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How Much is Pain and Suffering Worth in a Personal Injury Case?

In a personal injury claim, compensation includes both economic and noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering and are key elements in a personal injury case. However, putting a price tag on the pain you endured is not a cookie cutter formula.

Defining Pain and Suffering

There are two types of pain and suffering – physical and emotional. We will review both types of pain and suffering in this blog and how they are calculated.

Emotional pain and suffering: The experience of a traumatic incident and the aftermath of coping with the resulting injuries can take a massive toll on the survivor. Emotional pain and suffering in this context includes shock, fear, emotional distress, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, humiliation, and anger. In severe cases, a victim might also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe mood swings, lack of energy, and sexual dysfunction. The impact of emotional pain and suffering on a person’s life can be profound and that is why it is considered when compensating a victim of a negligent act.

Physical pain and suffering: The physical pain and suffering from an injury can be excruciating. The compensation you receive will include both the pain you suffered to date as well as any of the future pain and suffering that is you likely as a result of the incident.

Calculating Pain and Suffering

In most cases, the amount of a settlement or verdict after trial is based on what a jury has previously awarded in similar cases.

Other factors might also include:

• The credibility of the plaintiff

• The consistency of the plaintiff’s testimony

• If the physician supports the plaintiff’s claims

• If the plaintiff’s injuries, diagnosis, and claims are consistent with the plaintiff’s claims of pain and suffering

To maximize compensation for your injuries, hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you to advocate passionately and effectively for you.

Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney About Your Case Today!

At Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna, P.C., our personal injury team is committed to representing the wrongfully injured and their families. We understand this is a difficult time for you and will dedicate our resources to ensuring you are appropriately compensated for your pain and suffering. You should not have to bear this burden on your own. Rely on a team with the experience and compassion to get you through it.

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