Deposition – Pain & Suffering

During a deposition questions are always asked about how your injuries have affected your hobbies, your life activities or the things that you do on a daily basis. These things could be related to your employment, they could be related to things at home such as gardening, hobbies around the house, or activities with your family and your friends. These details are generally referred to as, “Pain and Suffering”. Pain and suffering is extremely important for you to document and discussed during your deposition. Taking regular notes will help you remember all of these little details. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about. Sometimes people will have a vacation that was planned before the accident that was scheduled to take place right after their accident had occurred. They have to cancel that vacation because of their pains and their injuries. As time goes by they may have forgotten about this family vacation and don’t realize that is one aspect of how the injuries have affected their lives. As time passes you may get more used to your pain levels and that fact that your body is in pain on a regular basis. This pain often forces you to stop doing things you regularly would do and over time you forget about those activities. With today’s social media people document their lives. Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites on the internet post things that are being done with family and friends. You need to be very, very careful about what you post online because insurance companies will look to your Facebook page or look at your Twitter accounts to see what you’ve been doing. I’m not sitting here telling you you’re supposed to do absolutely nothing because you’ve been injured. We want you to try to be as active as you can but also be mindful that certain activities are changed because of your injuries and a picture may not appear to show the real pain that you are suffering. Keeping notes about changes in lifestyle, health and well being will help you be prepared for your deposition and help explain to the insurance company how your injuries have not only affected you financially with regard to medical bills but also have affected you from pain and suffering standpoint with activities, friends, family and possibly even employment.
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