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How can an Attorney Increase the Amount Awarded for Pain and Suffering?

Proving pain and suffering damages is vital to making certain that you recover an amount that fairly compensates you. In order to do so, you will need to have the necessary evidence, including the following:

  • Medical records
  • Witnesses who can help to establish the full impact of your pain and suffering
  • Experts who can verify the severity of your injuries and the pain that they cause
  • People who knew you both before and after your accident

Defense lawyers often attack before-and-after witnesses who are your blood relatives as being inherently biased. This means that having witnesses who do not have personal stakes in the outcome of your case is important. You may want to consider co-workers and acquaintances who see you almost daily and who can give their knowledge about how your injury has impacted you.

Zealous Advocacy Increases the Value of Any California Personal Injury Claim

Pain and suffering damages compensate the victim for the physical and emotional distress they experienced as a result of an injury caused by someone else's negligence. The amount awarded for pain and suffering can vary widely depending on the severity of the injury, the degree of pain and suffering experienced, and other factors such as the jurisdiction in which the case is being heard.

To increase the amount awarded for pain and suffering, an attorney may take the following steps:

  1. Present compelling evidence: To prove the extent of the pain and suffering experienced by the victim, an attorney must present persuasive evidence, such as medical records, expert testimony, and witness statements. The evidence should demonstrate how the injury has impacted the victim's daily life, such as their ability to work, socialize, or perform routine activities.

  2. Build a strong case: To increase the amount awarded for pain and suffering, an attorney must build a strong case that shows the defendant's negligence caused the injury and the resulting pain and suffering. This may involve conducting an investigation, gathering evidence, and identifying all liable parties.

  3. Establish a clear narrative: An attorney must establish a clear narrative that connects the defendant's negligence to the victim's pain and suffering. This narrative should demonstrate how the injury has affected the victim's life and emphasize the emotional toll of the injury.

  4. Calculate a fair amount: An attorney must determine a fair and reasonable amount for pain and suffering damages based on the severity of the injury, the degree of pain and suffering, and other relevant factors such as the victim's age, occupation, and overall health.

  5. Negotiate skillfully: An attorney must negotiate skillfully with the defendant's insurance company or legal team to ensure the victim receives fair compensation for their pain and suffering. This may involve engaging in mediation or settlement negotiations or presenting a compelling case in court.

Overall, increasing the amount awarded for pain and suffering requires a strategic approach that includes building a strong case, presenting compelling evidence, and negotiating skillfully on behalf of the victim.

Contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of others, it is important that you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles. We review every case and analyze all of the factors that may impact the value. Contact us today to schedule your consultation so that you can learn more about what your case might be worth.

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I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.