How to Calculate Pain and Suffering in a Washington Injury Claim
When you’re injured in an accident that you didn’t cause, you deserve recompense for all the ways your life has been affected by the event. If you don’t receive the full settlement to cover your damages, you could be stuck with years of medical debt.
Unfortunately, not all your injuries are as simple to calculate as gathering your bills and adding the totals. Non-financial losses, or non-economic damages, are just as important and should be compensated. You’ll need to know how to calculate pain and suffering in a Washington injury claim, which can be difficult if you don’t have experience in these matters.
Washington state residents can retain a lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates. When you’re struggling with intangible damages, we can help you find the true amount and secure maximum compensation.
How Severe Is the Pain?
Although every injury causes some form of pain, the amount of suffering you’ve experienced matters. Some injuries are more painful than others, which means some people may receive more compensation for their injuries.
The amount you receive depends on how intense this pain is and how much that pain and suffering affects your life. For example, whiplash can severely impact your day-to-day life. It can be difficult to turn your head or make sudden movements, which causes inconvenience.
A broken bone, however, can be a more severe injury. Extensive bone breaks can come with additional surgeries and treatments, which are painful, but they also extend the overall recovery time and lead to longer-lasting suffering. Simply put, the greater your suffering, the more compensation you should receive. Speak to your lawyer about your pain level and what that’s worth.
The Impact on Your Life
Pain is relative, but the impact on your life is easier to document. The more your life is impacted by the accident, the more compensation you’re owed.
For example, let’s say you and another person are both in a serious accident. Both of you suffered similar facial injuries, which broke some teeth and affected your smile. If they work in the construction industry, their day-to-day jobs are affected by inconvenience, but not by ability. If you’re a model, however, the accident can impede your life and your work until the dental reconstruction is finished.
As you can see, calculating intangible suffering in an injury claim is no easy task. Consider working with a Washington lawyer to ensure you aren’t sacrificing vital funds you deserve.
A Lawyer Can Help You Calculate
When you’re injured in an accident, you’re not just looking at physical wounds and property damage; you’re also likely experiencing mental anguish, fear, and anxiety. You deserve compensation for the pain and suffering that comes with being involved in a traumatic incident, but how is it calculated in a Washington injury claim?
A lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help determine your claim’s true worth. We have the tools and experience necessary to quantify those intangible losses such as pain and suffering. During a free consultation, we’ll take an in-depth look at your specific situation, lay out all of your options, and discuss how we can fight for you.
When you’re ready to start, reaching out is easy. Dial 1-800-404-9000 or complete the form below.