Mental and Emotional Suffering
This may include and is not limited to any of the following:
- Loss of sleep
- Trouble eating
- Digestive troubles
- Medication side effects
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship strains
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of social life
For example, let’s say Amy was hit by a drunk driver and sustained injuries, some of which resulted in scars, and which also included a couple broken limbs. During recovery Amy found it hard to sleep because it was difficult to find a comfortable position with her casts on. She was working towards her Masters degree at the time, and during a large part of her recovery she had to miss classes, which caused her a lot of stress because midterms were coming up. Her husband had to do most of the housework and caring for Amy, on top of his normal job, which left both of them tense and put a strain on their relationship. After all this, when Amy was healed and caught up on schoolwork, the scars that were left made Amy embarrassed and very self-conscious. Even though she was on a swim team before the accident, she quit, as well as avoiding going to the beach or pool, because you could see her scars in a bathing suit.
This example has ample room to claim loss of sleep, stress, embarrassment, relationship strain, and loss of social life, possibly as well as loss of consortium if Amy’s injuries, trauma from the accident and embarrassment over her scars made her unable to have sexual relations with her boyfriend.
Again, the best way to document any of these problems following an incident is to tell your doctor/therapist about any and all of them.