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February 28, 2017 Social Share
Pain and suffering is a way to recover money to compensate for the impact an accident or injury had on a victim. Some payments (referred to as damages) are designed to punish offenders who were negligent. This money is often intended to get the life of a plaintiff back on track.
These damages are split up between special damages (monetary figures that can be objectively calculated) and general damages (subjective figures determined by a judge or jury based on evidence, testimonies, and interpretations).
Personal injury attorneys are the most qualified to evaluate injury cases objectively and honestly to determine if general or special damages should be pursued.
Pain and suffering (general damages) is any physical or mental pain suffered after an accident or injury.
General damages include:
However, there are some factors that judges and juries will commonly consider when evaluating pain and suffering:
Anything that falls under special damages isn’t considered pain and suffering. Special damages are monetary figures that can be added up to an objective, definite dollar amount.
Special damages may include:
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