Suing someone for pain and suffering is a difficult thing to do, and requires a legal expert and lots of proof. Here is an introduction to understanding “pain and suffering” damages and how personal injury lawyers can help you.
Pain can be difficult to define, but it can be divided into actual physical pain and emotional, or psychological, pain. It can include broken bones and other physical damage, but may also include missing children’s birthdays, a worsening of a relationship, or the inability to pursue passions you once were able to.
It is your attorney’s role to demonstrate to a jury that you have undergone the amount you’re claiming.
Again, there’s no clear chart on how to measure pain and suffering. However, medical bills from hospital stays and doctor’s visits usually lead the way. If you spent hundreds on a hospital visit, some more on follow up appointments and physical therapy, and more on psychological services, these can be tallied up and counted towards the settlement.
It’s important to note that it’s much easier to demonstrate physical damage then mental, so if you’re feeling mental anguish from an accident, see a professional to have documented proof of the suffering.
Suing for pain and suffering can be difficult, but a good attorney will be able to demonstrate your case if you’ve kept track of it.
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