Do You Feel Your Pain is Overlooked After a Car Accident?
Any responsible driver knows that driving is a privilege that comes with the possible risk of injury or damages to you or your vehicle. But, even your awareness and knowledge of this risk doesn’t prevent other drivers from making those risks a reality. If you’ve recently been in a car accident in Seattle, you understand the pain and suffering that occurs when others carelessly act and cause harm to those around them.
After your accident, you may feel hopeless and that your pain is even overlooked or not valued. If you have been in a car accident that was not caused by any fault of your own, your pain and suffering should take priority in being resolved in the legal case. After all, you should be compensated for the injuries and pain you experience caused by the fault of someone else. At Sears Injury Law in Seattle, WA, we believe in making you feel valued and heard in redeeming the compensation for your car accident.
Identify your pain and symptoms
The first step in getting accurately compensated for your injuries is to identify and document any of the pain or symptoms you’re experiencing. When identifying your symptoms of pain and suffering, it’s important to note that two aren’t always something that you can physically see or feel, but could be categorized as mental or emotional pain and suffering. Types of suffering and pain include things such as:
- Physical pain: this is in accordance with all the pain you feel from your injuries in a physical sense (i.e. headaches, swelling, bleeding, abrasions, etc.)
- Mental strain: mental suffering can be identified as anything that prevents you from thinking clearly, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or anything that debilitates your cognitive health
- Acquired disability: suffering can also come from acquiring a disability from your car accident (i.e. disfigurement, lack of quality of life, a limp, or inability to perform daily functions)
- Loss of sociability: along with mental suffering and pain, can also come to the decreased ability to enjoy or function well socially in life (i.e. marital relationships, family or friend relationships)
Different types of damages accrued
When documenting your pain and suffering for legal purposes, it’s important to understand the different types of damages you’ve had as a result of the accident. With damages, you have two different types, “general” and “special damages”. General damages include the previous list above, while special damages are any damages that can accrue a specific dollar amount value. These costs include any medical costs and or lost wages you would’ve otherwise earned after the accident.
- Medical: these costs include medical treatment such as x-rays, doctor appointments, medication, etc.
- Loss of wages: this cost entails the amount of money you lose if you are unable to work due to your injuries from the car crash, and wages you potentially would’ve earned later in the future
How to feel valued after a car crash
If you feel like your case is too hopeless or complex for you to get the compensation you deserve, our legal team at Sears Injury Law is here to help you feel valued. After going through something as traumatic as a car accident, the least you deserve is to know that you will get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
We understand that insurance companies try to put a certain price on your injuries, but your pain and suffering are something so personal that can’t be accurately identified by others. By hiring an experienced injury attorney in the Seattle area, you can get the assistance and guidance you need to accurately value the damages you’ve been afflicted with and obtain the justice you deserve.
Insurance companies are large corporations that treat each case as a task to be done and fulfilled. They do their best to pay out as quickly and with the smallest amount possible- leaving you with an amount less than you need to cover your expenses. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who is on your side and working on behalf of you and your needs? We promise at our law firm that there won’t be a day where you feel that the pain and suffering you’re experiencing will be neglected.
Valued figures are a guessing game
Believe it or not, insurance adjusters and attorneys have certain amounts they use to value pain and suffering. By keeping these negotiating values and tactics strictly confidential, they can better get you a higher payout that will cover your cost damages. Having an injury attorney who is experienced at negotiating, and understanding how insurance brokers value your suffering and pain can give you the advantage you need to settle your case.
Negotiating may seem like it’s a process to get you a fair payout, when really, it may turn into a conversation trying to get you to agree to a certain amount. When it comes to getting a settlement amount you need to fully cover your expenses, don’t allow insurance brokers to take advantage of you and your injuries.
Don’t go it alone
If you are searching for someone who will empathize with you and be your advocate in valuing your pain and suffering, the law firm Sears Injury Law is here to help. With over 25 years of combined experience, we have become accustomed to treating your case like our own. We have had our own fair share of insurance adjusters trying to make us sign over our rights, but with our legal help, you won’t have to.
Our process is “client-centered” so we focus directly on you, your needs, and the pursuit of the settlement amount and compensation you need to get back onto the road of recovery. Give our office a call today to schedule a free consultation or to ask any legal questions you may have. We look forward to helping you soon!