Pain and Suffering. What is It? What is It Not?
When you hear about injury victims seeking compensation for their losses, you probably hear about them seeking compensation for their pain and suffering alongside other damages, like medical bills and lost wages. What is pain and suffering? Unlike the other types of damages an individual may seek after an accident, what actually constitutes “pain and suffering” is not immediately obvious.
Pain and suffering damages are the intangible damages that a victim suffers after an injury. They can cover a variety of needs, both physical and mental. If you have been injured in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Find out more by speaking with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.
What is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering can cover all of your needs that are not covered by other types of compensation. For example, you might have bruising, scarring, and the need for over-the-counter pain medication after your accident. Generally, these are not covered by your medical expenses compensation. You may seek compensation for these expenses through a claim for pain and suffering damages.
Compensation for mental health treatment falls into this category as well. After an accident, you might find yourself depressed, feeling guilty or lonely, or suffering from anxiety or panic attacks. If you need to work with a psychological counselor to defeat these issues or take medication to aid in your mental health healing, these needs can be covered by the money you receive for pain and suffering.
What Pain and Suffering is Not
Pain and suffering is not compensation for more tangible expenses, like the need for physical therapy or lost wages, nor is it money simply given out due to sympathy for your case. Pain and suffering compensation is an attempt to calculate the monetary value of your intangible losses and compensate you for those needs.
New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys
The team of personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC., is here to help you get the monetary compensation you deserve for the damages you suffered in an accident. These damages could include a variety of needs, including those mentioned above. For futher legal guidance and quality representation for your case, contact our firm today. We proudly serve clients in Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Burlington, and Ocean counties.