Pain and Suffering Damages in Florida Car Accident Claims
If you have been injured in a Florida car accident, you are likely wondering what type of compensation you may be entitled to. Though many types of damages have specific amounts (like medical expenses and lost wages), others do not. Damages that have specific amounts are known as economic damages. Other types of damages are called non-economic damages.
Pain and suffering damages are included under the umbrella of non-economic damages. Pain and suffering compensates a crash victim for the physical and mental pain he or she has experienced. The physical pain the accident victim has experienced since the crash may be included in pain and suffering damages, as well as the pain the victim is likely to experience in the future.
Pain and suffering damages also account for emotional distress the accident victim has suffered. After a Florida car accident, it is not unusual for victims to feel depressed or anxious. Depending on the severity of the crash, many may also develop post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological conditions. Compensation for these conditions is possible if the victim seeks pain and suffering damages.
How do you prove pain and suffering?
All claims for compensation must be supported by evidence. Evidence comes in many forms. The following are examples of evidence that may be used to support pain and suffering claims:
- Video footage
- Eyewitness statements or testimony
- Medical records
- Counseling records
Other types of evidence may also be used, depending on the facts of the motor vehicle accident case. Florida personal injury attorneys know how to build claims to ensure their clients receive the compensation they deserve. Without a strong personal injury attorney, accident victims may not even be aware of how much money they are entitled to under Florida law.