Car accidents are one of the most common sources of injury during the summer months. This is especially true during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which have been dubbed by AAA as the 100 Deadliest Days.
After an accident, you may recover expenses from the other driver for things like medical bills for your injuries. But what about recovering out-of-pocket expenses for pain and suffering?
What Is Pain And Suffering After A Car Accident?
Pain and suffering, in the legal sense, refers to the emotional and physical stress you’ve suffered due to an accident. For instance, you may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering if you’ve been severely burned in a car accident.
In this case, you might receive compensation for the pain of your burns. You might also receive compensation for the treatment of your burns and for the limitations your burns have imposed on your job or lifestyle.
Can I Receive Compensation For Pain And Suffering In A No-Fault Claim?
Although you may have experienced pain and suffering from your car accident, you might not be able to receive compensation if you’re at partial fault for the accident.
Most states, including Georgia, follow a fault-based liability system. This means the driver who is responsible for the car accident is also responsible for paying for the damages that resulted from the accident. These damages include your pain and suffering.
If you’re at partial fault for the car accident, you’re responsible for paying for the damages (or a certain amount of them). This includes paying for your damages related to your pain and suffering.
Is It Worth Filing A Claim For?
It’s a good idea to ask yourself whether the pain and suffering you’ve undergone is worth filing a car accident claim over. An experienced car accident attorney may be able to help you make an informed decision.
Approximately 4% to 5% of personal injury cases go to trial in the U.S. while the rest are settled out of court. If you believe you’ve been the victim of personal injury due to reckless driving, it may be in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer. To learn more about personal injury law or if you need a workers compensation attorney regarding your workers compensation claim, contact us today.
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