A car accident can leave you with physical injuries, emotional distress, pain and suffering and a diminished quality of life. While you deserve compensation for these non-economic damages, how can you demonstrate their existence when you file a claim for compensation?
Non-economic damages are often harder to prove than economic damages. However, they are just as important. Here are some tips on how to prove non-economic damages in personal injury cases.
Present medical evidence
Medical records are crucial in proving non-economic damages as they show the extent of your injuries. For instance, an X-ray of your broken bones can infer damages like the pain and suffering you endured or the potential effects on your day-to-day life.
Keep a journal of your physical and emotional recovery
Keep a detailed journal documenting the physical and emotional impact of the accident on your daily life. Describe how your injuries have affected your mood, sleep patterns, physical abilities, relationships and overall health. This personal account can serve as compelling evidence of the emotional toll you have endured.
Witness testimony can also help
Your friends, colleagues and family members can also provide invaluable testimony that can help strengthen your case. They may testify about changes in your behavior, personality or overall quality of life since the accident. Testimony from your doctor or counselor can provide expert testimony on the impact of the injuries on your well-being.
Seek legal help
It helps to have proper legal representation to help build your case, gather evidence and protect your legal rights. The guidance will ensure you do not leave anything out of your claim or make mistakes that could work against you.