Your medical bills may be overwhelming and your lost income can make paying your bills impossible. Yet, these accident-related costs may pale in comparison to the physical pain and emotional suffering you endure after a personal injury accident. While it is impossible to put a precise price tag on this suffering, it is possible to recover for these damages if you know how to value them and what evidence should be presented.
How Pain and Suffering Damages Are Calculated in Virginia
Insurance companies and courts may consider the following things when deciding on the value of non-economic pain and suffering damages:
- Your specific injuries, how they impact your health and daily life now, and how they are likely to impact you in the future
- Your discomfort, fear, grief, and worry
- Any disfigurement you suffer
- Any humiliation or embarrassment you suffer
- Your past, current, and future inconvenience
You may prove the value of these damages using:
- Photographs of your injuries
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
- Journal entries you keep that document your daily pain and suffering
- Testimony or documentation from friends and family who witness your pain and suffering
Protect Your Rights to Pain and Suffering Damages
It is not enough to have strong evidence about the value of your pain and suffering. You need to have evidence that will convince the insurance company or the court to provide you with a fair recovery. Our experienced personal injury lawyers know how to gather, evaluate, and use evidence to settle with insurance companies or to convince judges and juries to award our clients the fair recoveries they deserve.
You have the right to recover damages for pain and suffering when someone else was legally responsible for your injury. To learn more about your rights and your potential recovery of pain and suffering after an accident, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.