Whenever you believe you have grounds to pursue a personal injury case, you can receive compensation for physical loss (such as medical bills or lost wages) and damages known as “pain and suffering”.
But what is pain and suffering?
This guide from the experienced personal injury attorneys at Braswell Murphy will explain the definition of pain and suffering as well as what you can expect when you pursue compensation for it.
What is Pain and Suffering?
Cornell Law describes pain and suffering as “the pain, discomfort, anguish, inconvenience, and emotional trauma that accompanies an injury”. So, when it comes to a personal injury case, you are often compensated for reasons beyond the initial injury.
In order to fully understand the extent of pain and suffering, there are two main categories personal injury attorneys utilize. These include physical suffering and mental suffering.
Physical Pain and Suffering
Physical pain and suffering is different than being compensated for an injury you’ve sustained in a personal injury case. Medical bills, while large, have a finalized number you have to pay, and don’t take side effects or discomfort into the final account.
If the injuries you have sustained are likely to cause detrimental effects in the future that result in physical pain and suffering, personal injury attorneys, like Braswell Murphy can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Mental Pain and Suffering
A physical injury may bring pain in the form of broken bones, hospital visits, doctor appointments, or mobility issues, but it can also cause overwhelming mental distress. A few examples of mental pain and suffering can include psychological trauma, PTSD, anxiety, anger, grief, depression, and more.
Ultimately, any “negative” emotions that have been caused due to your personal injury can qualify for compensation.
Proving Pain and Suffering
Before any compensation, it is up to you and your dedicated personal injury attorney to prove the extent of your pain and suffering to a court.
Yet, that is easier said than done. Personal Injury cases can seem daunting, especially against a massive insurance company with the “best” lawyers, but you don’t have to do it alone.
The compassionate personal injury lawyers at Braswell Murphy are absolutely committed to helping people in Alabama who have been injured or lost loved ones. Our personal injury attorneys have a broad range of experience handling many complex injury cases, and we’ll put that experience to work for you.
For more information on how you can receive compensation for the pain and suffering due to a personal injury, contact Braswell Murphy today!
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