How Much Should I Ask for Pain and Suffering From a Car Accident?

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Posted: August 31, 2020
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Pain and suffering is an ambiguous term. Most people are familiar with these types of damages in a personal injury claim, but how is the monetary value of these losses calculated? If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, how much compensation should you seek for your pain and suffering?

Car accident attorney Jeff Mehalic understands how to navigate the complexities of personal injury law. From calculating your damages, including pain and suffering, to aggressively pursuing the full and fair compensation you deserve, he will work tirelessly to ensure you get justice in your case.

How are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?

image of car wreckThere is no one-size-fits-all formula for pain and suffering damages. Every person and every case is unique. Two separate individuals may suffer the same injury, but have different mental and emotional responses, and varying levels of pain tolerance.

Generally speaking, a judge or jury will consider several factors when determining pain and suffering damages. These factors include:

  • Your age
  • Your income
  • The severity of your injury
  • The extent to which your injury affects your life long-term
  • How your injury has impacted your lifestyle
  • Whether the injury or pain limits your sleep
  • How the injury impacts your social and professional relationships
  • The extent to which the injury has altered or limited your daily routine

Since pain and suffering is subjective and unquantifiable, it’s difficult to anticipate how much a judge or jury may award. However, one common method involves multiplication. In some cases, a judge may multiply the monetary value of the economic damages by a number that represents the severity of the injury – usually between 1.5 and 5, with 5 being the most severe.

West Virginia is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that you can be awarded compensation for pain and suffering even if you were partially responsible for your car accident.

During your free initial consultation with experienced car accident attorney Jeff Mehalic, he will assess the merits of your case, answer your questions, and explain all of your legal options.

Contact Our Morgantown Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call attorney Jeff Mehalic today at 304-346-3462 to arrange a free consultation. Mehalic Law serves clients in Morgantown, Wheeling, and nearby areas in West Virginia.

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