St. Louis Attorneys for Compensation for Pain and Suffering After a Car Accident
After being injured in a car accident due to no fault of your own, you’re left to deal with not only the tangible costs of your injuries but the intangible costs, as well. Car accidents are traumatic events. The emotional and mental effect that your injuries and your recovery from those injures have on you can be debilitating. Some families have to deal with the unfortunate emotional pain and suffering of losing someone they love in a car accident.
You should be compensated for the pain and suffering that you’ve had to endure in the aftermath of the crash and that you may even be dealing with right this second.
The experienced St. Louis car accident attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC have helped car accident victims and the families of car accident victims pursue compensation for their pain and suffering for decades. Contact us today to see if one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys may be able to help you hold the person who caused your pain and suffering accountable. Call us at (314) 963-9000 or contact us online for a free consultation.
What’s Considered Pain and Suffering?
“Pain and suffering” is related to the effect the car accident has had on you both physically and/or emotionally. Car accident injuries can cause serious, physical pain. That pain can be debilitating. The pain from your injuries can also affect you emotionally. Likewise, the traumatic experience of being in an accident can cause you to suffer from severe psychological and mental turmoil.
Proving Pain and Suffering After a Car Accident
The best way to prove your pain and suffering after a car accident is to present documentation showing the extent of your physical injuries and the impact those injuries and your emotional suffering have had on your life.
Many physical injuries that are commonly sustained in car accidents can’t simply be patched up by band-aids or quick hospital stays. Many car accident injuries require long-term medical treatment and can cause long-term pain. Some injuries may leave you permanently disabled. Providing documentation, such as your medical records, showing the severity of your injuries and all of the medical treatment you’ve had to receive can prove the level of pain you’ve endured. Letters from medical professionals or medical experts who have examined you can attest to the amount of pain you’re still living with each day due to your injuries.
Likewise, your medical records and documentation from medical professionals who have treated you after the accident can report the emotional suffering you’ve been enduring. If you’ve had to seek treatment for anxiety, depression, or other mental and emotional effects of the car accident, a record of that treatment and notes from your doctors contained in your medical records can provide proof of your emotional suffering. Similarly, testimony from expert medical witnesses can provide insight into how the accident and/or your injuries have affected you.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
When you’ve been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault and have to deal with pain and suffering because of your injuries, you may be compensated for it.
The at-fault party may owe you non-economic damages for your pain and suffering. This type of compensation also covers your:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of personal relationships (loss of consortium)
Families of victims who were killed in car accidents can also recover damages for their pain and suffering. This is known as loss of guidance, support, counsel, or instruction, for which families deserve to be compensated. The loss of a relationship with a loved one, such as that of a spouse or parent, due to their wrongful death in a car accident can cause immense emotional pain that can last for years to come.
In addition to potentially receiving non-economic damages for your pain and suffering, you may also be entitled to receive economic damages for your physical injuries and property damage. Economic damages cover your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages or income
- Loss of future earning capability
- Replacement of or repairs to your property that was damaged in the accident
You may also be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the person who harmed you. These damages are awarded in limited cases. To receive an award of this type, you must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the at-fault party either intentionally harmed you or that their behavior was a flagrant and deliberate disregard of the safety of others.
Assessing the value of your pain and suffering may not be as easy as calculating other losses related to your injuries. For your financial losses due to your medical bills for your accident-related injuries, you can simply add up the total amount of those tangible costs. Pain and suffering, however, are much more personal and subjective. There’s no clear-cut number that you can apply to the pain you’ve had to endure both emotionally and physically.
An experienced attorney from OnderLaw, LLC will be able to help you determine an appropriate value to place on your pain and suffering. Then they will work diligently to help you obtain full compensation.
How OnderLaw, LLC Can Help
OnderLaw, LLC operates in California, Missouri, and Tennessee, offering legal representation for a range of personal injury matters. For nearly two decades, we’ve fought to obtain over $4 billion in compensation for our injured clients. Our track record of success exemplifies the dedication of our attorneys and the hard work that we do for each and every client and their cases. At OnderLaw, LLC, you are our priority as we endeavor to help you get the justice you deserve.
Call the Experienced Car Accident Attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC Today
If you’ve been severely injured in a car accident due to someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. The car accident attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC can help you pursue the compensation you’re owed so that you can move forward with your life. Call a St. Louis personal injury attorney immediately at (314) 963-9000 or contact us online for a free consultation.