Most people climb behind the wheel of their vehicle every day to get where they need to go and never give a thought to just what could happen because another driver is reckless, distracted, or careless. The fact is, every day there are 3,287 deaths caused by automobile accidents and an insane number of injured victims.
If you ever find yourself injured after an accident, it is critical that you speak with an attorney to ensure you are fairly compensated. Pain and suffering is a big part of car accident claims. Here are a few factors that could be considered when determining how much your pain and suffering after a car wreck is actually worth:
You experience anxiety now when you drive your vehicle.
Your car wreck was such a traumatic event that now when you climb behind the wheel of a car, you experience severe forms of anxiety or panic attacks. These problems can be relative to post-traumatic stress after such an event, and definitely will cause you a great deal of mental pain and suffering. Therefore, if you are dealing with problems driving after the accident, this is something you should be treated for and something you should bring up to your car accident attorney during your claim.
You suffered a major life change because of the accident.
A car accident is often viewed by insurance companies as a singular event. However, there are a lot of things that can happen like a domino effect after you are in a wreck, especially if you sustain severe injuries during the accident. For example, you may
- Lose your employment because you were without a car
- Become unable to perform your typical occupation and be forced to go without work
- Experience physical damages that change your relationships with others
To determine how much you should be compensated for pain and suffering with a car accident claim, just about all major life changes you were faced with will be considered.
Your injuries were so severe that you require ongoing therapy and treatment for pain.
Injuries after a car accident can range from minor to life-threatening and extremely painful. If the injuries you sustained are expected to cause you a great deal of pain for the long term, you could be entitled to a higher amount of damages. These injuries will affect you for a long period of time and change everything about how you live your ordinary life.
Contact a local car accident attorney for more information and assistance.