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Is Pain and Suffering Separate from Medical Bills?

Is Pain and Suffering Separate from Medical Bills?

Pain and suffering is separate from medical bills when it comes to compensation in a civil matter. Each personal injury case is different; however, compensation typically includes items such as medical costs, time missed from work, and pain and suffering.

While your medical bills relate to procedures and treatments to ease your “pain and suffering,” this phrase carries further meaning in a civil case. “Pain and suffering” relates to not only your physical pain but also your mental anguish.

A personal injury lawyer may help you understand the types of compensation possible for your case. Your lawyer may also be able to identify parties who are liable for the compensation you are entitled to.

You May Get Compensation for Economic and Noneconomic Damages

According to Investopedia, both personal injury and wrongful death cases include the pursuit of economic and noneconomic damages for injuries or loss.

Economic Damages

These types of damages are easier to understand because they are clear cut. Medical bills, for example, include the direct correlation between care and costs, and they often need little explanation.

Your medical bills may include medical transport to the hospital, along with medical and hospital fees. The following ongoing costs associated with personal injury cases are may also be included in compensation:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapies
  • Prescription medications

These are just a few examples of the types of economic damages generally included in a personal injury lawsuit.

Noneconomic Damages

Damages that are intangible are often more challenging to explain to jurors. The pain you experience with your injuries or the loss of companionship of your loved one has no specific monetary value.

If your injuries prevent you from returning to the quality of life you enjoyed prior to the accident, you may suffer from depression or anxiety. The loss of your spouse, parent, or child, who was invaluable to you, is also difficult to assign a specific dollar amount.

When the negligence of another person results in serious injuries or a devastating loss for you, there may be legal options under Illinois’ Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/). To better understand how to proceed with litigation for possible compensation of all types, you may consult a personal injury lawyer.

For a free legal consultation, call (312) 598-0739

Do Not Settle for Less Than You Are Entitled to

An insurance company offer to settle your case may include compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages. It may seem like a large sum, and you may feel tempted to accept it, but it is advised that you do not accept it and hire a personal injury lawyer instead.

Accepting a settlement without legal representation may prevent you from pursuing compensation later if your medical condition worsens. An initial settlement offer tends to be a low-dollar amount designed to protect the insurance company’s best interests and not yours.

A personal injury lawyer understands how to negotiate with insurance companies. They strive to reach a fair settlement out of court. Your lawyer may also be ready to take your case to trial to help you receive a fair outcome in your case.

It is not advised that you try to negotiate with an insurance company on your own. It can leave you feeling frustrated, and you may end up without the compensation you need for your medical needs. You have enough to deal with during this most difficult time in your life. Leave the details—and the negotiations—of your case to a personal injury lawyer.

Our Law Firm Can Help Serve Your Legal Needs

Civil matters involving personal injury or death can be quite complex and challenging. Pain and suffering is separate from medical bills when it comes to possible compensation.

The Kryder Law Group, LLC, can serve your legal needs by helping you pursue the compensation you need and are entitled to. The accident that resulted in serious changes to your life might have been preventable had the negligent party utilized care.

We offer a free case evaluation, so reach out to us as soon as possible. State law limits the time allowed to file your civil case. Missing the deadline defined by the statute of limitations in Illinois may bar you from pursuing compensation later on.

Do not miss your chance to protect your personal interests and your financial needs. While the initial settlement offer from the insurance company might appeal to you, it may not be enough to cover your future medical care.

The negligence that caused your serious injuries or resulted in your loss is not fair and demands accountability. No amount of money can return your life to normal or replace your loved one. It can, however, serve as a form of justice and protect others from suffering the same fate.

If you suffered serious injuries or lost a close loved one due to the negligent actions of another person, call The Kryder Law Group, LLC, today for a free case evaluation at (312) 223-1700.

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