By definition, pain and suffering is a chronic and debilitating type of struggle, which may arise physically or mentally in the aftermath of a personal injury accident. Though difficult, there are means of proving its existence in the days, weeks, and months following your accident; alongside the plethora of other damages that came with it. Continue reading to learn what factors can be used to prove your pain and suffering and how an experienced Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you recover from any and all of the non-economic damages you may have endured.
What factors can be used to prove my pain and suffering?
Pain and suffering is considered to be a subjective, intangible loss. But this does not necessarily mean that you cannot recover a monetary award from it. Rather, you may rest assured knowing that the Florida court may still look at several factors in an attempt to quantify non-economic damages such as your pain and suffering. They read as follows:
- Your personal journal entries that were written in the days following your personal injury accident.
- Personal statements made by loved ones who know the contrast of your life before and after your personal injury accident.
- Photos of your physical features before and after your personal injury accident, if you incurred any physical disfigurements.
- Physical reports and evaluation from a trusted medical professional, if you are claiming extensive and severe bodily injuries.
- Psychological reports and evaluations from trusted mental health providers, if you are claiming any mental illnesses.
What other types of non-economic damages can these factors prove?
Of note, the Florida court does not set a limit on the amount of non-economic damages that you may claim in your personal injury case. With that being said, in addition to pain and suffering, you may ask the court to valuate the following:
- Your physical disfigurement.
- Your worsening of prior injuries.
- Your mental anguish.
- Your worsening of anxiety or depression.
- The humiliation of your physical disfigurement and/or mental anguish.
- The inconvenience of your physical disfigurement and/or mental anguish.
- Your loss of reputation.
- Your loss of companionship.
- Your loss of enjoyment of day-to-day activities or your overall life.
However, it is one thing to claim these damages, but it is another thing to receive coverage for them. Meaning that you must supply the court with sufficient evidence that you indeed suffered from these certain types of non-economic damages. After all, this is part of your burden of proof as a plaintiff in a personal injury case.
All in all, to be fairly compensated for your pain and suffering, you must turn to a skilled Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer. So please get in touch with us at Merricks Law Group, P.A. as soon as you get a free chance.