Mt. Juliet and Lebanon TN
An accidental injury that leaves you debilitated or in a life-threatening state is horrifying. The medical bills that accompany this traumatizing event can make you feel even worse. You can’t work and now have all these extra expenses: doctor’s visits, rehabilitative therapy, medication co-pays, not to mention all the bills piling up as part of your monthly budget like your mortgage, utilities, groceries, and more. All of that anxiety and stress takes its toll. If you’re injured in an accident, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.
There are no receipts or invoices to calculate pain and suffering. That’s where Yancy Belcher, Attorney at Law, can help. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, one of Mt. Juliet’s top-rated personal injury attorneys is here for you during this troubling time. Follow this guide to help calculate the costs of your pain and suffering, so you aren’t left in the red trying to recover your life after an accident.
Understanding Pain and Suffering
Attorneys use the legal term “pain and suffering” in reference to physical and emotional damages caused as the result of another person’s negligence. The concept is rather subjective. Various factors are considered when calculating pain and suffering.
Calculating Pain and Suffering
Each personal injury claim is unique. A variety of factors impact every claim, including the pain and suffering that follows. When calculating your pain and suffering, there are a couple of guidelines that we think can help to decide what your compensation should be:
- Injury: Where on your body did you suffer physical injury? What kind of injury did you receive? How did the injury happen?
- Medical Care: Will you be receiving rehabilitative care? Will you need long-term care because of your injuries or a disability that resulted from your injuries? Or is the prognosis that you soon will be back to feeling like your former self before the accident?
- Career: Has the injury negatively impacted your current job? Do you have to change jobs? Has the injury affected your ability to work?
- Disfigurement: Did either the accident or the medical treatment to repair your injuries result in scarring or other permanent changes to your appearance?
- Lifestyle: Have the injuries sustained in your accident impacted your daily routine or ability to enjoy your day-to-day life? Will this accident affect your quality of life? Are you no longer able to pursue activities you once enjoyed?
- Permanence: Are your injuries permanent? If not, how long will your recovery be?
Variables to Consider When Calculating Pain and Suffering
There are a couple of additional ways that pain and suffering can be calculated from a personal injury. If you were in an automobile accident, then an auto insurance company may use different factors to estimate compensation for pain and suffering. Your employer’s insurer probably has its own set of compensation guidelines as well. Generally speaking, insurance companies often use calculations based on economic damages like medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket costs you have incurred as a result of your injury. Then, these insurance companies have claims adjusters that calculate these figures. The claims adjuster uses a formula based on what the insurance says your “assigned severity” is to determine a set amount they can offer. This basically means they will offer a settlement based on their calculations.
Receive the Proper Compensation You Deserve
Personal injury law is not a fixed, objective code. It is ever changing based on your personal circumstances and the variables that have affected you. You should consider all of the guidelines we’ve shown you. If you’re looking for the most accurate calculation on your personal injury pain and suffering compensation, then you need to contact the Law Offices of Yancy Belcher. We will review your case and determine the compensation for your pain and suffering.
It might seem easier to take an insurance payout or settlement. We advise against this simply because your personal injury claim may not be as straightforward as it seems. Accepting cash or insurance payouts from the person responsible for your injuries without first consulting with a personal injury attorney is not recommended.
We always fight to protect your rights under the law and so that you receive fair compensation. Nashville residents have counted on their hometown attorney Yancy Belcher for more than 20 years. We hope that an accident involving injury never happens to you, but if it does, then contact our office by calling (615) 773-2889 to schedule your free consultation.
The Law Office of Yancy Belcher provides legal services to the communities of Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Lebanon in Tennessee.