Understanding Pain & Suffering

How do you put a price-tag on pain and suffering? At Sutton Law Group, this is a question we often hear from our personal injury clients. When you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence and you sue them, some of the damages are straightforward and relatively easy to calculate. Take medical bills, for example. You know exactly how much your medical bills cost and you have documentation to prove it. But in most personal injury cases, “pain and suffering” is also considered among the damages. If you’ve endured a serious injury, you know that the actual pain and suffering you endure is more significant than anyone who hasn’t experienced can understand. You also know that all the money in the world couldn’t make up for what you have been through. So, again: How do you put a price-tag on pain and suffering?

Florida has no uniform standard for measuring one’s pain and suffering. The amount of compensation you can get will essentially come down to what you and your attorney can convince a jury is fair and reasonable. What this comes down to, in essence, is that the more serious your injury and the more skilled your attorney, the higher the compensation you can get for your pain and suffering.

Things to consider when you think about pain and suffering in a personal injury case:

  • A doctor may be able to write a letter on your behalf to describe the level of physical pain associated with your injuries.
  • You can also write a letter of your own, describing what you’ve experienced in your own words. This is a great way to express personal losses that have huge meaning, such as “My shoulder pain is so severe that I am unable to hold my newborn grandchild,” or “Painting was my primary hobby and biggest source of joy before this injury. Losing my ability to grasp a paintbrush makes me feel heartbroken and lost.”
  • It can also be very effective to testify in person about your pain and suffering.
  • Family and friends who have seen how much you’ve suffered can also testify in person or in writing.
  • Keep in mind that pain and suffering is separate from (and in addition to) more concrete losses like medical bills and lost wages.

If you have been injured, you need the guidance of a skilled and experienced lawyer who understands what you are going through. The team at Sutton Law Group is ready to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To discuss your personal injury case, give us a call at (305) 667-4481.

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