Many people have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Can problems with sleeping get linked to damage that was caused by a car accident? You might want to consult with a Car Accident Lawyer in Waterloo.
What are some examples of general damages?
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional distress
• Mental anguish, such as anxiety, fear, or loss of sleep
What are some possible causes for sleep problems?
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
How can the cause be diagnosed?
You may be asked to undergo an MRI or a CT scan. To begin with, you will need to schedule a meeting with a neurologist; have your personal physician arrange for such a meeting.
How can the existence of sleep problems be documented?
Share with a physician the level of stress created by the lack of sleep. Have mention of that stress included in the doctor’s report.
Keep a journal or diary and record your sleep pattern. How frequently do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? If you wake up in the middle of the night, for how long do you remain awake?
If you wake up in the middle of the night, do you understand what has caused you to wake up? Do you have nightmares? If so, how frequently do you experience a nightmare?
Methods used by lawyers for calculating the worth of the damages associated with sleeping problems
One method involves adding up the value of each of the special damages and multiplying that sum by a figure between 1 and 5. The more severe the sleeping problems, the larger would be the factor used to multiply the calculated sum. The product of that multiplication should reveal the worth of the sleeping problems.
A second method entails assigning a sum of money to each day that the lawyer’s client must deal with the effects of a sleepless night. In order to use this method, an attorney must encourage a client to keep a journal or diary. That would reveal the number of nights when the client did not get enough sleep.
The money assigned to each day would get multiplied by the number of days that followed a restless night. The product would give the approximate value for a particular type of general damage, namely the one caused by lack of sleep.
That product is not the total worth of the client’s complaint, the one associated with a lack of sleep. The total worth of the complaint must take into consideration the existence of any special damages. Those are easy to calculate.
The values of each of the calculated special damages need to be added up. That sum gets added to the approximate value for the general damage. The resulting sum should indicate the worth of the client’s complaint. It reflects the effect of all damages.