After a car accident injures your loved one, the last thing you want to be thinking about is how to make ends meet. There are so many things to consider after a car accident. Medical bills and time off work can translate to a stressful financial situation that takes your attention away from helping your loved one recover. It is common sense to think that anyone responsible for causing the accident should also be responsible for financial damages.
But how do you calculate the financial burden? Some aspects easily match a dollar amount, such as the bill for your car repairs or the cost of medical treatments. Yet the financial impact of other accident consequences is harder to determine. How can you tally the cost of an injury that prevents your spouse from continuing in a career s/he loved? What is the fair value of an accident that permanently scars your child?
Pain and suffering settlement awards
In a personal injury settlement, North Carolina law allows you to ask additional financial compensation for the pain and suffering you or your loved ones experienced after a car accident. Though money, of course, does not solve your grief, these awards attempt to compensate you for non-material impacts of the accident.
Determining the amount of a pain and suffering award
North Carolina does not set a cap on pain and suffering awards related to a car accident. This amount will look different for every case, as no two injuries, accidents or families are exactly alike. The judge and jury may consider multiple factors in attributing a dollar amount to the pain and suffering of your case, including:
- The severity of the injury
- The length of the expected recovery
- How this accident affects you or your loved one’s future career goals
- Mental health results of the accident, such as depression anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder
Do not wait to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer about your situation. It is important to start gathering evidence from your medical or mental health team as quickly as possible so that you and your family can receive the compensation you deserve.