No one likes to be in pain and if you are forced to be in this state, chances are excellent that you are going to be resentful and angry at whoever is doing the forcing. You are going to want them to compensate you for the trauma that they've put you through and you want to make sure that the money that you receive is enough to sufficiently make up for the pain. As a result, if you have been in a car accident and believe that you have enough of a case to demand "pain and suffering" compensation, you want to ensure that the sum for which you ask is sufficient. Here are three factors to take into consideration when asking for "pain and suffering" compensation.
1. Type of Pain and Level of Discomfort
Even though both types of pain can be completely debilitating, a judge is going to find over-the-top, intense pain more compelling than a low level of pain that you can barely deal with for an extended period of time. As a result, if you are experiencing a low level of pain, you may want to ask for a slightly less amount of money, in order to seem reasonable to the courts. This is critical because if you seem like you are trying to take advantage of the defendant, then the judge may turn against you. Play it safe.
2. Duration of the Pain
Pain that goes on for a long period of time tends to merit more compensation than pain that only goes on for a short period of time. As a result, if you have a low level of pain, you will want to play up how long the pain will go on for. Low-level pain that has the potential to go on indefinitely can net just as much money as horrifying, intense pain. If you experienced great pain, but only for a short amount of time, you will want to downplay its duration.
3. The Experience Level of Your Personal Injury Attorney
If you have a highly experienced personal injury attorney, then you can ask for lots of money for compensation. If your personal injury attorney is less experienced, you may want to play it safer and ask for less. Often, the less experienced attorney will be less persuasive and have less clout in court. If you have a highly experienced, highly successful attorney, if you have a case, you can ask for practically any sum.
For more information, contact a personal injury attorney such as The Jaklitsch Law Group.Share