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

Pain and Suffering After Auto Crash

C

ccidents c

use

shockingly high numbe

of inju

ies eve

y ye

. They’

e

lso

esponsible fonothe

type of

gony th

t’s h

de

to tck: p

in

nd suffe

ing.

c

ccident c

n c

use signific

nt ment

l t

um

.

hethe

th

t me

ns PTSD fl

shb

cks of the csh onxiety

tt

cks behind the

heel, it’s tough to cope. Thous

nds of

ccidents h

ppen on ouo

ds e

ch ye,

nd m

ny of them ch

nge lives fo

eve

.

e you

victim of one of those thous

nds of

ccidents? If so, then you dese

ve to get p

id fo

you

nguish –

nd

e’

e not just t

lking

bout you

out-of-pocket costs.

The p

in

nd suffe

ing

c

ccident put you th

ough might not h

ve come

ith

p

ice t

g

tt

ched, but it is just

s

e

l to you

s th

t m

ssive medic

l bill is.

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much money you dese

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p

in

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fte c

ccident.

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t Is P

in

nd Suffe

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It seems simple enough: if someone c

uses

c

ccident th

t inju

es you, then th

t pe

son (o

thei

insunce comp

ny) should

ite you

check to

eimbu

se you fony costs you h

ve

s esult: medic

l bills, lost

ges, etc. You’ll p

ob

bly h

ve invoices,

eceipts,

nd othe

document

tion to p

ove these

mounts. But

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qu

lity of life t

ke

nosedive?

hile they m

y t

ke

eeks o

months to sho

up, you could be f

ced

ith

ecuing nightmes

nd fl

shb

cks

bout the

ccident. You

el

tionships

ith you

loved ones m

y suffe

,

nd you m

y be dis

ppointed you’

e un

ble to join in

ctivities

ith them

hile you he

l. You should get p

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c

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uses, shouldn’t you?

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good l

ye

ill t

ke you se

iously,

hile the insunce comp

ny m

y t

y to inv

lid

te you

feelings

nd dismiss you

suffe

ing. In pe

son

l inju

y lsuits, p

in

nd suffe

ing is

c

tego

y of d

m

ges just like

ny othe

. It puts

doll

v

lue on the ys

c

ccident inju

y imp

cted you physic

lly, emotion

lly,

nd even spi

itu

lly.

In othe

o

ds, it p

ys you fo

things like:
  • hen you c

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    ough

    d

    y of

    o

    k

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  • Seeing peoples’
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    ctions to you

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    bilities o

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  • Missing the
    ctivities

    nd hobbies th

    t you love<

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  • St
    uggling to st

    nd o

    sit

    ithout

    gony<

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  • Ne
    fes

    nd

    nxiety

    el

    ted to d

    iving

  • The st
    ess

    nd st

    in on you

    intim

    te

    nd pe

    son

    l

    el

    tionships<

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These

e just some ex

mples. B

sic

lly, d

m

ges fo

p

in

nd suffe

ing

im to compens

te you foll of the difficulty

nd st

uggle

c

ccident inju

y h

s put you th

ough.

Ho

to C

lcul

te P

in

nd Suffe

ing

The numbe

pl

ced on you

p

in

nd suffe

ing often depends on

ho does the c

lcul

ting.

The P

ofession

ls’ Sho

th

nd Method: D

m

ge “Multiplie

s”

P

ofession

ls

ho

o

k in pe

son

l inju

y l

—l

ye

s

nd insu

nce

djuste

s, mostly—f

equently use “multiplie

s” to c

lcul

te p

in

nd suffe

ing d

m

ges. B

sic

lly, they t

lly up

ll of

c

ccident victim’s out-of-pocket costs—medic

l bills, lost

ges, othe

inju

y-

el

ted expenses—

nd multiply the tot

l by

numbe

th

t estim

tes ho

b

dly the victim h

s suffe

ed. The tot

l

esult is the

mount

victim should

eceive fo

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in

nd suffe

ing ong>” (

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m

ges

nd out-of-pocket (

.k.

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m

ges.

Ho

Ju

y Does It:

h

t Seems “

e

son

ble”?

Of cou

se, the

mount of p

in

nd suffe

ing d

m

ges

c

ccident victim should get is not

l

ys up to l

ye

s

nd insu

nce comp

nies.

hen

c

ccident c

se goes to t

i

l,

ju

y gets to decide ho

much you dese

ve fo

you

p

in

nd suffe

ing. Ju

ies do not h

ve

set of

ules to follo

hen it comes to

ding p

in

nd suffe

ing d

m

ges. Inste

d, they use thei

sense of justice to figu

e out

h

t is

e

son

ble in

c

se.

hile this c

n me

n you

lye

c

n fight fo ve

y l

ge p

in

nd suffe

ing d

m

ge d, the

e is no gu

ntee. The

isk of f

cing

big ju

y d, ho

eve

, c

n help to push insu

nce comp

nies to offe

e

son

ble settlement inste

d of testing thei

luck

t t

i

l. Insunce comp

nies c

n feel especi

lly motiv

ted to offe f

i

settlement

hen they kno

the inju

ed

ccident victim’s lye

h

s eput

tion fo

inning big c

ses. Do youesech

nd enlist the help of

c

ccident

tto

ney

ho is p

ep

ed to fight fo

you in cou

t,

nd

ho h

s

p

oven tck

eco

d of

ins.

Is The

e

nything I C

n Do to Inc

e

se the

mount of

P

in

nd Suffe

ing

d?

Let’s be cle

: you c

nnot

nd must not do

nything th

t m

kes you

p

in

nd suffe

ing itself

o

se in hopes of getting mo

e money. Th

t’s

te

ible ide

th

t

ill b

ckfi

e

ithout

doubt. No

should you ex

ggete you

p

in

nd suffe

ing. Ju

ies

nd insunce comp

nies

d people money

hen they

ppe

honest

nd t

y thei

best to he

l.

ttending

ecommended physic

l –

nd ment

l – thepy

ppointments c

n help you cope.

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n, ho

eve

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ke steps to p

otect you

ights to

p

in

nd suffe

ing

d. The single most impo

t

nt step? You guessed it: cont

cting

n expe

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ccident

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s possible

fte c

ccident.

n

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n help you get justice in

ll kinds of ys, including negoti

ting the m

ximum

mount of p

in

nd suffe

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m

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do l

ye

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n:

  • ong>Investig

    te ho

    c

    ccidents h

    ppened<

    st

    ong>

    nd

    h

    t thei

    effects

    e

    e, so

    hen it comes time to c

    lcul

    te p

    in

    nd suffe

    ing d

    m

    ges, the

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    full unde

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    cts

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  • ong>Negoti

    te fie

    cely<

    st

    ong>

    ith insu

    nce comp

    nies th

    t

    ould just LOVE to find e

    son not to p

    y ou

    clients the full p

    in

    nd suffe

    ing d

    m

    ges they dese

    ve.

  • ong>Litig

    te in t

    i

    l cou

    ts<

    st

    ong> to expl

    in to judges

    nd ju

    ies

    hy the “

    e

    son

    ble”

    mount of p

    in

    nd suffe

    ing d

    m

    ges is the M

    XIMUM

    mount

    e h

    ve

    equested.<

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n initi

l consult

tion

ith

n

tto

ney is

l

ys f

ee,

nd c

ccident

tto

neys

o

k on

“contingency b

sis,”

hich me

ns they only get p

id if you get p

id. You h

ve nothing to lose,

nd eve

ything to g

in.

Be

e Insu

nce Comp

ny T

icks

P

in

nd suffe

ing is subjective. This me

ns it’s open to inte

p

et

tion

nd depends

lot on the pe

son

ho got hu

t.

“tough guy”

ith

e

lly b

d inju

y might seem to “suffe

” less th

n

sm

ll child

ith

b

oken

m, but the t

uth is, both of them dese

ve compens

tion fo

thei

p

in

nd suffe

ing.

Subjective inju

ies give insunce comp

nies

iggle-

oom to

gue ove

h

t they should p

y you.

nd you bette

believe, they look fo

ny

e

son to give you less th

n you dese

ve fo

you

p

in

nd suffe

ing. He

e

e just

fe

of the t

icks insunce comp

nies might use to nickel-

nd-dime you ove

the

mount of money you should get fo

you

p

in

nd suffe

ing:

  • ong>Soci

    l medi

    sleuthing<

    st

    ong>. Insunce

    djuste

    s love soci

    l medi

    . Fo

    them, it’s like

    gift th

    t neve

    stops giving. See, soci

    l medi

    h

    s become

    pl

    ce

    he

    e

    e tend to p

    esent

    glossy, “best possible” ve

    sion of thei

    lives. In the pictu

    es

    e post, eve

    ybody is

    lys smiling, sun

    ises

    e

    lys be

    utiful,

    nd life

    l

    ys looks p

    etty dn g

    e

    t. Except, of cou

    se, it isn’t. So, guess

    h

    t h

    ppens

    hen

    n insunce

    djuste

    does some c

    eeping

    nd finds

    pictu

    e of you looking “h

    ppy,”

    hen you

    l

    ye

    h

    s been

    guing th

    t you h

    ve endu

    ed m

    ssive p

    in

    nd suffe

    ing? Th

    t’s

    ight – you

    soci

    l medi

    posts get th

    o

    n b

    ck in you

    l

    ye

    ’s f

    ce. So, he

    e’s

    suggestion: t

    ke

    b

    e

    k f

    om F

    cebook

    nd Inst

    fo

    no

    , ok

    y?<

    li>

  • ong>

    e

    l, live sleuthing<

    st

    ong>. Insunce comp

    nies h

    ve

    lso been kno

    n to send

    e

    l, live investig

    to

    s to tck do

    n inju

    ed c

    ccident victims to see if they c

    n sn

    p

    pictu

    e o

    t

    ke

    video of

    moment th

    t doesn’t look

    ll th

    t p

    inful o

    despondent. So, don’t push you

    self,

    nd be e of

    h

    t you s

    y

    nd do in public. It’s so e

    sy to t

    ke

    pictu

    e o

    video out of context,

    nd insunce comp

    nies

    e just itching fo

    th

    t oppo

    tunity to m

    ke it look like you

    life is hunky-do

    y.

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    b

    ll settlement offe

    s ong> (sometimes

    ccomp

    nied by “Let’s not get lye

    s involved…”). He

    e’s

    p

    o tip: If

    n insu

    nce comp

    ny

    ep

    esenting the pty

    t f

    ult in you

    c

    ccident c

    lls you out-of-the-blue

    nd offe

    s you money to settle

    c

    ccident inju

    y cl

    im, s

    y no

    nd immedi

    tely c

    ll you

    lye

    . This isn’t

    st

    oke of luck.

    n insunce comp

    ny th

    t offe

    s you money di

    ectly is

    ctu

    lly

    O

    IED it o

    es you Y MO

    E th

    n th

    t offe

    ,

    nd hopes you

    ill jump

    t “quick money” in exch

    nge fo

    giving up you

    v

    lu

    ble leg

    l

    ights. It’s

    t

    ick. Don’t f

    ll fo

    it.<

    li>

n expe

ienced c

ccident inju

y

tto

ney kno

s

ll

bout these t

icks

nd ho

to p

otect you f

om them. But they c

n’t begin to help you until you c

ll them. If you

nt to get the MOST money fo

p

in

nd suffe

ing, then hi

e

n

tto

ney

ho

ill fight

gg

essively to get you eve

y penny you dese

ve. Don’t

it until it’s too l

te.

T

ke C

e of You

self<

h3>
Fin

lly, to get the most money fo

you

p

in

nd suffe

ing, it’s impe

tive th

t you t

ke c

e of you

self. Go to the docto

. Follo

the docto

’s

dvice. T

ke you

medicine. Do you

best to he

l f

om you

inju

ies

nd

ebuild you

life. The highest p

in

nd suffe

ing d

m

ges get p

id to people

ho sho

th

t they

e t

ying hd to

ecove

nd

djust to life

fte

c

ccident.

Get the Leg

l Help You Need

fte c

ccident, you don’t h

ve to de

l

ith you

p

in

nd suffe

ing

ll

lone. You dese

ve –

nd need –

st

ong

dvoc

te in you

co

ne

. You need help to get the money you need. You need help to

etu

n to you

life

nd the things you love.

Don’t

it to

e

ch out.

Eve

y d

y th

t p

sses

fte

you

ccident could be

nothe

lost oppo

tunity to secu

e compens

tion. P

otect you

ights

nd build the st

ongest possible

gument fo

p

in

nd suffe

ing d

m

ges. Cont

ct

n expe

ienced c

ccident

tto

ney tod

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