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Is Pain and Suffering Awarded After a Minor Car Accident?

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Compensation for pain and suffering can be awarded after a car accident in Virginia with minor physical damage to the car.  Even so-called “minor” crashes can result in head injuries, whiplash, herniated discs, and broken bones.  However, it is especially difficult to prove and obtain pain and suffering damages in these types of cases without the guidance of a knowledgeable car accident attorney from our firm.

The legal term “pain and suffering” encompasses a broad range of physical and psychological effects after a personal injury. Physical pain can seep into every aspect of a victim’s existence– limiting their mobility and making life’s most basic tasks virtually impossible. Victims may be unable to concentrate and incapable of holding down a job– leading to serious financial struggles.

The repercussions of pain in day to day life

Physical pain is often accompanied by anxiety and depression.  If you are an active person who is rendered bedridden or temporarily incapacitated after a collision, it’s normal to experience some degree of emotional anguish.  This could lead to sleeping problems, mood swings, feelings of humiliation, and a loss of enjoyment of life.  The emotional component of pain and suffering deserves to be recognized and justly compensated.

Dealing with an insurance company after a car crash can be labor-intensive and confusing without sound legal guidance. This is particularly true when it comes to recovering compensation for your physical, mental, and emotional trauma. Our experienced car accident lawyers handle these types of cases all the time and understand how insurance adjusters evaluate general damages like pain and suffering.

Pain and suffering as non-economic recovery

Pain and suffering are categorized as a “non-economic” recovery. Damages for the loss of happiness, comfort, and emotional stability often require skilled legal help to communicate how to quantify these damages.  To secure fair compensation for pain and suffering after a minor car accident, you need a legal representative who can calculate your losses and justify and explain them with medical records and compelling testimony.

Factors that can influence a pain and suffering award:

  • Physical limitations that prevent you from participating in sports or hobbies
  • Negative impacts on your daily life
  • Long-term prognosis
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Potential shortening of life
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship
  • Psychological effects such as stress, depression or anxiety
  • Chronic physical pain
  • Damaged relationships due to your injury
  • Inconvenience

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A good car accident lawyer will be able to gather solid documentation that speaks to your physical pain and emotional anguish in the weeks after the accident. Witness statements, expert testimony, and detailed medical records can bolster your claim and the amount of money you secure for pain and suffering.

Get the compensation you deserve after a car accident, contact Rutter Mills for a free case review. We serve Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton Roads.

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