How Do You Quantify Pain And Suffering?
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jul 26, 2011 in Advice
We are often asked how 'Pain and Suffering' are quantified in a personal injury law suit, so that proper restitution can be made.
How does a personal injury lawyer know how much a client deserves in a civil suit for pain and suffering?
Don't feel bad if you don't know when you contact your lawyer how much is due to you for pain and suffering (or other, more easily defined injuries); without years of experience in personal injury cases and an encyclopedic knowledge of Indiana law and precedent, your lawyer would be hard-pressed to come up with a good answer himself.
The truth is that each case is different, and the varied circumstances of each injury make getting to that answer all the more complicated. The type of accident may also have an effect of the severity of the injury - for example: a serious car accident in South Bend might produce a different type of injury compared to that of a slip and fall accident in a retail store.
Of course, the first thing that your attorney is likely to ask about your pain and suffering is how it has has been diagnosed and treated, and how much it has cost you.
Have you been on medication as a result of your pain and suffering?
- Have you visited a doctor?
- Are you attending therapy?
- Have you been unable to work?
A good chat with your lawyer can help you sort out the significant details of what your pain is costing you, as well as help your lawyer build your case. Contact a South Bend personal injury lawyer at our law firm today, for your free consultation. We'll help you first with answers, and second with results.