After an accident in Florida, the victim can seek compensation from those responsible for their injuries.
One aspect of compensation for victims is pain and suffering damages in Florida, but what exactly does that entail?
The amount of pain and suffering that an accident victim endures as a result of their injuries varies case to case, but this one component of compensation can have a significant impact on your overall award.
To learn more about pain and suffering damages in Florida and to discuss your claims with a highly qualified professional, call or contact Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon today.
Economic and Noneconomic Damages
Compensation after an accident includes payment for economic and noneconomic harms. Economic damages refer to all out of pocket expenses caused by the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic compensation refers to the less tangible, but still impactful harm caused by an accident. This can include payment for emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, the loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
Components of Pain and Suffering
Compensation for pain and suffering takes into account the physical and mental damage caused by your injuries. The physical aspect compensates a victim for the actual pain felt by the injuries after the accident, during rehabilitation, and for any future pain that the victim may continue to suffer as a result of the accident. Mental suffering includes payment for any fear, anxiety, depression, embarrassment, anger, and other negative emotions caused by the accident.
Because pain and suffering is an incredibly subjective component of compensation for accident injuries, the court will typically look at a number of factors to help in determining the proper level of damages. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The severity of the injuries
- The length of recovery
- The impact on the victim’s daily life
- The type of medical treatment received and that the victim will continue to receive
- The overall prognosis of the victim and any potential permanent harm
How to Establish Pain and Suffering in Your Case
There are many pieces of evidence that can support the amount of pain and suffering caused by the injuries in your accident. Medical documentation about the extent of your injuries, treatment, and future prognosis is a good foundation for pain and suffering damages. Mental health professionals can also provide expert guidance on the amount of mental suffering and anguish caused by the accident, and personal testimony on the impact of the injuries can also go a long way. Witness testimony by family, friends, and coworkers can also help establish the level of pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney today to learn more.
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