If the other driver was at fault for your car accident, their insurance company is responsible for covering your pain and suffering damages. However, it’s not always as simple as it sounds.
For example, if you were involved in a crash with an uninsured driver, you may need to pursue pain and suffering from your own insurance company. That’s assuming you have uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage.
UM is required in some states and optional in others. If you’re in a state where it’s optional, consider adding it to your policy. It can pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Plus, it applies to hit-and-run crashes with an unidentifiable driver.
A pain and suffering settlement can vary depending on the severity of your injuries, required medical treatment, recovery time, and the impact your injury has on your quality of life. In most cases, the average pain and suffering settlement for a car accident ranges from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In many states, the amount of fault you contribute to a crash can also affect your total compensation. If you’re in a pure comparative negligence state, you can recover damages, even if you’re 99% at fault. However, your compensation would be reduced by the percentage of fault you contributed.
For example, if your total damages equal $50,000, and you’re found 20% at fault, you would be able to recover $40,000. If you’re in a modified comparative negligence state, you can recover damages as long as you’re not more than 50% or 51% at fault.