Until you have experienced chronic pain for yourself, you cannot understand what it is like. Pain resulting from injuries in a car accident is usually much worse than the occasional headache or stiff back. The pain and debilitation from an auto accident can be agonizing and affect every aspect of your life.
Reduced ability to live independently
If your pain is bad enough, you might lack the strength, flexibility, or energy to work enough hours to earn at the level you did before the car accident. Even everyday tasks, like cooking, cleaning your home and getting dressed, can be too tough to do for yourself. Even with help, living with pain day in and day out can be exhausting.
For many patients, chronic pain will fade in time or at least can be controlled with medication and physical therapy. However, many painkillers carry a serious risk of addiction. And in many cases, the pain is permanent.
The mental toll
Mental illness is often the more subtle harm that a motor vehicle wreck can cause. Sadly, pain and suffering can take a toll on your mental health. Common mental health conditions and emotional states associated with chronic pain include:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Living with mental illness on top of physical suffering can make your life seem impossible at times. You might have to depend on family or professional caregivers just to make it through the day. If the pain does not improve significantly, you could be facing a lifetime of pain and suffering as your usual condition.
You can be compensated for pain
Virginia’s personal injury law recognizes pain and suffering as a type of damage that plaintiffs can claim after a car accident. Unlike lost wages or medical bills, it is not simple to put an exact price tag on how much your pain and suffering has harmed you. The best way to get maximum compensation for noneconomic damages like pain and suffering is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney.