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$50,000 Soft tissue injuries suffered in motor vehicle accident.

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Injuries Suffered By A Dog Bite To A Child

$130,000 Injuries suffered by a child with developmental delays who was bitten by a dog on his face.

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$50,000 Settlement for a couple that was in an auto accident where both sustained soft tissue injuries

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Motor Vehicle Accident - Broken Bones

$100,000 Recovery for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident including a dislocated shoulder, broken arm and broken wrist

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Uninsured Motorist

$50,000 Recovery from an individual’s own auto insurance policy when he was injured in an accident caused by an uninsured motorist

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Pain & Suffering

caused by injuries from accidents

With serious injuries come serious pain and mental anguish. Pain and suffering is the element of damages in a civil case designed and intended to compensate the injured person for the physical and mental agony, aches, soreness, grief, anguish and inconveniences that result from being injured.

lawsuits - suing for Pain & Suffering

While it would be wonderful if we could turn back the hands of time and put the injured person back into the same condition as they were prior to the accident, this cannot be done. Rather, in the civil justice system when a person sues for pain and suffering, the only thing that can realistically be done is an attempt to quantify in monetary terms what a person has had to experience and endure as a result of their injuries.

By its very nature, pain and suffering is a vague and generalized concept that cannot be put into any specific technical definition. The Iowa Model Civil Jury Instructions instruct a jury that:

“Physical pain and suffering may include, but is not limited to, bodily suffering or discomfort. Mental pain and suffering may include, but is not limited to, mental anguish or loss of enjoyment of life.”

This element of damages cannot be measured by any exact or mathematical standard and the jury is instructed to “use your sound judgment based upon an impartial consideration of the evidence” however they are also cautioned “your judgment must not be exercised arbitrarily, or out of sympathy or prejudice, for or against the parties.”

determine the worth of pain and suffering

There are numerous theories that are developed and advanced in order to quantify an injured person’s pain and suffering; however the question always boils down to one not so simple question:

“What is it worth to have endured what the plaintiff endured?”

There are only two “correct” answers to that question:

  1. What the plaintiff or injured party says it is worth based upon what they are willing to settle their claim for; or
  2. What the jury says it is worth if the case proceeds to a jury trial.

Pain and suffering differs from person to person and from injury to injury. The most effective way to present pain and suffering arguments to both an insurance company and a jury is through a factually specific and detailed explanation of just what exactly each injury involved; what exactly each procedure required and what exactly physical therapy and rehabilitation efforts entailed. Without all of the necessary facts, a reasonable number cannot be put upon what an injured person must go through. For this reason, specific and detailed records and presentations are a must for anyone who has been injured do to the wrongful acts of another.

See also:

Physical Therapy -VS- Chiropractic Treatment

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The personal injury attorneys at Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm always invite you to contact them with your questions and concerns about your accident and the injuries that you or a loved one sustained. Our attorneys can help you understand Iowa law, how that law applies to your situation, and what you can do next to receive compensation for your losses, pain and suffering.

We are available 24 hours a day for emergency situations, and during regular business hours for your questions, just call: 515.226.0500.

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If you aren't sure whether your claim qualifies for a pain and suffering lawsuit, just ASK AN ATTORNEY or call 515.226.0500 or Toll-Free: 866-743-6652. We can answer all of your legal questions.

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Attorneys Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindhom, and their associate Attorney Scott Michels frequently represent people who have been injured as a result of an accident occuring in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area, including West Des Moines, Iowa City, Johnston, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Marshalltown, Cedar Falls, and Ames, Iowa. They often help people who have sustained head and brain injuries, spinal cord injury, fractured bones and cuts, as well as injuries resulting from medical malpractice and dental malpractice. GRL Law's attorneys stand ready to help you find the best solutions for your particular situation, utilize protections under the law to secure your family and property, and get the compensation you deserve after a personal injury or wrongful death. Please contact the law offices of Attorney Cory Gourley, Attorney Robert Rehkemper & Attorney Matt Thomas Lindholm for a free legal consultation to better understand your rights under Iowa law, and make the next important decisions in recovering your losses.

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