Car Accidents - Calculate Pain And Suffering Settlement


What is car accident pain and suffering?

There is not a precise legal definition of pain and suffering, but many car accident lawyers and insurance adjusters use the term to refer to the damages and injuries that cannot be quantified or do not have a set or easily determined dollar amount.

When you are involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries and damages. Many of the damages that you suffered can be quantified in dollar amounts. For example, you have doctor and/or hospital bills for $x.xx. The dollar amounts are set and can easily be proven.

However, other injuries suffered in an auto accident cannot be quantified in dollar amounts. For example, you are so sore that you cannot hardly move, or you suffered a broken arm. You were injured and you are entitled to compensation for these injuries. But it is hard to quantify these injuries in dollar amounts. These un-quantified types of injuries are generally included in the catch all term pain and suffering by car accident lawyers and insurance adjusters.

Other examples of injuries suffered in car accidents and included in the term pain and suffering are: physical discomfort, aches, pains, stiffness, broken bones, loss of use (either temporary or permanent) of a body part such as an arm or leg, inability (either temporary or permanent) to perform activities (whether necessary or for fun and enjoyment), emotional pain, worry, and anxiety. This list is simply an illustration and not a complete list by any means.

After a car accident, what factors do lawyers and insurance adjusters include when they calculate pain and suffering settlement?

As stated above, it is impossible to precisely calculate pain and suffering settlement amounts. However there are some "guidelines" that are used by car accident lawyers.

First, the more severe the injury suffered in a car accident, the more compensation to which you are entitled. Soreness and stiffness are bad, but a broken leg is worse. And the broken leg is worth more.

Second, the duration of the injury affects the amount to which you are entitled. After an auto accident, you can be extremely sore or stiff for several days. However, a broken arm will take weeks to heal. Because it takes longer to recover from a broken arm that it does to recover from soreness, the broken arm is worth more in a car accident settlement.

Third, you are entitled to compensation for each injury that you suffer in a car accident. If you suffer both soreness and a broken leg, you are entitled to be compensated for both. Sometimes, multiple injuries can increase the severity of the single injuries. For example, because of both soreness and a broken leg at the same time, you may be more limited in what you can do as compared to what you could do if you had suffered just either soreness or a broken leg.

Fourth, injuries affect different people in different ways. For instance, a broken left arm suffered in an auto accident is more of a problem for a left handed person than it is for a right handed person. And in that situation, the left handed person should receive more in a settlement than a right handed person.

Go to Car Accidents - Calculate Pain And Suffering Settlement, Part 2 for answers to how do you calculate car accident pain and suffering and how do you prove pain and suffering?

This is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state who has experience with car accident settlements.

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