If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering how you can file a claim for compensation and what your case is worth. Some costs like medical bills and lost wages are easy to calculate. But what about compensation for pain and suffering? There are some key factors to consider when it comes to evaluating “non-economic” damages like pain and suffering, loss of future enjoyment of life, and permanent disability or disfigurement.
If you have questions about your injury case, contact the attorneys at Oronoz and Ericsson Injury Lawyers for more information. It can be very difficult to know how to calculate pain and suffering without an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Insurance companies will often try to get you to settle for less than your case is worth. We will work hard to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our office by calling (702) 878-2889 or use our online form.
Pain and Suffering Claims in Nevada
The only requirement for compensation for pain and suffering in Nevada for pain in suffering is that it must be “fair and reasonable.” If you will require extensive surgeries and rehabilitation after an accident clearly your case will be worth more than if you only needed to visit an emergency room and will recover quickly.
Pain and suffering includes not only physical suffering but also mental anguish. This means that you can receive compensation for pain and suffering for conditions related to your accident such as:
- Inability to engage in activities you once enjoyed such as hobbies or exercise
How Do I Prove Pain and Suffering?
If you were injured in a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or at work, it is important to receive medical care promptly. If you do not seek medical care or wait too long to seek treatment, insurance adjusters are likely to argue that you were not badly injured, or that your injuries were caused by a condition that was unrelated to your accident.
You should make sure to follow up on all the advice of your medical providers and save all medical bills and pharmacy receipts. A personal injury lawyer can help gather all your medical records to make sure that all the conditions caused by the incident are fully documented. The amount of your medical bills will give you a good idea of how much your case is worth. A good rule of thumb is that an average case will settle for about two or three times the total amount of medical bills related to the injury.
Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys may dispute whether or not treatment was necessary, truly related to the injury, or allege that treatment is excessive. If you had to undergo diagnostic testing, surgery, and rehabilitation, the documents showing your treatment where you have can be used to prove the extent of your pain and suffering. An injury lawyer can carefully analyze your records and help you prove why all treatment you received and will need in the future is necessary.
Compensation for Future Pain and Suffering
Some injuries can impact your ability to work and enjoy a pain-free life in the future. If you have suffered severe injuries, a fair settlement should take that into account. Compensation in a personal injury case is intended to ensure that the plaintiff is “made whole,” which means restored to a position that they would have been in if the accident had never occurred. It is difficult to put a price on your health, but an experienced lawyer can help you prove the pain you will likely experience based on evidence that you will need future treatment.
Your medical providers can be very helpful in your case for helping a jury understand the pain you will experience in the future. For example, if you have a permanent back injury, a medical provider such as a chiropractor or surgeon can testify about how you will need continued treatment for the next several years or perhaps the rest of your life because of your condition. You will also be allowed to testify about how your condition affects your daily life.
Consult An Experienced, Aggressive Nevada Personal Injury Lawyer
Don’t let an insurance adjuster convince you to settle for less than your claim is worth. Our experienced lawyers can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for past, present, and future pain and suffering. Schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys at Oronoz and Ericsson Injury Lawyers by calling (702) 878-2889 or fill out our online form.