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State laws on the recovery of damages for pain and suffering vary greatly. In lieu of a lawsuit, I recommend mediation (I happen to be a certified mediator--doesn't work with insurance companies) or arbitration (which can be binding or non-binding). However, a lawsuit will likely be the only way you will be able to collect pain and suffering if you are battling an insurance company. A personal injury lawyer in your area can give a free consultation (see the yellow pages) and inform you of your state's laws on damages for pain and suffering, as well as any alternative dispute resolution forums in your area.

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