Accidents happen all the time in Orlando and when they do, people become seriously injured. If you have been hurt due to thenegligence, or carelessness, of another person, you may be able to file a claim against them for financial compensation. Through a personal injury claim, you can obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and other losses. One very common type of compensation available in personal injury claims is for your pain and suffering.
Damages for pain and suffering are non-economic damages, which means they do not have a concrete value. Still, the many types of losses these damages cover can help restore you and make you whole. Below, our Orlando personal injury lawyer outlines what pain and suffering damages are meant to cover, and how they are calculated.
What Do Pain and Suffering Damages Cover?
The term “pain and suffering” is a very broad one that covers many of the different losses and injuries you will incur after an accident. You can claim pain and suffering damages if you have suffered one or more of the following losses:
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of consortium, or an inability to have intimate relations with your spouse
The above are just a few of the most common losses pertaining to pain and suffering damages. You may have sustained others, as well. An Orlando personal injury lawyer can review the facts of your case and identify all of your losses, so you can claim the full settlement you deserve.
How Are Damages for Pain and Suffering Calculated?
People unfamiliar with personal injury law may not know how to attempt calculating damages for pain and suffering. However, lawyers and insurance companies will usually rely on one of two methods. These are as follows:
- The per diem method: The per diem method will assign a daily dollar value on your pain and suffering. The number of days you experienced pain and suffering from the date of your accident is then calculated. The dollar value is then multiplied by the number of days to determine the amount of pain and suffering damages you deserve.
- The multiplication method: The multiplication method is somewhat simpler. Using this method, your economic damages, or those that have an actual dollar value, are calculated together. The sum of these damages is then multiplied by 1.5 to 5, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries to give the amount of pain and suffering damages you are entitled to.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Orlando Can Accurately Value Your Claim
After being involved in an accident, you deserve full damages. At Benenati Law Firm, our Orlando personal injury lawyers will fully review the facts of your case and accurately value your claim so you can obtain the full financial compensation you justly deserve. Call us today at 407-777-7777 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys and to learn more.