The New York Times
The Washington Post
USA Today
San Jose Mercury News
CBS This Morning

Do Injuries Need to Be Severe for a Personal Injury Case?

Man Injuried Often when someone is involved in an accident, one of the determining factors in whether or not to hire a personal injury lawyer is the actual severity of the injuries sustained. If the injuries are minor, back strain or bruises, those injured in an accident might think that they don't have a case. The truth of the matter is that the degree of severity of the accident and its resulting injuries is not the only factor when determining whether or not you have a case.

Physical Pain and Suffering

Physical pain and suffering refers to actual wounds and injuries sustained to the body. This can be lacerations and broken bones or muscle strains and bruises. An important thing to remember is that physical pain and suffering can start immediately concurrently with the accident, or it can show up later. Muscle soreness and sprains are an example of some types of injuries that might have a later onset. Another example is any injury that one would suffer with for months, if not years.

Mental Pain and Suffering

Mental pain and suffering covers a lot of ground, too. This can be minor effects, such as anxiety and shock from the accident itself, or it can be more severe. Some of the more severe side effects from an accident could be post-traumatic stress disorder or depression such that the person involved in the accident cannot even get out of bed. An important consideration is the fact that mental pain and suffering can be completely separate from physical pain and suffering. Someone can experience mental anguish and trauma without being injured at all.

Determining Severity

Determining the severity of physical or mental injuries is not easy, and there is no hard and fast rule. Instead, judges and juries tend to look at the evidence of the affect these injuries have on the individual's life. You could have relatively simple injuries that affect your life significantly. In that type of case, you may have more of an expectation for significant damages. Other factors also contribute, and your attorney can help you to sort that information out as it relates directly to your case.

Even if you aren't sure that you were hurt badly enough to retain legal counsel, it is still a good idea to talk with a personal injury lawyer who has experience with these types of cases. You might be surprised at how your life can change because of one simple wreck or incident.

Client Reviews
I absolutely cannot speak highly enough of CMA Law, particularly of Mr. McMahon, with whom I have had the most experience. My entire family and I trusted CMA with our case following a significant and life-altering vehicle accident, and to say they delivered is putting it lightly. They were reachable & personable at every stage of this arduous, complex, and scary process, made things easier at every stage, inspired us with confidence, and delivered results. If you're looking for a law firm to place the trust of you in your family in, look absolutely no further than CMA - this is your firm. Declan O.
I suffered a severe spinal injury while working as a farm mechanic in the Salinas Valley. The attorneys -Tim McMahon and Mark Sigala were fantastic from the beginning. They fought for me over 3 long years and in the end, we won a difficult liability case against the farm company who was using dangerous equipment. The defendants in the case tried everything to put the blame on me and even claimed I was their employee in order to avoid civil responsibility. Tim and Mark never gave up on me and my case. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They are fighters. Adrian A.
Best Law Firms
American Board of Trial Advocates
2010 Street Fighter of The Year Award Finalists
Irish Legal 100
The Best Lawyers in America
Santa Clara County Bar
Super Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
California Lawyer
Top One
Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
Public Justice Trial Lawyer of The Year