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Can Pain and Suffering be Included in a Car Accident Claim?

What is Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering is a legal term that describes the physical and emotional pain someone endures after a traumatic accident. Being involved in a car accident can not only cause physical injuries, but it can also mean a disruption to a victim’s mental health and emotional well-being. Here’s what you need to know about pursuing compensation for pain and suffering in your car accident claim.

How Do I Prove Pain and Suffering in My Car Accident Claim?

While physical injuries can be easily spotted, such as a broken leg in a cast or scrapes and bruises on your body, emotional pain isn’t as evident. To prove your pain and suffering in a car accident claim means having the proper evidence showing that your life has changed after your car accident. Evidence may include:

  • Medical records of your injuries
  • Doctors’ notes
  • Photographs of your injuries
  • Personal journals documenting your pain
  • Psychological records (notes from your therapist or counselor)

What Are Some Examples of Pain and Suffering?

If you were injured in a car accident, experiencing the following falls under the umbrella of pain and suffering:

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Fear
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of consortium (changes in affection or sexual relations with a spouse)

How Much Compensation Will I Recieve for Pain and Suffering?

Each case is different, and the amount of compensation you’ll receive depends on the specific details of your case. Although Missouri does not have a cap on pain and suffering, the amount awarded will be reduced by your percentage of fault for the accident. Learn more about Missouri’s “pure comparative fault” rule here. (add link to 2/7 blog)

Getting Help After a Car Crash in Missouri

It can be challenging to adjust when a car accident impacts your relationships, daily routine, and lifestyle. When facing medical bills, treatments, and therapies, can take an emotional toll on you and your family. Help is available, and you are not alone. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in Missouri, Meyerkord & Kurth is here to lend you support and guidance throughout the process.

Contact us today at (800) 391-4318 to learn your rights.

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