Pain and suffering damages aren’t as easy to quantify as other damages (e.g., lost wages and property damage). Insurance companies may use any lack of evidence to downplay or deny your claim. They might question the severity of your injuries and argue that your pain and suffering are linked to pre-existing conditions.
That’s why you should first seek the help of an experienced car accident attorney. They can handle all communications and negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This protects your legal rights and prevents you from saying something that could jeopardize your case.
The value of pain and suffering settlements can vary depending on the severity of injuries and the impact on your life. However, here are two hypothetical examples of pain and suffering settlements from car accidents:
A severe crash caused a victim to suffer severe emotional distress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The individual experienced nightmares, panic attacks, and a significant decline in their overall mental health. After negotiations between the victim’s attorney and the at-fault driver’s insurance company, a settlement of $750,000 was reached. This compensated the victim for pain and suffering, mental anguish, therapy costs, and the impact on their daily life.
In another car accident scenario, a victim sustained a herniated disc in their spine. This resulted in chronic back pain and limited mobility. The individual endured months of physical therapy, steroid injections, and ongoing pain management treatments. The victim’s attorney fought for a settlement that would pay for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, medical expenses, and future care needs. After negotiations, a settlement of $500,000 was reached.