What Is Considered Pain and Suffering?

The emotional pain of an accident can cause invisible scars that may never completely go away. Calculating your total medical bills and even lost wages can seem fairly straightforward. However, it’s hard to put a price on your mental wellbeing and any emotional pain you suffered following an accident.

Here is how pain and suffering may impact the amount of compensation you receive from your personal injury claim.

Pain and Suffering Damages in New York

Emotional damages are considered non-economic, meaning that damages will vary significantly from one personal injury case to the next. An accident victim may pursue compensation for pain and suffering if it impacts their:

  • Home life

  • Work life

  • Daily routine

  • Personal relationships; and

  • Ability to thrive in the future

It can be extremely frustrating and stressful when friends and family members don’t understand your emotional injuries. The reality is that a traumatic event can have a psychological impact on an individual that hinders them from immediately returning back to their normal life.

Let’s say a car accident victim developed PTSD following the ordeal. As a result, they have flashbacks and panic attacks whenever they enter or attempt to drive a vehicle. This prevents them from getting to work, going to the grocery store, or driving by themselves. In such a case, the victim may be entitled to compensation for emotional damages resulting from the accident.

Many states have “caps” on the amount of compensation someone may receive for pain and suffering. In New York, there is absolutely no limit to the amount you may receive for your pain and suffering. This means that the court will decide how much you will receive based on your individual circumstances.

Helping You Heal

We understand that the pain of an accident does not automatically go away once your physical injuries heal. The emotional scars can last longer than surface-level wounds and make it difficult to live the life you did before the ordeal.

The personal injury attorneys at Foley Griffin are here to ensure you receive what you need to heal both physically and emotionally. With over 75 years of combined legal experience, our team of seasoned legal advocates will fight for your rights to full and fair compensation.

Contact our firm at (888) 966-8480 to schedule your free consultation with a Nassau County personal injury attorney.

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