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How Do You Measure Pain and Suffering?

If you’re involved in a personal injury case, you have probably heard the phrase “pain and suffering.” This is an important legal concept that many don’t fully understand. Many wonder “How can I put a price tag on what I’m experiencing?” In today’s blog post, we’ll discuss!

Proving Damages Related to Pain and Suffering

Part of filing a lawsuit after an injury is showing your damages. An example of damage as it relates to property would be the cost of fixing your vehicle after an auto accident. To prove damages in a personal injury case, you must first prove that you were injured. You’ll likely use medical records, photos, and x-rays as evidence. Once you can demonstrate you’ve been injured, it stands to reason that your injury has caused you pain and suffering. 

Types of Pain and Suffering

During any lawsuit, it is essential to be precise so that courts will understand you clearly. The more information you can provide about what you experienced, the easier it will be for the court to make an appropriate ruling. These are some examples of types of pain and suffering that may be involved in your case:

  • Physical pain: Did you experience soreness? Post-surgery aches? Chronic pain? Of course, the most intense pain likely occurred when the injury first occurred, but the healing process can be painful too and the physical suffering may never go away completely.
  • Less enjoyment in your daily life: Are you no longer able to participate in activities that used to bring you joy? Spent all your weekends hiking but can’t climb a steep hill anymore? If your injuries get in the way of your hobbies, this certainly counts as a form of suffering.
    • Mental anguish: There’s an emotional side to injuries. Have you been afraid to ride in a car ever since your accident? Are you struggling with memory loss? Insomnia? Depression?
  • Scarring or disfigurement: Did your injury change your appearance? Scars, loss of limb, and other disfigurements contribute to your pain and suffering?
  • Shortened life expectancy: Some injuries cause damage to organs, leaving you more susceptible to illnesses and even reducing your life expectancy.

Fighting for Justice 

At the Law Offices of Patrick L. Goss, we understand what you are going through and we’re willing to stand up and fight on your behalf. No one should have to go through the pain and suffering associated with an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Our team is committed to helping you get the largest settlement possible. We may not be able to take away your pain, but we want to help in the way we can – using the law. Contact us today.

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