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How Do You Calculate Pain and Suffering?

An accident can leave you with significant damages of many different types. If you’ve been hurt and need to calculate the costs of your pain and suffering a Charlotte personal injury lawyer is here to help.

From medical bills to lost income, the real financial impact of your injuries can be sizable. 

However, economic damages aren’t the only damages you can suffer in an accident—there are also emotional losses to be taken into account. Read on to learn more about pain and suffering and what to remember when calculating the compensation you’re owed. 

What Is Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering is a frequently cited part of a personal injury claim. However, many people may not know exactly what it refers to—or, more importantly, how much they should ask for in compensation for their pain and suffering after an accident. 

There are two types of pain and suffering:

  • Physical Pain and SufferingAs the name suggests, physical pain and suffering relate to the discomfort one experiences on a bodily level after an injury. Furthermore, it could also include the discomfort or pain that one is likely to suffer in the future or on an ongoing basis. 
  • Emotional or Mental Pain and Suffering – While still the result of physical pain after an accident, mental pain and suffering are more about the emotional trauma or difficulties that one experiences as a result of an accident. 

Emotional pain and suffering encompasses a wide variety of discomfort, frustration, or setbacks that you can experience after an accident. 

Some examples include:

How Much Should I Ask for in Pain and Suffering?

The bottom line is that pain and suffering after an accident are real, and you deserve to be compensated fairly for the discomfort that the carelessness of the at-fault party has caused. 

However, in the same way that no two accidents are the same, it’s hard to know what a fair amount of compensation for pain and suffering looks like without consulting someone with experience litigating these types of cases. 

If your case goes to court, a judge may instruct the jury to simply use its own discretion when coming up with a figure. In settlement situations, it’s not unheard of for the insurance company to think of pain and suffering as a type of multiplier, usually between 1.5 and 4, that can be applied to the sum of your other damages based on the level of pain and suffering that you’ve experienced.

You can learn more about how much to ask for in pain and suffering compensation for your case by consulting with an experienced attorney for free. 

Let an Experienced Attorney Review Your Case for Free

Have you been injured in an accident? Don’t let the pain and discomfort you’ve experienced go unaccounted for. Let a personal injury lawyer with The Nye Law Group review your case for free. 

Call us at 912-200-5230 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation. 

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