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How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?

“Pain and suffering” may sound like a straightforward concept until you start to think of its legal context. If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, it makes sense that you should be compensated. They caused you pain. But how does “pain” translate into money? You suffered because of their carelessness. But “suffering” doesn’t come with receipts that you can submit for reimbursement.

Calculating pain and suffering damages is an art, not a science. To understand the real value of your injury claim, you should consult with an experienced Alabama injury lawyer at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys. Our team can help you identify your damages and navigate our state’s laws. But to get you started, read this guide to calculating pain and suffering damages in Alabama.

What Is Pain and Suffering?

In Alabama, the courts categorize damages in three ways:

  • Economic damages: compensation strictly for monetary losses, like medical bills, lost income, and property damage.
  • Non-economic damages: damages that are very real, but cannot easily be translated into a financial loss, such as loss of intimacy with your spouse.
  • Punitive damages: awarded by a judge or jury, they punish a wrongdoer for intentional or incredibly reckless conduct.

Pain and suffering falls under the category of non-economic damages, because your physical discomfort or mental anguish cannot be monetized. The ambiguity of non-economic damages is why you should have an experienced attorney on your case.

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When speaking in legal terms, pain and suffering refers to a wide range of injuries that a person may experience as a result of an accident.

  • Physical pain associated with your injuries
  • Emotional trauma and despair
  • Fear and worry
  • Negative feelings related to disfiguring injuries
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mood swings and anger
  • Social isolation and anxiety
  • Loss of enjoyment of previous hobbies and pastimes

Just like you, pain and suffering is unique, and will vary depending on the nature of your injuries, the circumstances surrounding your accident, and other factors.

It’s also important to know that Alabama courts cannot award pain and suffering damages in product liability claims.

How Is Pain and Suffering Calculated?

There is no one way to calculate, in monetary terms, the amount of pain and suffering damages a person might receive for their injury. You can find calculators and complicated equations online that say they can convert your injury into a dollar amount. But these AI-based calculation methods don’t take into account the unique and complex personal nature of your specific experience.

At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we meticulously calculate our clients’ damages, including their pain and suffering. To start, we spend time with every one of our clients, getting to know them, their circumstances, and their profound losses. Once we truly understand their situation, we start crunching numbers.

In most cases, the value of your pain and suffering will depend on your injuries’ severity, how the accident impacted your life and relationships, and other factors.

But the amount of damages you could receive also depends on some circumstances unrelated to your injury—most notably, insurance coverage—that are out of your control. If the party that caused your injury has no insurance or tiny policy limits, your damages will be affected. This is especially true if you do not have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.

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This is why so many people turn to personal injury lawyers to analyze their case and help put together a compelling argument for pain and suffering damages. That’s also why we consult with everyone involved in our clients’ cases, including doctors, therapists, insurance companies, to fully understand the big picture and the extent of their non-economic damages.

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: We Do the Math and Fight for Our Clients

When you’re injured, you should be able to focus on healing and putting your life back together. But if you were injured through no fault of your own, the last thing you want to spend your time on is trying to calculate exactly how much money you’re owed. The wisdom and guidance of a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the legal system at a time when you are most vulnerable.

At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, our experienced team will work hard to understand all the nuances of your injury case so that we can take care of the math—and your future. We’ll fight to make sure you receive fair compensation, including pain and suffering damages wherever applicable. To request a free, no-obligation consultation, please complete this brief online form or call 251-888-8888.

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

A Truck Accident Victim Gets the Help She Needs: Angie’s Story

A Truck Accident Victim Gets the Help She Needs After a Head-on Collision: Angie’s Story

A Head-On Collision Changes Angie’s Life Forever

On an unremarkable February morning, Angie entered an intersection in Mobile, Alabama. Suddenly, a massive, fully-loaded construction truck improperly pulled into the intersection and hit her car head-on. In an instant, her life was devastated.

While the construction vehicle’s driver admitted he was at fault for the crash, this admission didn’t help Angie. She suffered severe injuries in the head-on collision, and emergency responders rushed her to the hospital for immediate care.

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Angie’s Injuries Require a Stay in the ICU and Multiple Surgeries

When she got to the ER, Angie’s doctors diagnosed her with a variety of serious injuries, including:

  • Concussion with loss of consciousness
  • Broken bones in her arm (humerus and ulna)
  • Fractured breastbone (sternum)
  • Multiple broken ribs
  • Broken left leg
  • Fractured collarbone (clavicle)
  • A series of fractured bones in her spine
  • Collapsed and bruised lung
  • Post-traumatic pulmonary insufficiency
  • Abrasions over most of her body

These conditions required numerous surgeries as well as treatment from trauma doctors, orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists, and plastic surgeons.

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To make matters worse, Angie developed a rare condition called a Morel-Lavallée lesion. This condition occurs when trauma violently separates your skin and tissues from the underlying muscle while the skin itself remains intact. It is sometimes referred to as a “closed degloving.” Over time, fluid and dying tissue build up in the injured area, and the condition can be life-threatening if not quickly diagnosed.

Thankfully, doctors quickly identified Angie’s lesion, but treating the condition required more surgeries as well as the insertion of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line and several drains of her leg.

Angie’s injuries left her severely disabled and limited her ability to bathe herself or tend to her personal needs. She had to move back in with her mother, and every time she looked in the mirror, her appearance reminded her of the wreck. Overwhelmed by pain, medical bills, and worry, Angie turned to Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys for help.

Aggressive Strategies and a Careful Investigation Lead to a Multi-Million Dollar Settlement

The team at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys knew that Angie’s case required a detailed investigation and insight from specialists. They consulted with numerous experts, including a life care planner, an economic expert, a nurse consultant, a forensic engineer who created simulations of the collision, and other witnesses.

However, this was only the beginning of the Andy Citrin team’s strategy. The attorneys uncovered the at-fault driver’s criminal record and explored how his medications might have interacted to affect his driving. Angie’s legal team took depositions, or testimony under oath, from multiple doctors, witnesses, experts, and representatives from the driver’s construction company. They even hired a focus group to help craft arguments that would resonate with a jury.

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All the Andy Citrin team’s hard work paid off. After intense negotiations, the construction company and its insurer agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement. This settlement helped Angie focus on her recovery without the stress of trying to pay for the enormous costs of her injuries and gave her a lifetime of financial stability.

“Angie went through a lot during and after her car accident,” says Andy Citrin. “Cases like Angie’s are the reason why we prepare every case as if it’s going to trial from day one. We were honored to represent her in her complex claims and thrilled with the final result.”

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: Fighting for Accident Victims in Alabama and the Gulf Coast

At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we know that smart legal strategies and detailed investigations are the keys to maximizing your financial recovery from a serious injury. That’s why we take so much care with all our cases.

If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries due to someone’s negligence, contact us today by calling 251-888-8888 or filling out our online contact form. Initial consultations are always free and confidential.

Note: Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys uses pseudonyms in our success stories to protect our clients’ privacy.

The content  provided here is  for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.