What is Compensation for "Pain and Suffering?"

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You may have heard the phrase "pain and suffering," but wonder what it actually means. Maybe you even think that people who sue someone for "pain and suffering" don't really deserve that extra compensation.

Or, if you've been seriously injured in an accident, you may know all too well the reality of the pain and suffering you experience.

Any accident victim will tell you there's nothing they wouldn't give to have their old lives back again. However, compensation for "pain and suffering" attempts to make up for the hardships the accident victim endures.

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

When we say "pain and suffering," we're talking about a variety of ways that 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 accident that could leave the victim feeling ashamed of their injuries, such as burns, paralysis, and amputation.
  • Enjoyment of Life – This compensation is for victims who have lost enjoyment of the pleasures of life due to the accident.
  • Disfigurement – This represents any scars or permanent damage caused by an accident or the surgery necessary to treat the car accident injuries.

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.

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