One of the most common compensations awarded in negligence lawsuits is for pain and suffering. In our society, we often hear the term but may not understand what it is. If someone else’s negligence caused you to be involved in an accident, it’s important for you to understand the meaning of the term and how it might impact a potential lawsuit.
Pain And Suffering
The term “pain and suffering” in legal language refers to the physical and emotional aftermath that individuals experience after an accident.
This can include such varied effects as:
- Chronic pain
- Emotional depression
- Shortened life expectancy.
When a lawsuit is filed after an injury, the plaintiff usually seeks compensation for any money directly lost because of the injury. As well as the “pain and suffering” incurred because of the injury itself.
The term “compensatory damages” refers to the money sought to reimburse for direct costs incurred due to the injury. In a typical damages lawsuit, the plaintiff could file compensation for hospital bills and lost wages.
What Affects Pain And Suffering
Compensatory damages are easy to affix a definite price to. There are many outside factors that affect the amount of money awarded for these kind of damages. Factors such as the specific economic circumstances and other political factors in the trial area play a significant role when juries decide to award money for pain and suffering. The personality and specific life circumstances of the plaintiff can also be important to juries.
The court may award pain and suffering damages outside of trial. They are often in arbitration, mediation, and insurance settlements. In these cases, litigating claims is not necessarily required. Laws in many states limit the amount that individuals can claim in such damages.
How Habush Attorneys Can Help
Attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier can help you navigate the legalese and get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Reach out to us today if you or your loved one has suffered an injury, to discuss your case. The first call is free and confidential.