What is Considered Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Case?


Pain and suffering in a personal injury case will generally compensate you for your physical pain and emotional injuries, including a reduction in the quality of life you’ve sustained from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Your compensation for pain and suffering is considered non-economic damages because you will not have invoices, receipts, or other tangible forms of documentation.

However, the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Valiente Mott have the skills and experience to paint a vivid picture of how your injuries have adversely affected your life and relationships with your loved ones. We leverage our considerable resources to recover the largest available pain and suffering damages awards for our Nevada personal injury clients. Call today for a free consultation.

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What are the elements of physical and mental pain and suffering?

The elements of your physical pain and suffering from an accidental injury can include the following:

  • Pain caused by broken bones or injuries to internal organs
  • Discomfort from bandages, dressings, and mobility devices that are used to help heal injuries
  • Joint and ligament pain
  • Headaches associated with traumatic brain injuries.

The damages that you can recover for mental pain and suffering encompass:

  • Psychological trauma and recurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms
  • Cognitive impairment and personality changes from head injuries
  • Anxiety, grief, depression, and anger connected to injuries
  • Reduction in the quality of your life and family relationships due to permanent disabilities.

In every Nevada personal injury lawsuit, a knowledgeable Las Vegas personal injury attorney will combine your testimony with statements from friends and family members and other evidence, such as your medical records. This will show the full impact of your injuries and how they have affected your ability to thrive and enjoy your life–while you continue to experience accident-induced pain and suffering.

Does Nevada Use a Formula to Calculate Pain and Suffering Damages?

 

In the absence of a compelling narrative that shows the full extent of an accident victim’s pain and suffering, a Nevada court might either set a low daily rate for pain and suffering damages which is then multiplied by the number of days required to recuperate. A victim may also be awarded a multiple of one to five times the accident victim’s economic damages to compensate for pain and suffering.

In contrast, a highly-skilled Nevada personal injury attorney will use all available facts and evidence to enhance a pain and suffering damages award, including:

  • The nature, extent, and severity of the accident victim’s injuries.
  • The invasive nature of medical treatments and how long they will be needed for the victim to recover.
  • The psychological impact of reduced earnings and an inability to support a family while injuries heal.
  • The long-term effects of injuries, particularly where the accident leaves the victim with permanent disabilities.

Call the Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys at Valiente Mott

Your ability to recover the largest available pain and suffering damages award is a function of the skills and experience of the attorneys you retain to fight on your behalf. Our team of Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Valiente Mott will never settle for anything less than the full amount that our injured clients deserve.

We offer complimentary consultations to all victims of accidents, including car accidents and slip-and-falls. Please contact us as soon as possible for an overview of the pain and suffering damages you might be entitled to recover. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.

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