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When Can I File a Lawsuit for Pain and Suffering?

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Feb 12, 2018 in Personal Injury

woman suffering in anguishIn cases of injuries caused by someone else’s negligence or harmful actions, the victim may seek to sue for damages for pain and suffering. However, pain and suffering damages are not as easy to quantify as medical expenses or lost wages, where an amount can be easily figured.

If you have been injured, an experienced Fort Worth personal injury attorney can assist you in pursuing a lawsuit for pain and suffering. The caring personal injury lawyers at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings will advise you if a lawsuit is appropriate in your situation. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation today.

Call (877) 920-9009 to talk to a member of our legal team.

What Is Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering can include:

  • Physical injuries and resulting pain
  • Depression
  • Ongoing emotional trauma
  • Potential shortening of the victim’s life
  • Embarrassment caused by scarring or disfigurement

Pain and suffering is often experienced in personal injury cases, and it may also occur in Fort Worth wrongful death cases where the victim’s loved ones experience ongoing mental and emotional anguish.

Proving Pain and Suffering

Unlike medical bills or lost wages, pain and suffering does not automatically have a specific monetary value attached. This makes claims of pain and suffering harder to prove and evaluate.

Experienced personal injury lawyers know how to gather evidence to support claims of pain and suffering. A lawyer may assess the mental and emotional impact of physical injuries, or use medical documentation to support claims of chronic pain caused by the injury. Your seasoned personal injury attorney may hire medical professionals to document your condition to build your case.

How Is Pain and Suffering Evaluated?

Pain and suffering is different in every personal injury case. There is no specific formula used to determine compensation for pain and suffering, though the following factors are considered:

  • Type of injuries
  • Number of injuries
  • Severity and extent of injuries
  • Recovery time
  • Future medical treatments required
  • Future surgery required
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy required
  • Scarring and disfigurement caused by the injuries
  • Shortened life expectancy due to the injuries
  • Health and age prior to the injuries
  • Pain experienced from the injuries
  • Expected chronic pain
  • Future quality of life
  • Trauma resulting from the accident
  • Worsening of pre-existing medical conditions because of the injuries

Contact Our Fort Worth Attorneys Now

The experienced Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings assist clients in accurately valuing the pain and suffering caused by another person’s actions. We can thoroughly investigate your case and help you pursue compensation for the damages you have sustained.

Schedule a free, no obligation consultation today and learn the legal options available to you. When working with our firm, you pay no upfront fees. Legal fees are only charged if we help you recover compensation.

Call (877) 920-9009 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form today.