What is Pain and Suffering in Personal Injury Cases?
Between 20 and 50 million people suffer injuries in car accidents every year. These injuries encompass physical injuries, psychological injuries, and injuries which cause physical and/or mental pain and suffering. All these can result in lost wages, exorbitant medical costs, loss of companionship, temporary or permanent disability, loss of enjoyment of life, long term treatment or therapy, and permanent job loss. You may have heard the term pain and suffering but may not know the definition or be aware that pain and suffering is a key component of many personal injury cases.
From a legal perspective, physical pain and suffering is the pain an accident victim has resulting from actual physical injuries. It includes not just the pain and discomfort that has been endured to date, but also the detrimental effects that an accident victim is likely to suffer in the future as a result of the negligence of the party at fault for the accident.
Mental pain and suffering includes things like anxiety, anger, fear, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, and shock experienced after you have been involved in a vehicle crash. Any type of negative emotion that an accident victim experiences due to enduring the physical pain and trauma of an accident is categorized as mental pain and suffering. Debilitating conditions such as loss of appetite, lack of energy, depression, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, and/or sleep disturbances are common examples of mental pain and suffering. Severe mental pain and suffering can constitute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As with physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering includes symptoms experienced both to date and those that the victim will more than likely suffer in the future.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you may have a legal right to seek financial compensation for your losses. To do this, you’ll need a qualified car accident attorney to properly handle a civil lawsuit against the parties responsible for your injuries. At Whalen Hersh, we have represented many car accident clients over the years and recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Our goal in representing you is to establish a direct, meaningful, trusted and reliable relationship and secure a settlement for you that is fair and equitable.
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We understand how devastating injuries suffered in a car accident can be, and we will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the support you deserve, the medical attention you need, and the representation you depend on. When you suffer any type of injury as a result of a car accident, we think you should be free to focus on getting the treatment you need to heal. Insurance companies will often pressure car accident victims to settle a claim quickly, and for far less than what is fair. Our law firm exclusively represents clients against insurance companies and corporations in personal injury matters. Settling too quickly with an insurance company could mean that your injuries are not properly treated, especially if the effects of your injuries are not immediately apparent. At Whalen Hersh, we know how to properly calculate the value of your injury and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you’re looking for an experienced, compassionate, qualified attorney with a proven track record of success who will fight for your best interests, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your viable legal options. If you are due financial compensation for your injuries, our car accident attorneys are ready to provide diligent legal representation in pursuing your claim.
You can reach us in Denver at (720) 307-2666 or Colorado Springs at (719) 644-7000 to learn more. Our offices are conveniently located in the Denver Tech Center at 7955 East Arapahoe Court, Suite 2375, Centennial, CO 80112, and in Colorado Springs in the Alamo Corporate Center located at 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 1100. We look forward to assisting you in receiving fair and just compensation for your injuries.