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When you are hurt in a car accident, there are a lot of things that run through your mind, but most people aren't focused on suing the other driver or their own insurance company. Unfortunately, because of the way the world works, most people find that they are given far less of a settlement than they deserve, especially if the accident wasn't their fault. I wanted to create a blog all about choosing a better accident and personal injury attorney, so that you can prevent longterm financial ramifications from your accident. I know that a lot of these tips helped me along my journey.


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Understanding Pain And Suffering After An Accident

by Willard Chambers

You may have heard the term "pain and suffering" many times. However, it has a particular meaning for those who have been injured in a car accident. Pain and suffering payments are not offered by the insurer. Instead, you must negotiate for it, preferably using a personal injury lawyer. To find out more about pain and suffering, read below.

Pain and Suffering: Let's Count the Ways

The best way to understand pain and suffering may be to look at some examples. Below are some common ways accident victims are impacted by pain and suffering. You will note that all these examples are connected to being physically injured in a vehicle accident:

  • It can be difficult to remain in a hospital for many. You may be unable to take care of yourself in the ways you normally do. You might be unable to feed yourself, sit up on your own, go to the bathroom, and much more. It can take time to get things back to normal again. The more serious your injuries, the longer that time will take. The discomfort you feel when you are dependent on others is pain and suffering.
  • Until a victim's injuries heal, they may be confined to home. That can mean missing important events like a child's graduation, ball game, weddings, parties, and more. The feeling and fear of missing out (FOMO) is real and can be described as pain and suffering.
  • Careers and work are important to many, but an accident could put a stop to that. Those afflicted with injuries may be unable to go to work. Moreover, they are also probably unable to meet with clients, participate in projects, or achieve work goals, and they may be passed over for a promotion. This is also pain and suffering.
  • Many victims are surprised at the level of chaos an accident will bring to their lives. However, some are more deeply affected than others. Many victims will suffer from sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, eating issues, moodiness, and more. When that happens, it also affects the victim's family. That is a huge part of pain and suffering.

What Else to Know

Speak to a personal injury lawyer about your pain and suffering issues. They will lobby the insurer for the at-fault driver to pay you what you deserve. The amount you receive could be based on the dollar amount of your medical expenses. 

Contact a firm like Blackwell Ruiz Injury Law to learn more.