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How to Prove Pain and Suffering After an Accident

How to Prove Pain and Suffering After an Accident

Pain and Suffering After an Accident

Being involved in an accident can be a harrowing and traumatic experience — especially if you have sustained a severe or debilitating injury. If you are pursuing a personal injury claim after being in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to ask for compensation for your pain and suffering. However, pain and suffering in a personal injury claim can be challenging to prove. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Pain and Suffering in Personal Injury?

Pain and suffering can be defined as the physical and mental distress that someone has suffered from an injury. There are two ways pain and suffering can be categorized:

Physical Pain and Suffering — This can be defined as the physical pain from the injuries you have sustained. This includes the pain and discomfort that you have endured. It also includes the adverse effects that you are likely to suffer in the future due to another party’s' negligence.

Mental Pain and Suffering — This can be defined as the residual effects of the physical injuries. It can cause a victim to have negative emotions as a result of the physical pain and traumatic experience from the accident. Mental pain and suffering may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Humiliation
  • Embarrassment from physical scarring or deformities
  • Anxiety
  • Shock

Why is Pain and Suffering so Difficult to Prove?

When it comes to proving pain and suffering, there is one obstacle that can be hard to overcome — and that is, pain cannot be seen. Every person can feel and perceive pain differently. While your doctor can note symptoms such as having a limited range of motion or tenderness of your joints, it can only indicate pain and cannot ideally be quantified.

Insurance companies are notorious for giving pushback when it comes to compensation for your pain and suffering, which is why it’s critical to enlist the help of a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience dealing with tough insurance companies.

When You Need Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, our Clearwater personal injury attorneys are here to help. We have assisted countless clients across Florida receive the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering — and we’re here to help you too.

Contact Roman & Gaynor today at (727) 877-1212 to schedule a free consultation with our team.

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