Pain and suffering is the physical and mental anguish caused by an injury, including physical damage to the body like a fractured skull; discomfort caused by more subtle sources, like aches; temporary or permanent restrictions on activity; the shortening of your or a loved one’s life; mental anguish like depression; embarrassment like that from burning or scarring; or anything else caused by the accident that is not a welcomed repercussion.

Pain and suffering is a category of damages (the amount of money which a plaintiff may be awarded in a lawsuit.) known as “general damages.” These general damages are paid by someone who caused an injury due to their negligence or intentional harm. The amount of money available for pain and suffering is subjective. It depends on the amount of the current medical bills, future medical costs, and lost wages, and other factors.