When you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you can file a civil lawsuit to recover damages. Some of these damages are self-explanatory economic compensation, like the cost of your medical bills, therapy, lost wages due to the accident, and property damage.
Pain and suffering damages are a little different; they’re not easily quantified. Unlike economic damages, you can’t point to a bill for car repairs or medical treatment and say, “This is what my suffering is worth.” However, when you have lasting emotional or physical pain, or your reputation has been damaged, you deserve to be compensated. Here’s what “pain and suffering” means when it comes to damages.
What Qualifies as ‘Pain and Suffering?’
Pain and suffering can manifest in dozens of forms. Some of the most common types are:
- Loss of enjoyment of life. If your injury severely damaged or removed your ability to enjoy hobbies and activities that you once loved, you may recover damages for this.
- Loss of quality of life. When your injuries are so severe that you cannot enjoy or engage in activities or work as you once did, this may apply.
- Permanent disfigurement, like facial paralysis, severe burns or loss of limb falls into this category.
- Mental and emotional distress. If your accident has caused you lasting emotional and mental trauma, this can be accounted for as well.
- Loss of reputation. It’s hard to calculate how much your reputation is worth—whether personal or professional—but you can recover compensation for this damage.
- You may be able to recover damages for grief when an accident results in losing someone or something dear to you, like a friend, family member, precious item or otherwise.
- Loss of companionship. This is also referred to as loss of consortium. It refers to the pain and suffering you experience when your partner or your child’s parent dies or is incapacitated due to an accident. You likely relied on their presence in your life for anything from raising children to spending your golden years together.
- Sexual dysfunction. While often embarrassing, losing your ability to function sexually is a huge disruption to a person’s life. If your accident caused this issue, you may be able to recover damages.
These aren’t the only types of pain and suffering damages available. Your attorney will help you discover which ones apply to your case.
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