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What is Compensation for "Pain and Suffering"?

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You may have heard the phrase "pain and suffering" before, but you may not know what it means. Simply put, pain and suffering represents the negative changes to your life that were caused by your car accident, motorcycle crash, or another type of accident.

Many people have a bad opinion of those who file a claim that includes pain and suffering. But the truth is that, as any victim will tell you, there's nothing they wouldn't give to have their old lives back again.

What Kinds of Things Does "Pain and Suffering" Represent?

When we say "pain and suffering," we're talking about a variety of ways in which an accident can affect your life.

Under Pennsylvania law, you can receive compensation for a list of things that fall under the category of "Noneconomic Loss," including:

  • Past and Future Pain and Suffering – This includes any past and future physical pain, mental anguish, discomfort, inconvenience, and stress.
  • Embarrassment and Humiliation – This covers anything caused by the crash that could leave the victim feeling ashamed of their injuries, like burns, paralysis, and amputation.
  • Enjoyment of Life – This compensation is for victims who have lost enjoyment of the pleasures of life due to the car accident.
  • Disfigurement – This represents any scars or permanent damage caused by an accident or the surgery necessary to treat the car accident injuries.

A man suffered injuries in a car accident and can't have the same job that he used to have. A young girl hit in a pedestrian accident ends up with scars on her face. A woman is wheelchair-bound because of a truck accident. These are just a few examples of situations that can cause pain and suffering from a car accident.

In addition, the spouse of an injured victim can receive money for "Loss of Consortium," which means that they've lost companionship and the ability to be close to their husband or wife.

Contact Us Today for a Free Legal Evaluation

If you were seriously injured in a car accident, contact us today for a no obligation, free legal evaluation.

Since 1982, we've helped thousands of accident victims get the money they deserve for their pain and suffering. We can't do what we'd really like to do – turn back the clock – but we can fight for you and get you justice for what happened to you.

Call us toll-free at 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427), or submit your information online for your free legal evaluation. Phones answer 24/7.

Remember, evidence disappears quickly, and there are time limits to file a claim. Get started today, before it's too late.

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