For many people, spa services are a welcome diversion from our busy lives.  A Saturday afternoon massage, a relaxing facial, a pedicure in preparation for a weekend getaway – all of these can make a stressful day infinitely better.  Many salons have begun to offer less common services too, services that may not be as routine and which may require a higher level of expertise. Unfortunately, not all service providers may have the required training and expertise necessary to provide these services. A recent case in Southern Florida involving a botched injection highlights the concern of these less routine salon services being provided by individuals who may not be qualified to perform them. In this case, a woman received a service during which she was injected with a substance that allegedly consisted of vitamins that left her with a severely swollen face.  The woman filed a lawsuit seeking damages for her past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, her lost capacity to enjoy life, and physical disfigurement.

Pain And Suffering As A Result Of A Service Gone Bad

Damages for pain and suffering are commonly sought in personal injury cases, and the 2015 Florida Statutes set forth the law regarding Torts and Negligence at Title XLV, Chapter 768. Pain and suffering can include both physical pain as well as emotional or psychological trauma. When a party to a lawsuit is seeking damages for pain and suffering, it is important to gather as much documentation to show the extent of the pain and suffering claimed. Unlike medical bills, which are easily calculated, non-economic damages for pain and suffering are harder to quantify.

What Kind Of Proof Should I Gather To Support My Claim For Pain And Suffering?

Some helpful documentation may include medical reports, documentation of prescriptions and medication, and photos of the injuries. Any information that shows how the injuries have affected quality of life will be valuable evidence that could affect the outcome of the case. For example, the notes a medical professional includes in a patient’s medical records are helpful to determine the severity of an injury. Likewise, prescription medication to relieve pain and other injury-related symptoms can help to show the extent of an injury – a stronger dose of medication prescribed for a longer duration could indicate a more severe injury. Lastly, a picture of an injury, particularly over the course of time of recovery – or lack thereof – provides visual proof of the injury itself and its ongoing effect on an injured party’s life.

What Next?

If you have suffered personal injury, you should know that there are legal professionals who are available to help you determine your best course of action.  The law can be complicated and you will want to speak with someone who can give you the facts about your rights and possible recovery under the law.  Contact a Miami personal injury attorney today who can help you formulate a plan to recover what you are entitled to and gather the information you need to proceed.

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