When you are awarded a settlement in a personal injury lawsuit, there are two types of compensation you may receive. The first type is for monetary losses. This is an actual dollar amount to compensate you for lost wages, medical costs, property damage and so forth. The second type of potential compensation is for pain and suffering. This amount is subjective and can be difficult to determine. There are many variables that go into determining the final amount of your award, including:
- How much of an impact the injury has on your ability to earn a living is a major consideration. If you are unable to work or must work at reduced hours or pay, the amount you are losing should be factored into the settlement offer.
- If you are scarred or disfigured by the accident, calculate the emotional toll that it takes on you. Your age and the location of the scar or disfigurement play a large role in determining this.
- Emotional damage is another area where you may be eligible for payment, especially if the accident significantly impacts your quality of life.
A personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire can assist you with assessing an appropriate amount of compensation you should receive for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering includes:
- Mental distress
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of society
The lawyers at our San Diego law firm work to provide you with a daily dollar amount that the injury is costing you. We strive to find a fair and reasonable amount that can help to cover the non-economic cost of your injuries.