Not all injuries are physical, and those of us who’ve experienced trauma or mental anguish know firsthand how deep those wounds can cut. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence or mistake, you could be eligible to receive compensation for the damage you experienced, including any pain and suffering you endured.
In order to determine the monetary worth of your pain and suffering, you need to understand precisely how Florida law handles pain and suffering and by what means the courts calculate the value. To learn more, read below.
What is Pain and Suffering?
Florida law divides all damages up into two general categories: economic and non-economic. Any damage that resulted in financial loss, such as medical bills, property damage, or lost income will be categorized as an economic loss. Any other type of damage that does not directly result in financial loss is categorized as non-economic damage.
Types of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience. Pain and suffering can include any of the following:
- Physical pain
- Physical discomfort
- Mental pain, including fear, anger, anxiety, and shock
- Emotional distress
- Depression, or loss of enjoyment of life
Determining the Value of Pain & Suffering Damages
The value of pain and suffering damages can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the case and the nature of the accident. For example, if the car crash was fatal, the surviving spouse may seek compensation for loss of consortium for the lost companionship and love. If, however, the individual had survived and suffered a painful bone break, but the pain only lasted a few months, the damages would be of a significantly lower value. In order to determine the true potential value of your case, you need to discuss the details with an experienced car accident attorney.
Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. to get started on your car accident case.