What Is the Meaning of Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Claim?

In a personal injury lawsuit or legal claim, people may be able to request compensation relating to pain and suffering. “Pain and suffering” is a legal term.

“Pain and suffering” is literally what it sounds like. It attempts to put a value on the suffering and pain that you have gone through as a result of your accident. It includes accident-related emotional as well as physical trauma you have had to endure.

Pain and suffering is measured by many subjective factors, including:

  • Accident-related emotional, mental and physical distress and discomfort
  • Inability to maintain the active lifestyle you may have been accustomed to in the past
  • Loss of enjoyment of life after suffering a permanent injury or being scarred permanently in some other way from the accident
  • The loss of your ability to actively parent your children because of permanent injury or other problems stemming from the accident
  • Humiliation and embarrassment from scarring and disfigurement
  • Fear, anxiety, depression and other disorders that are related to driving or other actions after the accident

Some people cannot get back on a highway after a crash. Other people may become very sensitive in social situations after an accident. Still others may jump each time they hear a loud noise that reminds them of the crash. These issues can all be taken into account when it comes to pain and suffering.

A personal injury attorney can help place a dollar amount on these subjective measures, and then can aim to prove how you have suffered as a result of a personal injury.

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Maryland attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for the rights of the injured in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro areas since 1984. He will leave no stone unturned in an effort to build a strong personal injury case on behalf of his clients. His work has earned him honors, respect and recognition from his peers and clients.

Mr. Smith has been included on the Maryland Super Lawyer List and has earned a 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, the AV-Preeminent™* Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible. He has also been named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell (2012).

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