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How to Get the Most Out of Your Pain and Suffering Settlement

A personal injury or accident can be a harrowing experience. And although you may recover physically, it can have lasting effects on your mental health and future in general. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident, you deserve compensation for this pain and suffering–not just your medical bills. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your personal injury settlement.

Document Your Experience

Documentation is one of the most important aspects of a personal injury case. Of course, you need to provide evidence of things like your accident, injury, and medical records, but that’s not the only thing you should take note of. Be sure to take note of anything you had to miss due to the accident. This could be work, school, or even a vacation or concert. It’s important to show how the accident has affected your life.

Along with the more obvious documentation, your pain and suffering compensation can really benefit from keeping a journal throughout your recovery. Write about your experiences and emotions, and don’t sugarcoat it. These entries can be emotionally impactful and really help your case later down the road.

Enlist the Help of Professionals

Most people wonder how much their personal injury settlement will be. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to give you a rough estimate because it depends on a wide range of factors, including your medical costs and the severity of your injury.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that insurance companies are in the business of making money. In other words, they will try to give you the lowest amount they can get away with. Personal injury lawyers, like David Helfand PA, for example, can help you deal with the insurance companies. Insurance companies will often try to settle quickly before you consult a lawyer. They may also make a lowball offer, hoping that you will take it out of desperation. Even if you are tempted to accept and get it over with quickly, keep in mind that you could get much more with the help of an attorney.


Personal injury cases are no walk in the park. But there are several things you can do to strengthen your case and get the best outcome possible. Keep a detailed record and allow your attorney time to do their work. In the meantime, focus on your recovery and getting your life back in order. Although this experience may be difficult, hopefully, you’ll find comfort after settlement knowing that it wasn’t all for nothing.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

About This Blog

The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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