If you’ve ever been hurt in an accident of any kind, you know that the injury itself isn’t always the worst part. Bones can heal, and with some injuries, you will eventually make a full recovery and get on with your life. So, what is the worst part of being injured if not the injury itself?
Many accident victims can attest that the accident or injury wasn’t the worst part of the experience, but rather the aftermath that caused the most pain and suffering. So, what is pain and suffering and how is it calculated in California lawsuits?
When the phrase pain and suffering is used with regard to injury cases, it refers to the experience of the injury and accident and how that experience has affected your life.
For instance, pain and suffering can include the physical pain of your injuries, the mental and emotional trauma caused by the injury or incident, as well as other issues that you are dealing with as a result of your injury. In the case of serious injuries, you could also be dealing with permanent injury, scarring, disfigurement, and an inability to enjoy your life as you once did.
How does one calculate pain and suffering? It’s not easy, and every case is unique. People experience events differently, so not every injury will result in the same pain and suffering.
For instance, one person can break an arm and go back to work the next day without any anxiety over the injury. Another person can break their arm and be out of work for many months and be struck with debilitating pain that has prevented them from enjoying their life.
Your injury experience is uniquely yours, and you will have to factor in all the negative effects of your accident and injuries to come up with a settlement that you believe fairly compensates you for your pain and suffering.
Now you know a little more about how pain and suffering is calculated in California lawsuits. In order to figure out the value of your lawsuit, speak with an attorney from The Kindley Firm, APC, today. A free case consultation is given to those who call 619-550-1313. Additionally, you’re always welcome to visit our website to learn more about submitting an injury lawsuit in California.