Calculating Pain and Suffering After a Mississippi Traffic Accident
Life after a traffic accident can be substantially different than before, and not for the better. Even the least devastating of traffic accidents can result in serious injury to the neck, head, and back that may put a person out of work and require a lengthy time to heal. People injured in traffic accidents often become depressed, suffering anxiety due to the trauma of the experience and their other injuries. These types of damages are serious and the victim may deserve to be compensated for them. But how are these damages determined? How much is a person’s pain and suffering worth when they are injured?
There is No Universal Formula
Unfortunately for the injured party, there is no standard set of variables that can be plugged into a formula to determine the correct amount that may be owed for general damages like pain and suffering. By their very nature, things like emotional distress, physical pain, anxiety, and stress stemming from an injury are hard to put into concrete numbers as there is no quantifiable way to show how much you have been injured.
Attorneys and insurance companies do their best to put your pain and suffering into a quantifiable number. Typically these parties will look to how much your life has been altered or affected by your injuries. If your injuries are permanent or are likely to last a very long time, you should in theory receive a larger award. Many insurance companies offer estimates for pain and suffering and emotional damages based on the estimated seriousness of these injuries and multiplying them for each day you have suffered.
Of course these calculations are imprecise and may not take all facts into account. There is no reliable way to calculate for these types of damages and most insurance companies tend to contest claims of such damages that they perceive to be exaggerated or overblown. This area then becomes a hotbed for contests over the amount that should be paid out and that is precisely where a personal injury attorney can be of use to you.
Contact a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney to Better Understand Your Recovery
Calculating the amount of damages that you may be entitled to after a traffic accident can be difficult. It goes beyond just paying hospital bills and doctor visits. Only an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney can accurately determine what you may be entitled to recover for after a traffic accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in a traffic accident and would like to better understand your options, contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice for a free initial consultation at (228) 374-9787.