Of the thousands of car accidents that occur across America every year, we are fortunate that a majority of them only involve damage to the vehicles involved, with no injuries. However, the sad reality is that many car accidents do result in injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.
If a Connecticut resident needs to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in the aftermath of a car accident, what types of damages can the injured victim attempt to recover? Well, besides the costs for medical expenses and recovery for lost wages for time missed from work due to the accident, injured victims may be able to recover what is commonly known as pain and suffering damages as well.
Unfortunately, unlike lost wages and medical bills, it can be somewhat difficult to prove pain and suffering damages in court – there is no paper documentation to present as evidence. Injured victims are therefore required to prove a variety of subjective factors that could play an important role in the determination of pain and suffering damages.
Among the factors that could be important to prove with pain and suffering damages are: how severe the injury in question is; whether or not the victim will suffer permanent disfigurement or scarring; how long it will take the injured victim to recover from the injury; whether or not the injury will result in long-term disability or limitations; and where on the victim’s body the injury is located, among others. Despite the subjectivity of pain and suffering damages, with the right approach a victim who has suffered an injury in a car accident in Connecticut may be able to successfully pursue these damages in a personal injury lawsuit.