After being involved in an accident that was due to no fault of your own, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. A successful lawsuit will allow you to receive financial compensation for your economic damages and your non-economic damages. One of the many non-economic damages you can claim is pain and suffering. Read on to discover how you can be compensated for your pain and suffering and how one of the seasoned Queens personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of George Poulos can help make this possible.
By definition, what is pain and suffering in a personal injury accident?
Pain is suffering is the physical and mental anguish you may experience after your personal injury accident.
For example, physical anguish is the discomfort that you feel from your injuries. Such discomfort can cause difficulties in the ability to carry out your day-to-day activities in the same way that you used to before your accident. It can also cause difficulties in providing your loved ones with companionship or services in the same way that you used to before your accident.
This goes hand in hand with mental anguish, as this is the emotional distress that you feel because you cannot carry out the same day-to-day activities, provide companionship, provide services, or overall enjoy your life the same way you used to before your accident. Such mental anguish can be translated through fear, anger, embarrassment, anxiety, depression, etc.
Can I be compensated for my pain and suffering claim?
The short answer is, yes, you can be compensated for your pain and suffering claim in your personal injury lawsuit. Further, calculating how much compensation you should receive is not that simple. This is because there is no established formula on how to compute the value of non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. There is no real tangible evidence to help the New York court in their calculations, as well.
With that being said, the New York court will likely rely on its best judgment to determine how much financial compensation you rightfully deserve for your pain and suffering. Certain factors that they may take into consideration include the following:
- Whether you have sufficient witness testimonies.
- Whether you have sufficient evidence to support your argument.
- Whether you come across as likable or credible.
- Whether you are exaggerating your injuries.
- Whether you are exaggerating your pain and suffering.
- Whether you are exaggerating the events of your accident.
- Whether you provide a sufficient medical diagnosis and other medical documentation.
- Whether or not you have a prior criminal record.
To put your best foot forward when approaching your claim proceedings, you must hire one of the competent Queens personal injury lawyers. We await your call.