What Is Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Claim

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When it comes to personal injury claims, you’ll often hear the term pain and suffering used when evaluating damages. The terms pain and suffering are used to describe both the physical and mental anguish that arose due to the incident. While the phrase may be familiar, what it means might not be as clear. When it comes to seeking compensation for pain and suffering, it is beneficial to understand what this phrase means.

Economic Factors

When you get injured, your financial situation is often impacted. Your economic factors are the easiest to evaluate since they often have a clear paper trail. Your medical expenses, as well as lost income, will be used to calculate what you lost monetarily due to the accident. Your attorney will use bills, receipts, wage statements, and other hard numbers to calculate your loss.

Non-Economic Factors

Non-economic factors can be a bit trickier to calculate. These factors include not only your physical pain but your mental and emotional anguish as well. This can involve depression, anxiety, fear, and other emotional distress linked to the incident. There are a few different routes that your attorney can take when calculating this number. Your attorney may use factors such as your age, the severity of the injury, the medical treatment you required, duration of your recovery period, your economic loss if you became disabled, and other factors that play into overall compensation. In Oregon, there is no limit to how much you can seek when pursuing this claim for personal injury cases.

Work With a Professional

If you feel you deserve pain and suffering compensation, it is important to work with an attorney experienced in personal injury law. These cases can be complicated, so it is important to work with someone experienced who can get you the highest level of compensation you qualify for. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.


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