How Do You Calculate Pain and Suffering Damages?

How Do You Calculate Pain and Suffering Damages?

When you file a personal injury claim, you are seeking compensation from the liable parties for your injuries. This compensation—or damages—includes specific costs, such as medical bills, as well as those which are more subjective. These noneconomic damages are known as general damages, and pain and suffering falls into this category.

What Are Pain and Suffering Damages?

Pain and suffering damages are noneconomic losses resulting from your injuries. These include any resulting pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience or loss of capacity or enjoyment. These are issues that you would not otherwise have had to deal with it if weren’t for the accident.

How Are These Damages Calculated?

There is no exact formula for calculating pain and suffering damages. Several factors will come into play when determining the amount of compensation to seek for these damages, including:

  1. Medical bills. In general, higher medical bills will result in larger pain and suffering compensation.
  2. Nature of the injuries. If your injuries are minor and will not likely have much impact on your life going forward, your pain and suffering compensation will likely be low. However, if your injuries were very extensive and will have a permanent effect on your life, you will probably receive a much higher pain and suffering award.
  3. Recovery time. A recovery that takes only 3 months will probably result in a low pain and suffering award. If your recovery has taken many months or even years, you can probably expect higher compensation for these damages.

“If you have been injured in an accident, you know that pain and suffering are very real aspects of your injury. Our firm diligently fights for our clients to win compensation for the pain they’ve had to endure,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.