I rarely use the term “pain and suffering” when describing what someone experienced after a car accident. South Carolina juries view that phrase as one lawyers use to get money for someone who may not deserve it. So instead of talking about your pain and suffering, I think it’s better to emphasize the effect of the crash on your life. While insurance companies might refuse to fairly compensate you no matter what words you use, or how significant your losses are, jurors will allow fair compensation when they see how your mobility, finances, family, relationships, and goals have been affected.
So how much money is fair when it comes to your physical pain, lost mobility (exp. a back injury that prevents you from running long distances), mental anguish, and decreased quality of life? There is no exact formula, but I take the position that the money you receive for these items must balance out your losses. In other words, how much money would you give to have your old life back? How much compensation balances the scales when on the other side of those scales are your sleeplessness nights, fears over future health, inability to play with your children, or weeks spent on the couch unable to work or pursue any dream other than getting well?
Auto accidents cause pain, and they often lead to tremendous suffering, but the best way to obtain a fair amount of money for those losses is to show how they have impacted your life. If you would like help, or if you have any other questions, call me today at (803) 790-2800. I help seriously injured people across South Carolina, and would be glad to speak with you.