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: Generally, a personal injury settlement is a lump sum and is intended to compensate the claimant for past & future medical expenses and wage loss and other, concrete damages as discussed below. What people don't often understand about "pain and suffering" is those damages are more difficult to prove because they're subjective and often unseen. For example, if you have difficulty sleeping due to chronic neck or back pain, it's very difficult to prove. It's simply your word, and the insurance adjuster is likely to suspect you are exaggerating. The burden of proof is on the claimant. Discussing such a situation with your medical provider, providing a receipt to prove you bought a new bed or mattress, a receipt for a prescription for pain medication or sleeping pills: these are ways to bolster a claim for "softer" damages.
Pain and suffering is subjective and determined most often by lawyers and a judge during a trial. Insurance pays only for medical bills and repair of physical damage to your car. If you are looking for other reimbursement, you will need to speak with an attorney.


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In the UK pain and suffering is known as general damages and is the actual pain and suffering an accident causes you. Of course - this might seem very difficult to quantify, but in truth it is not so complex. The first step is to show exactly what your injury was at the time of the car accident, the symptoms you have suffered to date and what the future holds for your recovery. This information is produced by a consultant medical expert of the correct discipline who has access to your GP and hospital notes and who examines you.
For example, if you suffered whiplash or back injury - this expert would be a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with a specialism in spinal injuries.
Your lawyer would then look at the injury describes and compare the injury to previous cases decided by the courts in the past for similar injuries.
To see examples of compensation amounts you can receive in a car accident see the link entitled "car accident compensation" and for the amounts of compensation for all manner of injury you could suffer in a road traffic accident see the related link entitled "compensation amounts".
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