How Much Can I Get for Pain and Suffering After a Car Accident? | Denver Injury Lawyers
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If you have been in a car accident recently, you may have suffered a number of severe injuries.
Although most crash victims know they may be eligible to recover compensation for such expenses as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages, some do not they also may be entitled to non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
When deciding how you are owed, an insurance company or jury might consider the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries. Depending on whether a jury finds your injuries severe enough to warrant an award for pain and suffering, you could receive up to five times as much as the economic damages you’ve suffered.
If you or a loved one has experienced a great deal of pain and suffering after being injured in a wreck, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Denver car accident attorneys.
What Is Pain and Suffering?
“Pain and suffering” is a legal term that refers to the damages you have incurred that are not easily quantifiable. It’s easy to put a numeric value on the medical bills you have had to pay because of your broken arm; it’s much harder to put a numeric value on the effects of that broken arm.
Perhaps you now have difficulty with driving, eating, or even using the bathroom. Perhaps you can’t play catch with your children, or partake in a favorite hobby, like painting. These effects are all encompassed under the category of pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can include actual physical pain, like broken bones, bruises, or paralysis. However, pain and suffering can also include those effects of injuries that may be less visible. For example, anxiety and loss of companionship are also recognized under the pain and suffering category. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you understand what a jury would consider when calculating pain and suffering in your case.
What Could I Get for My Pain and Suffering?
It is common practice for a Colorado jury to multiply easy to calculate damages by a specific factor. This factor is typically a number between one and five, and depends on the severity of the pain and suffering the claimant has experienced. While a headache might garner a one, a loss of important physical functions might yield a four.
In Colorado, there is a cap on the amount that an individual can recover for pain and suffering. However, there are some exceptions that allow an individual to recover a higher amount than the statutory cap. For example, if an individual has suffered permanent damage, the cap will be lifted, allowing an individual to potentially recover a significant amount.
Our Denver Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our car accident lawyers have helped thousands of crash victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injury has cost you.
Our firm also believes that a car accident victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our Denver auto accident lawyers.
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