Emotional Pain and Suffering
When we think about serious car accident injuries, we primarily think about broken bones, cuts, and other physical injuries. However, there are emotional injuries that may also manifest after an individual is involved in a Florida motor vehicle accident. Depending on the circumstances of the case, accident victims may be able to obtain compensation for these emotional injuries.
Emotional pain and suffering damages are different from other types of damages. The primary difference is that emotional damages do not come with a “price tag” on them as medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of expenses do. There is no concrete amount of emotional pain and suffering damages. However, emotional pain and suffering damages may be sought in a Florida injury claim.
To claim emotional pain and suffering damages, the accident victim must have been physically affected by the accident in some way. The victim cannot claim emotional distress damages without some type of physical injury. If an individual witnesses a traumatic accident, for example, but is not otherwise harmed in any way, the emotional pain and suffering claim will likely be dismissed.
However, consider an accident victim that sustained serious injuries and developed post-traumatic stress disorder several weeks after the crash occurred. This victim would be able to pursue claims for both medical bills and other damages related to the physical injuries, as well as damages that stem from the post-traumatic stress disorder.
Depression, anxiety, grief, mood changes, and even changes in sleep may all possibly make up a claim for emotional pain and suffering damages in a Florida motor vehicle accident claim. Though many insurance companies will attempt to deny such a claim, Florida personal injury attorneys know how to support and pursue such claims to ensure their clients obtain the compensation they need.