3 Tips to Negotiate a Fair Compensation After a Florida Car Accident

Although you may be eligible for several monetary awards after being injured in a Florida car accident, including punitive, economic, and non-economic damages, negotiating a fair settlement can be difficult. Economic damages like medical expenses and lost wages are easier to negotiate because they involve numbers and specific amounts of money. Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, etc., may seem more subjective and difficult to quantify. The reason is that, unlike economic damages, non-economic damages do not have exact amounts you can put on them. In other words, you cannot generally back them up with bills or receipts.

While a lack of physical evidence can present a hurdle in negotiations, the good news is that there are some effective things you can do to ensure you receive a reasonable and fair settlement. Below are some top tips to help you negotiate a fair compensation after a Florida car accident.

Tip #1: Get to Know What Constitutes Pain and Suffering

Successfully negotiating pain and suffering compensation can be tough if you do not understand what legally counts as physical and emotional pain. In fact, many people believe that only physical injuries and damages suffered qualify under the term “pain and suffering.” However, you need to account for your emotional anguish, as well. When negotiating a fair settlement, be aware of both types of injury so that you get the most beneficial result possible. While things like back pain, neck pain, and headaches fall under the category of physical pain and suffering, post-traumatic stress disorder, fear, and insomnia are indicative of emotional agony.

Tip #2: Create Justifiable Links Between Your Evidence and Suffering

Unfortunately, simply declaring that you are experiencing pain and suffering–whether physical or emotional–is not enough to prove your case. You need evidence, such as bills and receipts, to back up your claims. If you do not have this kind of proof, there are a few other types of evidence you can collect, including notes from doctor or psychologist visits, testimony from witnesses who saw the accident, and notes from your first-person account, such as those recorded in an injury diary. Maintaining an injury diary is a great way to document the severity of your pain, how much others have helped you since your accident, sleep disturbances, and other aspects of your pain and suffering.

Tip #3: Make It Clear How Your Life Has Been Negatively Impacted

Finally, for your claim to be successful, it is critical to establish a clear picture of your life before and after the accident. To negotiate a fair payout, you need to identify how things are worse now than they were before you got injured. Be detailed so that you adequately convey the full impact of your losses and establish the extent to which your life has transformed as a result.

Get The Legal Help You Need

Keep in mind that it is your right to pursue compensation if another party’s negligence caused a car accident from which you are now enduring ongoing pain and suffering.