People injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of another have the right to seek compensation for the losses they have suffered. However, people who attempt to negotiate with insurance companies may do so blindly, not knowing what they are entitled to under the law.
In North Carolina, you can recover compensation for specific losses such as property damage, past and future medical bills, and past and future lost wages. You also entitled to damages for pain and suffering. However, most people don't understand how to put a dollar amount on pain and suffering.
This is where personal injury law gets complicated. There are two types of types of pain and suffering: physical and mental. Physical pain refers to the discomfort you experience in your daily life due to the injury, both now and in the future. Mental pain and suffering refers to emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Mental pain and suffering can mean different things to different people.
- For a new mother, it may mean the emotional pain of not being able to pick up her baby due to a back injury.
- For a parent with older children, it may mean not being able to play catch or other sports with a son or daughter.
- For someone who suffers a burn injury, it may mean the fear and shame of going out into due to scars and disfigurement.
- For a person who is active in sports, it may be the heartbreak of no longer being able to do the things he or she loved.
Recoveries for pain and suffering are typically the largest portion of personal injury lawsuit. To obtain the compensation you deserve, you will need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you document your pain and suffering the aid of a journal or other evidence.
The law firm of Farris & Farris PA in Wilson, North Carolina, offers a free initial consultation to discuss the types of compensation you may be entitled to after an accident.