Are you a car accident victim dealing with mounting medical bills, property damage expenses, and more? Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers has over three decades of experience helping her clients with their personal injury claims. It can be difficult to navigate your case, but our team can help you with your immediate and long term needs to ensure you are taken care of.
We provide free case evaluations following your car crash to evaluate your case and provide some insight into the compensation you qualify for. We understand vehicle accidents can lead to financial, physical, and emotional trauma that can difficult to recover from. This is why our team works with you every step of the way to find solutions for your unique needs.
Pain and suffering is a legal term that refers to a host of injuries that a plaintiff may suffer as a result of an accident. It encompasses not just physical pain, but also emotional and mental injuries such as fear, insomnia, grief, worry, inconvenience and even the loss of the enjoyment of life.
In almost every injury case, the plaintiff should be able to recover some amount, even if rather small — and sometimes very large — for pain and suffering damages.
How does an insurance company calculate pain and suffering damages?
There is no hard and fast rule for how an insurance company must calculate pain and suffering. Many plaintiffs’ attorneys were trained to use one of two methods for calculating pain and suffering. The first method is to multiply the plaintiff’s actual damages (medical bills and lost wages) by a certain number, generally between 1 and 5 (depending on the severity of the injury). For example, if a plaintiff incurs $3,000 in medical bills related to a broken arm, he might multiply that by three, and conclude that $9,000 represents a reasonable amount for pain and suffering.
The multiplier method is used in our accident settlement calculator. For more on how to get to a “reasonable” number, see this overview on determining a multiplier.
Alternatively, many plaintiffs’ attorneys use a per diem (Latin for “per day”) approach. Under this method, a certain amount — perhaps $100.00 — is assigned to every day from the day of the accident until the plaintiff reached maximum recovery.
Insurance companies are under no obligation to consider these types of methods in calculating pain and suffering. Many companies use computer programs to determine what amount of any settlement offer should be allotted for pain and suffering. These programs often take into account not just the type of injury, but also the type of medical treatment the claimant sought.
For example, insurance companies usually consider medical treatment by a physician to signify a more serious and compensable injury than does treatment by a chiropractor. Insurance companies also take into account the length of time the claimant sought treatment. If treatment seems excessive for the type of injury, the insurance company will not include all of the treatment in its calculation of pain and suffering.
Proving Pain and Suffering
Damages for pain and suffering are recoverable, but how are they proven? Proof of this type of injury may take many forms and the more evidence you have to support your claim, the better your chance will be of recovering an amount you find satisfactory.
The extent of your injury and accompanying pain and suffering can be evidenced through documentation such as photographs and personal journals that record the plaintiff’s physical and emotional feelings. Documentation from friends and family can provide additional evidence of the way the particular injury has negatively impacted the plaintiff’s life. Proof of treatment by a mental health professional is also helpful, and is necessary where the plaintiff is claiming injuries such as increased anxiety, insomnia, or depression.
No car accident case is ever as simple as it seems. Working with a top rated car accident lawyer can make it easier to get the results you are looking for. Attorney Caruthers is here to help make the process following your accident go as smoothly as possible. Call us today to begin the process of seeking justice for your case.
At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, our team is made of dedicated legal professionals who want to help you find long term solutions that fit the needs of your unique situation. Do not take the risk of being underrepresented following an auto accident in Houston , TX. Instead of taking on your case alone, choose to hire yourself with the best personal injury attorney in Houston , TX to represent you in your case.
Attorney Caruthers has over 30 years of experience representing those who have suffered injuries in auto accidents and collisions. Following a car accident, contact our legal office right away. The sooner you contact us the easier it will be for us to help you maximize your compensation so you can get the medical treatment you deserve.
At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, our personal injury lawyers in Houston can help you explore your options and work to recover all the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Car accidents leave you vulnerable, especially if you are unable to continue working.
Let our team answer any questions you may have, file all necessary paperwork, and demand justice for you. We offer free, no-obligation case consultations to help you determine what your options are moving forward. We understand how devastating car accidents can be for you and your family, this is why we do everything we can to help you get the results you need for the compensation you deserve. If you suffer an injury in a car accident that prevents you from being able to work, your insurance company or the at-fault party’s insurance company may pay for your lost wages.
Abogado de accidentes automovilísticos de habla Hispana
Too often Spanish-speaking individuals feel they will not be able to find justice in their car accident cases, causing them to not take action against those who have left them with financial devastation and physical trauma. At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, our team refuses to let a language barrier affect your right to justice and compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident and is in need of Spanish-speaking legal advice, our team is here for you.
We make it simple for those who have been injured in car accidents to navigate the legal system in order to get the results they need to continue on in their lives. Schedule your no-obligation car accident consultation with Attorney Caruthers today. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure your needs are being met and that you are getting the treatment you deserve in your car accident case. Don’t hesitate, the sooner you call the more we can do to get you results.
Car Accident Attorney in Houston
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, experienced loss of income, or are unable to work due to a car accident, you can benefit from the services of a Houston car accident expert in your personal injury case. Whether you missed work due to an injury or due to not having access to a vehicle, Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers can help you!
Our team works hard to bring the most efficient and practical solutions to your car accident case. Beverly R. Caruthers proudly serves and defends the Greater Houston area including but not limited to Baytown, Conroe, Crosby, Humble, Huntsville, Lake Jackson, Missouri City, Pasadena, Spring, Tomball.
Our legal team is bilingual and offers Spanish speaking legal counsel for all of our clients. If you need legal representation following an incident don’t hesitate to contact Beverly R. Caruthers Law Office!