When you’ve been in an accident involving an injury, you’ve likely sustained economic loss in the form of medical bills and lost wages. In addition, you’re probably experiencing a significant amount of physical pain and emotional anguish as a result of the accident. In Florida, you may be entitled to compensation for this pain and suffering.
What is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering includes any physical, emotional, or mental distress that you’ve experienced as the result of an accident. There are a number of factors that a court may look at to determine the extent of an individual’s pain and suffering, including:
- The duration and extent of the injuries sustained
- The effect these injuries have had on the overall well-being and mental and physical health of the individual
- The physical pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and what can be expected to be suffered in the future
- Any disfigurement and the embarrassment associated with the disfigurement
- Any loss of capacity to enjoy life
While it can be difficult to put a dollar figure on someone’s pain and suffering, these factors can help establish a framework for determining the extent of someone’s anguish.
Examples of Pain and Suffering
The extent and type of pain and suffering endured depends entirely on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the injuries sustained. Some examples of pain and suffering include:
- If you sustained burn injuries as the result of a serious truck accident and these burns are still painful and resulted in significant scarring, you may be able to recover damages for the physical pain you continue to suffer and the disfigurement you sustained.
- If you fractured your leg in a car accident and sustained serious pain for nine months, you may be able to recover damages for the period of time you were in pain and unable to engage in your daily activities.
Contact a Tampa Bay Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced injury attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.