Nov 062013
 

Victims of New Jersey car, bus or truck accidents often suffer serious injuries and can recover damages from the negligent drivers.  Types of damages include:

  • medical expenses, past and future;
  • lost wages, past and future;
  • other out-of-pocket expenses; and
  • pain and suffering.

Medical expenses, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses are established through medical records/receipts, paystubs, W-2s, etc.; however, pain and suffering cannot be established through receipts or paystubs.  Pain and suffering is not a tangible damage, and it can only be established through the testimony of car accident victims, their family members, co-workers, and/or friends.

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NJ Car Accident Lawsuits – Proving Pain and Suffering Through Pictures

After serious car accidents, victims often have catastrophic injuries which may require surgery or multiple surgeries.  They often also have severe open wounds, bruising and swelling.  It is important to have a family member or a friend take pictures of the wounds, incision sites and/or bruising to show the severity of the injuries to help prove pain and suffering.

It is also important to take pictures of the injuries periodically to show how long the injuries take to heal.

In catastrophic NJ car accidents, no one would doubt the severity of the victims’ injuries because they are documented in the medical records.  However, medical records cannot fully convey the pain and suffering victims go through.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Pictures can be very powerful and help prove injured car accident victims’ pain and suffering.

NJ Car Accident Lawsuits – Proving Pain and Suffering through Family, Friends and Co-Workers

Family members, friends, and co-workers can help injured car accident victims establish pain and suffering as well.  Spouses of victims can attest to the pain and suffering injured spouses go through.  They see how their injured spouses are affected by their injuries from the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed.  They can attest to the things their injured spouses are no longer able to do, such as, getting in and out of bed by themselves, grooming, bathing, exercising, playing with the kids, etc.  Further, injured victims may have depression because they can no longer do the things they were once used to doing before the car accident, and their spouses can clearly see personality changes after the car accident.

Co-workers can also help in establishing pain and suffering for injured car accident victims.  For instance, after an injured victim returns to work, he/she is no longer able to perform their work duties due to brain injuries or other physical impairments. Co-workers can provide powerful testimony about the injured car accident victim’s struggles and frustration at work.

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Philip Ciprietti has been helping injured victims for over 35 years and has helped many car, bus and truck accident victims in NJ. If you were injured in a car, truck or bus accident on the NJ Turnpike, AC Expressway or other New Jersey highways, feel free to contact Phil T. Ciprietti, Esquire for a free initial consultation. 800.281.8695

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