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Compensation for your pain and suffering after an accident

A car accident can change your life in an instant, leaving you with physical injuries and financial losses that can affect your life in many ways. California readers who experienced the traumatic effects of an accident know that recovery can be extensive, expensive and stressful.

If you were hurt in an accident, you may have suffered in ways that were more than physical or financial. For many accident victims, the trauma of a serious crash can lead to emotional and mental scarring. If you are experiencing this as a result of your accident, you could be eligible for financial compensation for your pain and suffering.

What counts as pain and suffering?

Victims of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver could have grounds to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim. This allows a person to recover losses related to medical bills, property damage and more. Seeking damages for pain and suffering is for losses that are not necessarily economic. Grounds for seeking non-economic damages include the following:

  • Emotional or mental distress
  • Loss of companionship or loss of ability to enjoy life
  • Shortened lifespan or permanent disability

These are all significant effects from your accident, and you can hold liable parties accountable for the way this event continues to affect your emotional and mental well-being.

Calculating appropriate damages

You may believe that you have grounds to pursue financial compensation for your pain and suffering, but it can be difficult to determine how much that amount should be. As you build your claim, you may consider the following factors when calculating an appropriate amount:

  • The projected length of your recovery time
  • The severity of your injuries
  • Your ability to work and care for yourself
  • Any accident-related consequences that may affect you in the future

Proving that you have a valid claim to these types of damages is not easy, but you can strengthen your potential claim by seeking help as soon as possible after an accident.

Seeking the recovery you deserve

You do not have to suffer alone after an accident. You have the right to seek help for your injuries, including guidance regarding a possible civil claim. With help, it is possible to hold negligent or reckless drivers accountable for the harm you suffered in a motor vehicle collision, including emotionally and mentally.

It can be difficult to know where to begin after an accident, but you may find it useful to start with a complete evaluation of your case.

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