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How is Pain and Suffering Calculated?

Pain and suffering compensation can be challenging to calculate, especially in the stressful period after an accident. While there are a wealth of online calculators that will estimate compensation for pain and suffering, you can find the most accurate determination if you contact a lawyer to talk about your case. A lawyer will listen to your account, explain what factors will be considered to determine your pain and suffering, and give you a better idea of what compensation you might expect.

 

Definition Of Pain & Suffering

An accident settlement includes pain and suffering damages, as well as economic factors such as medical costs, rehabilitation bills, and lost wages from not being able to work. These economic damages come with extensive documentation that makes their costs easy to calculate, but pain and suffering is harder to estimate. It includes any situation, pain, or emotional distress you went through as a result of an accident.

 

Insurance Companies

In cases where a person is injured in an accident in which the other party is clearly at fault, the injured party will receive compensation for pain and suffering. However, the amount of compensation initially offered through an insurance company is generally very low.

Working with a personal injury attorney can help you get a fairer offer from your insurance company. Not only will a personal injury attorney help increase your insurance compensation, but they know all the ins and outs of the legal system, how to contact and communicate with insurance companies, and how to represent you in court if necessary.

 

What Factors Are Considered?

When an insurance company is looking at what/how to compensate you for pain and suffering there are a few different factors they will be looking at. These factors include: the type and severity of your injuries; how your injuries have impacted your life, relationships, and work; the amount of medical treatment you will need; how long your healing process will be; and whether you’ll need future care such as home car, therapy, surgeries, or medication.

 

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