calculate and present the significance of this loss in a way that is relatable to your case and those deciding your compensation.

Civil litigation regarding pain and suffering is best left in the hands of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Securing the best possible outcome of your case is essential, making it a smart idea to retain legal counsel as soon as possible.

Protect Your Best Interests

Insurance companies may reach out and express that they understand your pain and suffering. They may then offer you a settlement with the hope you accept it, and they can close your claim.

They do not understand the extent of your true pain and suffering. The amount they offer is most likely not enough to cover your future care or to fairly compensate you for your suffering. A personal injury lawyer can have a member of their team evaluate your case for free. Should they proceed with litigation on your behalf, they know how to handle insurance companies and how to best represent clients.

Insurance companies try a variety of tactics to delay, deny, or underpay accident victims what they deserve. Personal injury lawyers are well aware of this, and they firmly negotiate for the compensation you deserve. While most personal injury cases settle out of court, the right personal injury lawyer is ready to take your case to trial, if necessary.

Serious Car Accident Injuries and the Impact on Your Quality of Life

The instant a reckless driver crashes into your vehicle, your life is never the same.

The serious impact of a traumatic crash can result in one or more of the following injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI): The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines a brain injury as a bump, blow, or jolt to head that disrupts normal brain function. A severe TBI can require that you place your loved one in a skilled nursing facility. The need for 24-hour care is costly, with many such facilities averaging more than $8,000 per month.
  • Spinal cord injury: This type of catastrophic injury often results in paralysis for many victims, requiring the use of a power chair and home modifications. The costs associated with a spinal cord injury can reach into the millions of dollars throughout the patient’s lifetime.
  • Broken bones: With more than 200 bones in the human body, the chance of breaking more than one in a serious accident is very real. The type of break can greatly impact the recovery time. A severely broken bone can require multiple surgeries, extensive physical therapy, and cause chronic pain.
  • Internal injuries: Internal injuries are very dangerous due to the lack of obvious symptoms soon after the accident. Internal bleeding, for example, can lead to organ damage if not diagnosed immediately.

These are just a few examples of injuries that not only result in physical pain—they can also result in mental anguish about your condition. The changes to your life due to the reckless actions of another person are not fair. How much compensation you receive depends upon the details of your case. While each case is different, holding those accountable for your harm is imperative for protecting your future medical and financial needs.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Joseph L. Benson II, Esq.
Car accident attorney, Joseph L. Benson II, Esq.
Calculating the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering is challenging. A personal injury can apply their skills and knowledge to prepare your case for negotiation or trial.

Your unexpected and tragic experience leaves you in no position or condition to handle your case alone. If an insurance company contacts you, refer them to your lawyer. Their high-pressure tactics to get you to accept less than you deserve only add to your stress. Trying to negotiate with them on your own can leave you without the funds you need for your medical care. A personal injury lawyer can handle the details of your case—and the insurance companies—allowing you more time to rest.

Benson & Bingham work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe the firm nothing unless we secure a successful settlement or award on your behalf. Contacting us for a free case evaluation can help you better understand your options for pursuing civil action. While there is no way to predict the outcome of your case, a personal injury lawyer can help you fight for justice and sufficient compensation.

The time for filing your civil lawsuit is short due to the statute of limitations. Do not miss your chance to hold those responsible for your pain and suffering accountable for their actions. Consider protecting your financial future and your need for ongoing medical care by contacting experienced Nevada injury attorneys: Benson & Bingham.

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