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What do pain and suffering damages cover?

When a person is in a car accident, it can change the course of his or her life. If this happened to you, you have firsthand knowledge of how one moment can leave you with physical, emotional and mental scars. It can be difficult to pick up the pieces and move forward after this type of incident, but many West Virginia victims find they are able to seek a fair recovery through a personal injury claim.

Every situation is different, and the types of damages you may be able to claim depend on your injuries and how they affect your life. While no amount of money can reverse what happened to you, securing compensation for your medical bills can help. You can also seek damages for other things you experienced in your accident, such as your mental anguish and emotional trauma. 

What is pain and suffering?

Through your civil claim, you can seek appropriate compensation for damages that are not measurable. The specific type of noneconomic damages you can seek depends on what you experienced as a result of your accident and how you can prove the extent of your suffering. One common example of this is pain and suffering damages. The amount you could get for pain and suffering depends on various factors, including:

  • Severity of your injury
  • How long your injuries will affect you
  • Approximate length of recovery time
  • Potential future surgeries and medical care needed
  • How it affects your ability to work
  • How the injury currently affects other areas of your life 

You may receive an offer from the insurance company or the liable party after your car accident. Often, these offers do not reflect the true value of your claim. It can help to remember that insurance companies and their clients are concerned about limiting their own liability and reducing their own financial obligations. You have the right to fight back and seek a better settlement that truly reflects what you actually need for a full and fair recovery. 

Don't wait to pursue justice

Personal injury cases are time sensitive. This means it is especially important for you to act quickly to seek the justice you deserve by moving forward with your case in a timely manner. As soon as possible after an accident, you may want to reach out for an assessment of your case with an experienced personal injury attorney and an explanation of how you should move forward.

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