Auto Accidents

Pain & Suffering From A Car Accident

We all have a  pretty good idea of what pain and suffering means, however it takes on a whole new definition when put in the context of law, or used in a courtroom. At that point, it can define a person’s life and how they are going to feel for the rest of it.

There are several types of physical pain.  Pain can be intermittent or constant and range from intensity from slight to agonizingly severe.  The pain might only occur when doing a certain activity, like shoulder pain when lifting an arm.

To a personal injury lawyer, “pain and suffering” is a legal term that encompasses all physical and emotional stress that can occur as a result of a car accident.  You do not need severe injuries to be compensated for “pain and suffering.”



Here are some examples of injuries that can occur from a car accident and can be the cause of pain and suffering:

  • Whiplash – Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occur from an auto accident.  Whiplash usually occurs when a car has been involved in a rear-end accident.  Whiplash symptoms may not seem serious or severe immediately after the car accident, but pain can suddenly appear hours, even days, after the car accident.  Whiplash symptoms include pain in neck, back, or shoulders, tingling or numbness in arms and legs, and headaches.
  • Strains – A strain occurs when a muscle is is stretched too far, tearing a ligament .  A strain is also called a “pulled” muscle.  There can be pain, stiffness, inflammation, and bruising around a strained muscle.
  • Sprains – A sprain is an injury that occurs with a torn or over-stretched ligament.  Symptoms of a sprain are similar to a strain, including pain, stiffness, swelling, and bruising.  Most commonly, sprains occur in ankles and knees but can happen in any other joint.
  • Muscle spasms – Muscle spasms are bursts of involuntary muscle contractions (when the muscles pull together/tense up).  Spasms do not necessarily come with pain, but they can.  Spasms can become so forceful that they can tear tendons and ligaments.

The above examples are just some of the injuries you can sustain from a car accident. Attorney Shantrell Nicks of The Nicks Law Firm recommends that you go seek out medical treatment or a doctor immediately after a car accident, even if you think you are not seriously injured.  Pains and aches can come up even weeks after a car accident, often causing more strain and financial burden to your car accident claim.



Having medical records of your injuries, treatment, and progression of your recovery/non-recovery, can make a difference in the amount you ultimately receive from a settlement. At the Nicks Law Firm, we do not get paid unless you win. This means that you don’t owe us a cent unless your case settles or goes to trial. We know that the last thing you need to worry about is how to pay for an experienced car accident attorney when you are juggling medical bills, car repairs, time off work, and much more. Your recovery should be the most important.

At the Nicks Law Firm, we are 100 percent committed to helping our clients. When you call Attorney Shantrell Nicks at the Nicks Law Firm, your case will be handled quickly and effectively as possible, keeping you informed every step of the way. Call us today at (228) 896-6425  for your free consultation.