While a personal injury case can lead to clear, measurable damages, such as a medical bill, personal injuries can also lead to problems that are harder to assess. For example, it is difficult to factor in the ways that the personal injury prevents you from returning to your everyday life. But you deserve to receive the maximum compensation for pain and suffering and you can receive a greater degree of compensation by following these steps.
Clarify Your Desire for a Large Settlement Early On
To increase the chances that you will receive a large settlement for your personal injury, you will want to make it clear early on that you intend to ask for a large settlement. You do not want the jury to be surprised at the large amount of money you will eventually ask for.
Clarify How Pain Has Lead to Suffering
When you experience pain, it is not always assumed that you will have also experienced suffering. To join the two of these together, you will need to explain how and why mental anguish coincided with a specific physical injury. For example, if you suffered an eye injury, the unpleasant sensations you experience as a result would be considered pain. Suffering would be your fear that you may lose your eyesight.
Use Evidence Such as the Medications Taken
The legal system demands evidence for everything, including claims of pain and suffering. One way to make this clear is to point out the medications you have been prescribed to treat your pain and suffering. The stronger the medications, the more obvious that you suffered serious injuries.
Pre-existing injuries will play a role in how much you are able to claim. If some of your pain and suffering can be attributed to a condition that existed before you suffered a personal injury, your claim might not be as large.
Describe the Impact of the Injury On Your Life
You should describe in detail how the personal injury affected your day-to-day life. For example, did the injury force you to stop engaging in normal activities? What has the injury prevented you from doing? Also, has your personal relationships been affected by suffering a personal injury.
Make Your Claim Credible
You will need help from a personal injury attorney because you will want to avoid overreaching. If you try to depict yourself as being much more traumatized than you actually were, the jury is less likely to believe you. Make sure you are not engaging in actions that would not be inconsistent with someone who is in pain. For example, if you have suffered a serious injury and claim to be in pain, do not spend the weekend skiing.
To learn more, contact a personal injury law firm like Hoffman, Hamer & Associates, PLLC.