How Can I Seek Financial Compensation for Pain and Suffering?
If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Colorado law entitled accident victims to just compensation for all accident-related losses, and this includes non-financial losses such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma, the psychological effects of permanent scarring and disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
So, how do you recover just compensation for your pain and suffering (and other non-financial losses)? In order to maximize your financial recovery, you will need to hire an experienced Denver accident attorney to handle your insurance claim for you. Due to the challenges involved in dealing with the insurance companies and the critical importance of securing adequate compensation for your losses, we cannot recommend trying to negotiate an award for pain and suffering on your own.
Working with an Experienced Denver Accident Attorney to Recover Compensation for Pain and Suffering
However, there are several steps you can take to help your attorney seek full compensation on your behalf. With regard to proving the financial value of your pain and suffering, these steps include:
- Learning What it Means to Experience “Pain and Suffering” – In the context of an auto accident insurance claim, “pain and suffering” is a legal term with a distinct legal meaning. So, in order to seek just compensation, you first need to know what is (and isn’t) covered. Our article titled, When Can You Seek Compensation for “Pain and Suffering” After a Car Accident in Colorado? lists 10 types of non-financial losses that qualify as “pain and suffering.”
- Documenting the Non-Financial Effects of Your Injuries – Since you can’t prove pain and suffering with medical bills and receipts alone, you will need other forms of documentation in order to prove your claim for damages. One of the best ways to document your pain and suffering is to keep a daily “pain journal.” Each day, write down the level and location of your pain and document any activities or events in which you are unable to participate as a result of your injuries.
- Seeking Medical Advice – While medical bills and receipts are not enough on their own to prove the costs of your pain and suffering, seeking medical attention is still critical to filing a successful claim for financial compensation. Your attorney can help you decide which doctors and therapists to see for treatment of the physical and psychological effects of your injuries.
- Listening to Your Body (and Your Doctors) – Pain is a symptom of physical trauma, and emotional suffering is a psychological condition that requires treatment and recovery. If you are experiencing pain and suffering after an auto accident, it is extremely important that you not put your body through more physical or psychological stress than it can handle.
Discuss Your Auto Accident Claim with an Attorney in Denver, CO
Are you entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering? If so, what constitutes “just” compensation for your non-financial losses? To speak with a Denver accident attorney at Levine Law in confidence, please call 303-333-8000 or request a free consultation online today.