What Does “Pain and Suffering” Mean in Lawsuits?

When someone else has hurt you, in an accident or because of wrongful behavior, you can file a lawsuit seeking damages. There are many different types of damages you can request compensation for, such as monetary and non-monetary damages.

Most people know that they can receive compensation for the money they’ve lost, such as medical bills, property damage, and transportation expenses. Not many people realize that they can actually be paid for their non-monetary losses as well.

Non-monetary losses are those things your injury has caused you to suffer that aren’t tied to money. Things like mental trauma, fear, anxiety, stress, etc. These are your non-monetary losses, often referred to as “pain and suffering.”

Let’s look at a few examples:

If you were injured in an auto collision and you suffered property damage, a serious broken bone injury, and you were in the hospital for months, you likely suffered from “pain and suffering” as well, right? Your pain and suffering refers to the following:

  • Your physical pain from your injuries
  • The pain over the months of medical treatment and rehabilitation
  • The stress and anxiety your broken bone injury causes
  • The worry over whether your injury will fully heal
  • The anxiety over ever getting into a car again
  • The flashbacks of your terrifying auto accident you experience on a daily basis
  • The fact that you will have a permanent scar because of your accident
  • The fact that your mobility will be forever diminished
  • Your inability to work the job you once did
  • Your inability to engage in activities you once enjoyed

This list is not even exhaustive. There are so many ways that an accident, or an injury caused by another person’s wrongful or negligent behavior, could affect your life.

Here’s another example:

You were assaulted and you suffered a brain injury as a result of the violent encounter you survived. The attack left you hospitalized for months and your cognitive functioning is diminished. You have difficulty remembering things and you can’t read without becoming tired, nor can you process the information you read.

You used to have a job as an accountant but you can’t perform those job duties anymore because of your brain injury. You feel useless and hopeless. You feel like you have no future.

The above example shows all the pain and suffering that an assault could cause a person.

The above are only two examples of injuries that a person could experience and what kind of suffering those experiences can bring about in a person’s life. Many would argue that the pain and suffering of an injury accident could be far worse than the actual accident or than the monetary losses.

All injuries are unique and your suffering is unique, as well. Though you can’t truly put a price tag on a person’s trauma, you do deserve to receive monetary justice for what you’ve been through. Your pain and suffering is likely great, and your injuries have probably changed your life. You are owed compensation for your losses.

To receive the compensation you deserve you must file a personal injury case against the person who hurt you. Filing and winning your case means money in your pocket so that you can provide for a future that follows a serious injury. Contact one of the Riverside injury lawyers in order to get started on a case.

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