Understanding Pain & Suffering in Personal Injury Cases

Pain and suffering in Los Angeles car accident personal injury cases

What is Pain & Suffering?

Pain and suffering goes beyond physical injuries; it includes emotional distress, anxiety, and life disruptions caused by an accident. It’s the intangible toll that can significantly impact your well-being, such as a disability or a disfigurement. Pain and suffering is intangible in many car accident and personal injury cases, but it is a very important part of a claim or a lawsuit in California. 

Calculating Pain & Suffering

Calculating pain and suffering damages if often complex and requires record keeping, expert opinion, and a searching prior cases to see what courts and juries have awarded. Factors considered may include the severity of the injury, length of recovery time, extent of disability or disfigurement, and amount of medical treatment required. Things like age, occupation, and hobbies may also impact how pain and suffering is evaluated. 

A Personal Injury Lawyer's Advantage When Dealing with Pain and Suffering

While formulas cannot precisely calculate non-economic damages, a personal injury attorney has the knowledge and experience to advocate for fair compensation for pain and suffering based on the unique circumstances of the case. They understand what similar cases have received in verdicts and settlements, and can negotiate or argue for an appropriate amount. They will also use experts, such as economists and doctors, to come up with a compensation figure that would adequately compensate the injured victim.

Remember, your well-being matters, and so does the journey toward recovery.

If you’re navigating a personal injury case, don’t go it alone—let a knowledgeable attorney be your guide. 

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