Were you injured in an accident? Did you know that the biggest portion of your personal injury compensation might also be the most difficult to claim?
One type of compensation available to personal injury victims is called “pain and suffering.” Below is your guide to successfully calculating and claiming pain and suffering.
According to Nolo, there are two types of pain and suffering: physical and mental.
Physical pain and suffering is the pain from actual physical injuries. It includes not just the pain and discomfort that the accident victim has endured, but also the negative physical effects that he or she is likely to suffer in the future as a result of the accident.
Mental pain and suffering results from the accident victim’s physical injuries, but it is more of a by-product of those bodily injuries. Mental pain and suffering can include mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, fear, anger, humiliation, anxiety, shock, anger, depression, loss of appetite, lack of energy, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and more. Severe mental pain and suffering can even cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mental pain and suffering can be summed up as any kind of negative emotion that an accident victim suffers as a result of enduring the physical pain and trauma of an accident.
Like physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering can also account for the negative mental conditions that the victim will likely suffer in the future as a result of the accident.
How Do Judges Award Pain and Suffering in Mississippi?
According to FindLaw, because there is no dollar amount immediately associated with pain and suffering, awards are considered non-economic (or “general”) damages.
Some of the factors that may be considered when attempting to place a dollar value on pain and suffering include:
However, pain and suffering is never simple. There are many more factors that a judge could use to determine pain and suffering compensation. It’s important to have an attorney’s help if you want the outcome of your case to be in your favor.
Because pain and suffering is so complex, victims often walk away with less than they deserve. But this doesn’t have to happen to you!
How to Successfully Claim Compensation
The best way to ensure maximum compensation is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
When you’re facing major life changes, negative results, and medical bills because of someone else’s negligence, it’s time to claim the full compensation available to you by law. Don’t settle for anything less! Injured in Jackson, MS? Contact us online or at 601-914-1025.
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