A Texas man is upset with remarks made by State Representative Stefani Carter (R) after she was involved in a car accident with him. Rolando Cerezo took exception with Representative Carter’s reference to the accident as “life altering.” Cerezo’s injuries were serious enough to require physical therapy four days a week, and his car was totaled, while he claims that Representative Carter drove away from the accident. He takes exception with what he viewed as her political use of the accident.
Regardless of whether Representative Carter’s remarks were inappropriate or not, car accidents often are life altering for those involved. Although the focus immediately after an accident is on the physical signs and symptoms of trauma, a car accident can result in trauma that isn’t immediately obvious from a brief glance at the victim. The law recognizes the cost of physical injuries by granting a victim financial recovery for medical bills and lost time at work and also provides financial recovery for pain and suffering and other damages.
Texas law doesn’t have a set formula for calculating the financial cost of pain and suffering, and the compensation that a person can get is left up to the jury. A jury will be asked to consider how much to compensate the plaintiff for the pain he or she experienced as a result of the injuries. A Houston personal injury attorney can ensure that the jury hears evidence about the types of physical injuries experienced by the plaintiff and how painful or frightening the medical treatment was after the accident. The plaintiff may also be called to the stand to talk about the experience.
Pain and suffering damages may be a very significant part of your financial recovery, so it pays to have a good attorney on your side after an accident. Because there isn’t a set formula for calculating pain and suffering, an experienced Houston personal injury attorney is invaluable when you’ve been hurt in an accident.