What Is the Average Settlement for Pain and Suffering in Colorado?
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries—including your pain and suffering.
Anyone who has been wrongly injured deserves to be compensated for their losses. You deserve a settlement that covers all your damages. Unfortunately, the insurance company will work hard to not pay what you deserve.
To learn more about how you can be fairly compensated, talk to a Colorado personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney can give you more information about how much money you can recover for pain and suffering.
What Counts as Pain and Suffering?
To get a better idea about average pain and suffering settlements, it helps to define this concept.
Accident victims have the right to pursue economic and non-economic damages from the party (or parties) who were responsible for their injuries. Economic damages include the cost of your medical treatment, the amount of income you lost, the value of any personal property losses, etc. These losses are easily quantifiable.
Pain and suffering are considered under the law to be non-economic damages that result after an accident and may include:
- Emotional trauma,
- Loss of wellbeing and comfort,
- Loss of spousal and family relationships,
- Lost opportunity,
- Lost enjoyment of lifestyle, and
- Permanent impairment or disfigurement.
Determining the value of your pain and suffering is challenging, and obtaining fair payment for these losses from an insurance company is extremely difficult.
When Are You Eligible for Pain and Suffering?
In Colorado, an injured person can obtain compensation for pain and suffering in cases such as those arising from:
- Car accidents,
- Truck accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents,
- Medical malpractice, and
- Defective products.
Beware of Personal Injury Settlement Calculators
You might have come across online calculators claiming to identify the average pain and suffering payout for a Colorado personal injury case. Do not place your faith in the information provided by these websites, as most are designed to collect personal information from accident victims, not to provide useful legal advice.
At Denver Trial Lawyers ® we do not believe any of our clients are “average” or “typical”. Each is unique and affected differently by their injuries. Consequently, no website or automated calculator can accurately consider all the unique details of your injuries and your pain and suffering.
The only way to understand the true value of your claim is to discuss it with an attorney.
How Insurance Companies Try to Minimize Your Settlement
Insurance companies take every possible measure to minimize your settlement amounts for injured people. An insurance company’s only goal is to pay you as little as possible for your injuries and one way they try accomplishing this goal is to minimize your pain and suffering.
Some of the most common arguments adjustors use to deny pain and suffering include:
- You had prior injuries;
- You contributed to the severity of the accident;
- The damage to your vehicle wasn’t that severe;
- Your medical bills weren’t that high; and
- Your injuries can’t easily be proven with medical testing.
Experienced personal injury attorneys understand how these insurance companies operate. Your lawyer will document your claim thoroughly, getting you the most compensation for your pain and suffering from the insurance company.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Who Can Help
Before you accept a lowball offer from the insurance company, contact a Colorado personal injury attorney at Denver Trial Lawyers ®.
We assist victims of serious injury accidents, fighting to recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We offer a no-cost case analysis to accident victims throughout Colorado. Let us take a look at your case and tell you how we can get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule your consultation, contact us or call (303) 571-5302 today.