In many cases, compensation for pain and suffering is the largest component of a car accident case. It’s helpful to know the legal definition of pain and suffering.
In general, “pain and suffering” refers to non-economic damages associated with a serious personal injury. It can refer to not only physical pain but also to emotional distress.
Determining how much you should be compensated for pain and suffering is highly personal to your case. Two people may experience the same injury, but the effect of that injury on their lives can be vastly different.
For example, if you are a new mother, a back injury may prevent you from picking up your child. If you are a runner, it can prevent you from doing the thing you enjoy. Because pain and suffering is highly personal, it’s important to keep a journal and record each day how the injury has affected you. That journal could be valuable evidence in your case.
Here are some factors in determining how much compensation you deserve for pain and suffering:
- The severity of your injury
- The medical treatment and rehabilitation you were forced to endure
- How long it took you to recover from your injury
- The long-term effects of the injury on your life, if you have suffered a permanent injury
The sooner you contact our attorneys after a car crash, the sooner we can go to work documenting your claim and helping you recover the maximum compensation.