Can I Sue for Pain and Suffering?

  • When you’re hurt in a serious accident, you may already be thinking about suing for your injuries. The expenses are piling up, and you don’t want to pay for them yourself. But what about the pain and suffering you’ve experienced because of your injuries? Are you due compensation for these? 

    The costs of your pain and suffering damages can affect your mental and emotional health, and you may be due compensation for those losses. If you’re hurt and suffering, but you’re not sure where to turn, talk to an attorney about your losses and what compensation you could recover. 

    Non-Economic Damages

    Your losses caused by the accident should be compensated fairly by the at-fault party. These are known as economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may not be so hard to calculate as they usually have bills attached, but your non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, can be challenging to add up. 

    Pain and suffering is intangible. That means you don’t have a price tag for your losses. You instead have lost your comfort, your freedom from your pain, and your health. 

    For example, let’s say you suffered through a painful burn injury. You may have already included your bills, but what about the physical and mental toll of your pain? You may be unable to sleep, or you may have lost some of your mobility. Now, you’re not just in pain. You also can’t do the things you once loved to do. You may need a personal injury lawyer to help you with your claim because of this. 

    How to Calculate Your Pain and Suffering

    Luckily, your lawyer can also help you by providing the right tools for your lawsuit. These tools should help you find the costs of your pain and suffering based on the details of your suffering. The impact and severity of the accident may affect the compensation you receive. 

    For example, let’s say you’re an office worker, and you broke your leg. You’re in a lot of pain, but you’re sitting at a desk for most of the day, so you don’t miss much work, and your personal life hasn’t been greatly impacted. But what if you suffered the same injury as a pro athlete? A broken leg could end your career. That’s not just a monetary loss—that’s a personal, emotional loss. 

    Because an athlete may have lost their ability to do things they loved, they may receive more compensation than a sedentary employee. The more your life is directly affected by the injury, the more non-economic damages you may be entitled to. 

    Need Help? Connect with a Lawyer about Your Damages

    Your lawsuit following an accident isn’t only about the financial costs of your injuries. It’s also about getting compensated for the suffering you’ve experienced. If you’ve been hurt, you can call the lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your options and how you can sue for pain and suffering. Ready to get started? Call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or visit us online for more guidance.