How Much Money Can I Get for Pain and Suffering After a Truck Accident?
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If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an accident with a truck, you may be experiencing not only financial strain but also pain and suffering. Accidents with trucks can cause an immense amount of damages. These damages may not be solely physical or proprietorial, but may also be mental and emotional.
Mental and emotional anguish are common following a serious truck accident. While you may think that these feelings are just a negative side effect of your accident, they are actually damages that you can recover for in a personal injury suit.
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What Is Pain and Suffering?
“Pain and suffering” is a legal term that refers to damages a court or a jury can award if it finds your injuries and the aftermath especially severe. This pain and suffering puts a dollar amount on any past or future physical and mental pain and suffering your truck accident has caused you.
Often, pain and suffering falls in line with other non-economic damages that you can recover for, including loss of enjoyment of life, mental or emotional pain, disfigurement, or injury to reputation.
In order to determine the pain and suffering you have experienced, juries will typically consider a number of factors. If your injury is especially severe, a jury will likely assume your pain and suffering is worth more than if you had simply sprained an ankle, for example. If you are especially young, a jury may feel sympathetic that you may have to experience pain and suffering for a longer amount of time than an elderly person.
How Much Can I Recover for Pain and Suffering?
Different states have different policies on how much a victim can be awarded for pain and suffering.
The multiplier method allows a judge or jury to multiply your economic damages—for example, medical bills, car repair expenses, lost wages, etc.–by a fixed amount. If the jury does not find your pain and suffering compelling, the multiplier number may be 1.5. If the jury does find your pain and suffering compelling, you could be awarded as much as 5 times your economic damages.
The “per diem” method is slightly more flexible. Judges and juries will determine what they think your suffering is worth per day for however long your suffering is expected to last. As can be imagined, this is a less predictable method. How can you place a dollar amount on the suffering your injury can cause you per day?
Regardless of which method is used by the jurisdiction where you live, pain and suffering is an important component of a truck accident lawsuit. You stand to collect much more if the pain and suffering you have experienced is compelling, and this extra money may help alieve some of this pain and suffering.
Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our truck accident attorneys have helped thousands of crash victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injury has cost you.
Our firm also believes that a truck accident victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our truck accident lawyers.
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