When you are injured in a Pennsylvania car accident, you suffer financial, physical, and emotional damages. Examples of financial damages include funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and personal care. These economic losses are recoverable from the party who caused the car accident under Pennsylvania's personal injury laws. Your physical and emotional damages are also recoverable.
What Are Physical Damages and Emotional Damages?
Physical and emotional damages is commonly referred to as "pain and suffering." Your physical damages include the physical pain you suffer due to your injuries, scarring, disfigurement, and permanent disability. You may have other physical damages depending on the injuries you sustained in the car accident.
Emotional damages cover the emotional "suffering" you endure because of the car accident. Emotional damages include but are not limited to stress, anxiety, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and grief.
The pain and suffering you will endure in the future are recoverable with the pain and suffering you have endured up to the date of the settlement.
Calculating Pain and Suffering Damages
It is more difficult to calculate pain and suffering damages than it is to calculate economic damages. Economic damages are "quantifiable" meaning they can be measured in actual monetary figures. For example, to calculate your medical damages, you add all of the medical expenses to date to any anticipated future medical expenses. You do this with all other economic damages.
However, pain and suffering is different for each person. Two people can suffer the same exact injury but their pain levels and the emotional suffering may be far different because each person experiences things in a unique way. Because there is not an "invoice" or a "bill" for your pain and suffering, we use several factors to calculate the dollar figure for pain and suffering.
Factors used to calculate pain and suffering damages include:
- The type of injuries sustained;
- The extent or severity of the injuries;
- The degree of permanent injury including scarring and disfigurement;
- The interruption to daily life including activities you are unable to perform due to your injuries;
- The impact of your physical injuries on your well-being;
- The emotional trauma suffered including stress, anguish, grief, pain, and anxiety; and,
- The length of time it has taken you to recover.
Every injury and every car accident is different. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience calculating pain and suffering damages according to the laws and verdicts in Pennsylvania. The goal is to maximize the amount of compensation you receive for pain and suffering.
We have fought many insurance companies on pain and suffering damages. Therefore, we understand the tactics used by insurance companies to reduce pain and suffering damages and how to successfully combat those tactics.
Contact our car accident attorneys for a free case evaluation. We want to seek justice on your behalf from the at-fault driver who caused your injuries.