Pain and Suffering – Demystified
In some personal injury cases, a person who has experienced pain as a result of an injury may be awarded a type of compensation called “pain and suffering.” The court tries to assign a value to your pain, suffering, loss and inconvenience as you work, play with your kids, and live your life.
Pain and suffering is different from expenses like doctors’ visits and hospital bills. Here are some general examples:
- Physical pains as a result of an injury like soft-tissue damage from a car accident
- Emotional trauma if accompanied by physical trauma
- Limits on personal activities like the ability to lift heavy things
- Anxiety from the accident and medical treatment – during the process or even into the future if the injuries are serious.
- Aggravation of a pre-existing condition
- Inability to enjoy life as before accident
Are There Limitations to Pain and Suffering Compensation in Georgia?
Currently, in the State of Georgia there is no limit or cap on the total amount of pain and suffering damages that can be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit. Millions of dollars have been awarded in rare situations involving extreme injuries or death. Awards in the thousands are more common, but every injury case is different.
Am I Eligible for Pain and Suffering?
While our attorneys get this question a lot, there is no set answer. It depends on a number of factors, and requires us to really understand the details of the accident and injuries. Sometimes there may even be multiple lawsuits required to get you the best compensation possible.
If you experienced some sort of mental or physical pain as a result of an injury, be sure to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case and understand your legal options.
Contact Macon Personal Injury Attorneys Buzzell, Welsh & Hill Today
The personal injury team at Buzzell, Welsh & Hill understands the Georgia legal system inside and out. Our Macon attorneys will explain pain and suffering in the terms of your unique situation, then we can review the best strategy possible to help win your case.
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