If you need help pursuing medical bills and lost income after a serious accident, turn to the Alpine personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Our lawyers will make sure your claim accounts for every dime you may be owed, and we won’t settle for anything less than you deserve. Our attorneys have many decades of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases of varying complexity. Over that time, we have won more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts and represented over 5,000 people. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you. Schedule a free consultation today by calling our 24/7 phone-line at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Types of Injury Cases Our Alpine Personal Injury Lawyers Handle:
- Large Truck Accidents
- Car Collisions
- Bicycle Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Boat Injuries
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Rideshare Vehicle Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
- Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
Can I Pursue Compensation for Pain and Suffering?
California law allows personal injury claimants to pursue compensation for pain and suffering. Although these damages are not warranted in every case, they may be recoverable if you have endured serious physical pain, emotional distress, and mental trauma due to your accident. As you can imagine, proving pain and suffering can be more challenging than proving economic damages like medical bills and lost income. There aren’t any invoices for pain and suffering, and psychological injuries cannot be photographed like physical wounds. There are, however, several tactics your Alpine personal injury attorney can employ to prove that you should be awarded pain and suffering damages. Essential evidence might include:
- Photos of Your Physical Injuries: Many injuries are so severe that they invariably cause some degree of pain and suffering. This is especially true in cases involving long-term disabilities, scarring, amputation, or disfigurement. But even some temporary injuries, such as burn wounds and broken bones, can result in devastating pain and suffering. Your lawyer might use photos of your injuries taken after the accident and over the weeks that followed to prove their severity.
- Medical Documentation: Diagnostic images and other medical documentation can be used to demonstrate the seriousness of an injury.
- Testimony from a Psychologist: It is not uncommon for accident victims to suffer anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and PTSD. Unfortunately, the insurance company may be reluctant to pay for the necessary therapy and medications unless they are presented with concrete evidence. If the insurer refuses to acknowledge your psychological injuries, your attorney may bring in a psychologist to provide testimony regarding your symptoms and the treatments you will need to reach maximum medical improvement.
- Journal Entries: Your journal entries might not be irrefutable evidence of pain and suffering, but when presented alongside other evidence, they can help demonstrate the degree to which your injuries have affected your well-being and the lives of your loved ones.
What Other Damages Might Be Recoverable?
There’s no way to predict the types of damages you might be able to recover without first reviewing the facts of your case. Your Alpine personal injury attorney will consider many factors when determining the types of damages you should pursue including:
- The kinds of injuries you sustained, their permanence, and their severity;
- How your injuries have affected your life and the lives of your loved ones;
- The expenses you have incurred due to your injuries such as transportation to the doctor’s office, home care, and property repairs;
- The amount of time your injuries left you sidelined from work;
- The income you were making before your injuries;
- The amount of time it will take you to reach maximum medical improvement;
- Whether you will be able to return to work after reaching maximum medical improvement; and
- Whether the defendant’s actions were malicious or oppressive, in which case you might be entitled to exemplary damages, also called “punitive damages.”
In the state of California, victims of personal injury can seek compensation for any economic and non-economic damages they incur as a result of the accident. These damages may include:
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Loss of consortium;
- Lost income and lost earning capacity;
- Healthcare bills;
- Property repairs and replacement; and
- Home care, vehicle modifications, and other objectively verifiable losses.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS Today for a Free Consultation with an Alpine Accident Attorney
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are proud to represent people who have been injured or lost family members due to the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of another party. Your initial consultation is free, and if we don’t win your case, you won’t have to pay any fees. You can reach us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. Use our Contact Page to send us a message online.