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Proving Pain and Suffering

In addition to allowing recovery for bodily injuries, medical bills, and lost income, Missouri law permits injured victims to seek damages for both physical and emotional pain and suffering. Injuries like bone fractures, nerve damage, and concussions are not only painful, they also often prevent victims from enjoying their hobbies and spending time with friends, family, and other loved ones.

Receiving compensation for this pain and suffering is easier said than done, however. Insurance adjusters often accuse accident victims of exaggerating their injuries, and insurers frequently refuse to offer fair compensation for pain. Our team of personal injury lawyers in Jefferson City, Missouri utilize 4 key pieces of evidence to prove our client’s pain and suffering.

Prescription Drugs

Many of our clients need a host of prescriptions to get through the day and night, such as:

  • Painkillers
  • Sleeping pills
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Antidepressants

Prescription medications like these illustrate the level of pain a victim is in and help bolster their claim that the injuries they suffered cannot be treated with simple, over-the-counter, treatment.

Pain Journal

We recommend all our clients keep a journal to record how they are feeling on a day-to-day basis and to document specific incidents they struggle with or miss out on. The journal also presents an opportunity to record irregular sleeping patterns – a condition that affects most injured victims. This type of evidence is very powerful at establishing the validity of your pain, and allows the client to look back on their harms and losses with accuracy before submitting a settlement offer to an insurance company and in preparing for trial.

Medical Testimony

A medical doctor can testify on your behalf to establish the pain and suffering inflicted on your body by the injuries you sustained. A psychiatrist or mental health therapist can detail your struggles with cognitive functioning, depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns in the weeks, months, and years after an accident.

Testimony from Family & Friends

The people who see you regularly can also provide compelling accounts of how you’ve changed following an accident. These “day-in-the-life” witnesses, for example, can point out how you might have been bubbly and social before you suffered a traumatic burn injury. Now, you stay mostly home, and refuse to engage socially, and forego the activities and endeavors you previously enjoyed.

Give Us a Call

The lawyers at Call & Gentry Law Group, LLC have negotiated beneficial settlements and achieved substantial results on behalf of our clients for decades. We know how to overcome the resistance many insurance adjusters and companies have when it comes to offering you fair compensation for your pain and suffering. Please contact us today by calling (573) 644-6090 so that we can get started on your case.

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