Updated February 20, 2020
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).
Pain and suffering are considered general damages and include any physical or mental pain suffered after an accident or injury. These damages can include the following:
However, there are some factors that judges and juries will commonly consider when evaluating pain and suffering:
Anything that falls under special damages is not considered pain and suffering. Special damages are monetary figures that can be added up to an objective, definite dollar amount. These may include the following:
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of negligence, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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