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Proving Pain and Suffering in an Injury Claim


If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage. While these forms of compensation are usually straightforward and easy to calculate, it is slightly more difficult to determine “pain and suffering,” which is considered non-economic damage, but is still entirely valid in your claim.

Emotional pain and suffering in a personal injury claim refers to what is sustained as a result of the accident; this may include anxiety, depression, fear, paranoia, loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, and similar psychological struggles. While this type of suffering is not supported by the same hard evidence as physical or financial problems, its effects are no less devastating and can be proven in settlement negotiations or a jury trial with the help of an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney.

If you’ve been suffering from emotional distress since being involved in an accident, keeping records of your daily experiences is extremely beneficial for your case. Detail how you feel, both emotionally and physically, on a daily basis and note any “panic attacks,” symptoms of illness, and other limitations you’ve suffered since the accident occurred. While a diagnosis from a psychologist regarding your emotional suffering is not necessary, it may also be helpful when your compensation is to be determined.

Some documentary evidence such as medical records may be necessary to help demonstrate emotional distress in addition to your physical injuries, and your attorney will take into account every effect the accident has had on your life to ensure that you receive full compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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