An accident may turn your life upside down, but can you claim for loss of enjoyment of life? If you or someone you love were involved in an auto accident and suffered injuries, then you know how financial and non-financial damages can severely affect your life.
If you are going through a similar situation, you may contact a South Carolina auto accident attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve to cover your lost income and medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering. While you can claim compensation for loss of enjoyment of life, it may be tricky to prove. You may need assistance from your car accident lawyer to determine a fair amount of compensation since there are no receipts or bills for these costs.
The physical pain and suffering occurring from a car accident may make it impossible to work. Loss of income means it is difficult to make ends meet. The financial strain may lead to mental and emotional anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
Non-financial accident injuries, like emotional stress and loss of enjoyment of life, are more difficult to estimate their value and file a personal injury claim.
Loss of enjoyment of life is included in the non-financial damages of your case, along with pain and emotional distress and humiliation, usually under the general term “pain and suffering.”
When your ability to perform daily activities or enjoy living is lost after a car accident, you may have grounds to claim compensation for loss of enjoyment of life.
If your ability to participate in your typical daily routine is limited or removed, you may file a personal injury claim based on the facts around the accident. How was your life before your injuries, and how was your life affected after the accident. The law provides that the injured person should be compensated for all the costs deriving from the defendant’s negligence. The purpose is to make the victim recover their physical injuries completely, and if that is not possible to get the best possible therapy.
The loss of enjoyment of life is a mental condition deriving from the deprivation of experiencing feelings of pleasure because of impairment or loss of ability to perform in daily activities. Mental suffering and anxiety are the feelings replacing the enjoyment of everyday life activities. Therefore, an auto accident victim may seek compensation for the mental suffering and loss of enjoyment of life that may occur from a physical disability such as:
- Brain damage
- Loss of physical senses
- Loss of socialization ability
- Vocational weakness
- Loss of limbs
- Fertility issues
The physical injuries and limitations to participate in activities like before may cause a person psychologically severe reactions. The psychologist treating the victim may provide information about the mental condition deriving from the injuries and how all aspects of life were affected.
However, if a psychologist did not treat the victim, they can provide evidence from the doctors, and from co-workers, or any other person that can describe the victim’s life before and after the accident. A Greenville auto accident attorney can identify and support the loss of enjoyment of life claim, just like other car accident damage claims. The car accident lawyer will gather the documents and testimonies required for the case. The following should be included:
- The severe stages of the injury, like pain and suffering, shock, fear, and anxiety
- Physical condition before the car accident
- Work-related physical demands before the accident
- Before the accident, recreational activities and their physical demands.
- Evidence that shows the pain and suffering resulting from the accident
- The medical treatment procedures, such as surgeries, rehabilitation, medication, and use of medical appliances
- The current physical and emotional condition
- The current physical ability to work and perform in activities, compared to before the accident
- How the injuries have affected the family environment. What was it like before the accident, and how has the family’s life changed after the accident. In what way has it affected the spouse and children
Contact A Greenville Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love suffer injuries from a car accident that resulted in the loss of enjoyment of life, you should consult a Greenville auto accident lawyer to protect your right to compensation. Call us today at Brumback and Langley law firm for your free consultation. Our team of vehicle accident attorneys can analyze and investigate your case thoroughly and ensure that the jury will be persuaded to fully and adequately compensate you.