Pain and Suffering is a type of “damage” in a personal injury claim. The “pain and suffering” part of the damages encompasses your pain, frustration, anxiety, inconvenience, sadness and general unhappiness with having been involved in an accident and having been injured. Once your property damage, medical expenses and lost wages are reimbursed (more easily calculated because there is a specific dollar amount to these).
Pain and suffering is the part of your personal injury damages to compensate you for all of the pain, all of the limitations and all of the hassle of having been in an accident.
Pain and suffering can be best described as the “I’m sorry” dollars. After your bills and other losses have been paid, here is the “I’m sorry we did this to you” part of the claim.
There are no legal formulas to help calculate the dollar amount. It is specific to YOU and your injury. Some think it is 2x or 3x your medicals bills, but it does not work that way.
It is tricky because everyone can calculate that number differently. You may expect that dollar figure to be really high because you suffered the injury, but an insurance adjuster or a defense attorney calculates that number very low because they may think you are exaggerating or you were not really hurt that bad. If not settled, in the end, a jury may agree with you, may agree with the defense attorney or may come up with its own dollar figure. There is no guaranteed way to predict the dollar amount you will be awarded for pain and suffering. That is generally the X factor in handling personal injury cases.
At Zachar Law Firm, every one of our lawyers has more than 20 years of personal injury experience, to investigate your case, to put together the best arguments, to GET YOU WHAT YOU DESERVE.
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Do you have the right attorney? The big question: Is your lawyer willing to file a lawsuit for you if necessary, to get you the best result?
What is reasonable for your pain and suffering differs from case to case. It really does take an experienced lawyer to best understand that, but more so, to then go out and actually get it for you.
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