If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence in a car accident, slip-and-fall, or any other type of personal injury case, you can be compensated from the at-fault party. After establishing that the defendant is at fault, you will need to prove your financial losses. This monetary value is referred to as damages. Damages include medical bills and non-economic harms like pain and suffering.
However, it is more difficult to recover for pain than for out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills. Pain and suffering is not supported by bills, receipts, or contracts. Rather, it is an intangible loss. How much money one can claim for pain and suffering is difficult and requires the tactical advocacy of an experienced attorney.
When someone is injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, the law provides that the injured party can ask a jury to compensate them for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those damages that are readily calculable, including medical bills and lost wages. Jurors can easily understand economic damages because they have hard numbers. Whereas, pain and suffering is a more obscure concept for juries to understand and an attorney must advocate on behalf of the injured victim in order to recover compensation for these harms.