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In addition to the mounting medical bills you face and the lost wages you experience from a car accident, you may suffer serious physical and emotional pain and suffering. These can be even more challenging to overcome.

Obtaining just compensation that covers your complete losses, including your non-economic damages like pain and suffering, can play a critical role in your ability to reach your fullest recovery, and an experienced South Carolina car accident attorney can help you with that.

How Much Can You Get from Pain and Suffering?

Car accident compensation for pain and suffering is calculated in accordance with the amount necessary to help you return to your former state – prior to the injury-causing car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence.

While your physical injuries may heal, your medical bills may be covered, and your lost wages may be compensated, the result does little in terms of addressing the physical and emotional pain and suffering you experience. The matter of the value attached to your pain and suffering can be negotiated between your savvy car accident attorney and the insurance company, or by the jury if your case proceeds to trial.

The factors that generally play a role in this determination include:

  • How serious the pain you experience is and the length of time it takes you to recover
  • Your overall health prior to the injury-causing accident
  • Your age (especially in relation to injuries that are deemed permanent or disfiguring)
  • The limitations you experience in terms of your daily activities – as a result of the injuries you’ve sustained
  • The degree to which your injuries interfere with your ability to continue participating in the activities that bring you joy and satisfaction, including hobbies and physical activities

The more significantly your life is altered by the accident in question, the more compensation you can likely expect in terms of your pain and suffering.

Pain and Suffering from Car Accidents

The pain and suffering you experience as a result of someone else’s negligence in a car accident can take many challenging forms, including:

  • Depression
  • Increased anxiety that can include anxiety attacks
  • Severe mood swings
  • Emotional lability
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Decreased satisfaction with or enjoyment in life
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Accident flashbacks that can prove debilitating and may stop you from getting back behind the wheel

Seeking compensation that covers the full scope of your pain and suffering is paramount to your recovery.

Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced South Carolina Car Accident Attorney Today

The accomplished South Carolina car accident attorneys at The Law Office of Steven M Krause PA recognize exactly how challenging the emotional pain and suffering you experience as a result of a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence can be.

In response, we are fully committed to skillfully advocating for compensation that adequately covers these losses in its entirety. Learn more by contacting or calling us at 864-225-4000 today.



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