If you are injured in a car accident, one of the first things that you should do is contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and support your personal injury claim. Your personal injury claim may include pain and suffering. If you are wondering how you can prove your pain and suffering, this article is for you. Keep reading to learn how you can prove your pain and suffering.
What Is Pain and Suffering?
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to damages. Damages are monetary compensation. There are many different types of damages that you may be entitled to as a result of the accident. These damages may include lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer will understand your potential entitlement to certain types of damages.
Pain and suffering refers to the emotional and physical distress suffered because of injuries resulting from an accident. Pain and suffering can include the following:
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Damage to reputation
- Sexual dysfunction
Keep in mind that it is not enough to say that you are entitled to certain damages. You must prove your damages. Some damages are easier to prove than others. You may be able to prove lost wages with past pay stubs and medical bills by providing actual medical bills. So how do you prove your pain and suffering? Keep reading to find out.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you should contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. We understand the damage amounts that you can claim and how to prove your damages. This knowledge comes from years of experience advocating for clients. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
How Can I Prove My Pain and Suffering?
If you are injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you are seeking compensation for your pain and suffering, you will need proof to support your claim. How you support your claim depends on the unique facts of your case and how you are experiencing your pain and suffering. You may be able to use any of the following to prove your pain and suffering.
Your Own Testimony
You may be able to use your own testimony to describe your experience. You can describe your physical pain, emotional trauma, and any psychological harm that the accident caused. You may have to come up with different examples to support your descriptions of the different types of pain and suffering.
Your lawyer may advise you to keep a journal about your experience. This journal can help you remember what you experienced during the accident, immediately following the accident, and during your recovery from the accident.
Testimony from Others
Your family, friends, and coworkers may all be able to provide insight regarding your life. These people may be able to describe how you were before and after the accident. This testimony can be highly personal and help to create a vivid picture of the impact of the accident on a person’s life.
Physicians may also be able to provide testimony regarding the severity of your injuries and your treatment. Mental health professionals may be able to provide evidence regarding the emotional impact of the accident and any resulting pain and disability.
Medical records can be helpful to document how a patient reported feeling and to provide a record of how a patient rated their pain. This can provide a record for a short or long period of time depending on the patient’s recovery. Medical records may also include information about pain relief medication. You may be able to use records from the following:
- Emergency room
- Quick care clinics
- Physical therapy
- Mental health care
Photographs and Video
You may be able to use photographs and/or videos to support your claim for pain and suffering damages. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” can be especially true in personal injury cases. Showing your pain and suffering may be just as persuasive as providing testimony regarding the pain and suffering.
It is one thing to describe an accident, it is another thing to show a picture of the accident to a judge or jury. Similarly, it is one thing to describe an injury. Showing a photograph or video of an injury provides support to the claim of the injury.
Any Other Relevant Evidence
If you have relevant evidence that supports your pain and suffering claim, then you may be able to use it to prove your pain and suffering. Under Nevada Revised Statute 48.015, relevant evidence means:
- Evidence having any tendency to make the existence of any fact that is of consequence to the determination of the action more or less probable than it would be without the evidence.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope the above discussion helps you understand how you can prove your pain and suffering. If a driver injures you in a Las Vegas area accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.