Whether you get sideswiped on the way to work or get rear-ended by a distracted driver, a single incident can leave you with long-lasting pain and suffering. It only takes one accident to forever alter one’s life. For this reason, it is important to understand what pain and suffering is defined as in the eyes of Florida law, as well as how you may be able to make such claims if you are unfortunately injured due to the negligence of others.
Defining Pain and Suffering
In the simplest terms, pain and suffering is exactly what you might imagine: physical or psychological injuries caused in an accident. As we all know, injuries sustained can run the gamut from cuts and bruises to the most serious of traumatic brain injuries. If your injury is serious enough that it impairs your life or has the potential to cause you long-lasting mental anguish, you may very well have a case to claim pain and suffering.
For accidents that do cause debilitating, traumatic injuries that may impact the victim for months, years or a lifetime, claiming pain and suffering in a suit against the responsible party is justified. Remember, however, that not all scars are physical and not all injuries can be healed through sutures and bandages. Sometimes an accident is so harrowing, it can leave the victim with depression, anxiety, insomnia and other forms of very real, often debilitating mental anguish.
Proving Your Case
Though you may think your pain and suffering is obvious, never pass up the opportunity to collect more evidence: every bit you can find helps. Police reports, doctors’ notes, journal entries, friends and relatives, photos and even eyewitness testimony can all be big players in proving your claims.
Likewise, if an accident has caused you to suffer pain and emotional distress, you can prove your symptoms in a court of law by providing a diagnosis by a trained medical professional and documenting symptoms of injuries.
If you are involved in an accident and believe another party is responsible for your pain and suffering, please do not hesitate to contact our personal injury attorneys immediately. We are here to help you recover what you are owed after the tragedy of an accident.