One of the basic tenets of life here in the United States is to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As stated in our Declaration of Independence, we have been endowed these unalienable rights by our Creator. So what can be done when your life is negatively impacted, your liberty affected, and your happiness marred by pain and suffering, due to the negligence or fault of another person?
Pain and Suffering Under Florida Law
Have you ever wondered what people are being compensated for when the compensation is about pain and suffering and there is no visible injury? According to Florida law, in addition to the physical pain and suffering caused by an accident, there can be mental pain and suffering. This can encompass a wide variety of emotions. When an accident leaves you unable to perform as you did before the event, you may have a case for compensation.
Mental pain and suffering can include those emotions that now preclude you from enjoying life because of the accident or injury and its aftermath. Depression, anger, feelings of humiliation or embarrassment, and fear are examples of mental pain and suffering. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also be considered mental pain and suffering in certain circumstances.
Physical pain and suffering is not limited to that which is experienced at the time of the injury. It also covers the discomfort you may feel in the future. Recovery and residual pain and discomfort are not uncommon, and when these have a direct impact on your wellbeing, compensation may be due.
Assistance Getting Compensation for Pain and Suffering
According to Florida statute 627.737, a person may recover damages for pain, suffering, mental anguish and inconvenience because of bodily injury, sickness, or disease, under specific conditions. A qualified attorney can help you determine if you have a case regarding compensation for your pain and suffering, whether it be physical, mental or both.
The attorneys at Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., are caring, skillful litigators who will gladly consult with you regarding your personal injury. This is our area of expertise, and we offer a free initial consultation. Our offices are located in North Port, Englewood and Port Charlotte for the convenience of southwestern Florida residents. Contact us for more information.