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Pain and Suffering Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

Pain and Suffering Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

What qualifies for pain and suffering damages in a personal injury claim in Mission Viejo or Orange County?  How is fair compensation for pain and suffering determined in a personal injury settlement or verdict?

When you are injured due to the negligence of another person you must file a personal injury claim in order to recover financial compensation for your injuries.  Personal injury compensation generally includes but is not limited to:

  • All past, present and future medical bills, physical therapy and counseling
  • Lost wages and compensation if your injuries affect your ability to work or earn a living in the future
  • Modifications to your home, vehicles or office to accommodate your injuries
  • Compensation for “pain and suffering”

What qualifies for pain and suffering damages in a personal injury claim in Mission Viejo or Orange County?   Pain and suffering was established in California law to compensate an injured party for having to endure their injuries, as well as recovering from injury and the impact this has on the quality of life.  What makes this complex from a legal perspective is the intangible nature of a person’s pain and suffering.

In my experience insurance companies always attempt to low ball the amount of pain and suffering.  They claim pain and suffering is associated with the duration of recovery and the type of medical care an injured party was forced to bear.   Many injuries such as broken ribs or soft tissue injuries may not result in substantial medical bills, but they absolutely affect the injured person’s ability to function, work and carry on normal activities, let alone their quality of life.

The Law Firm of Rivers Morrell works to achieve the best possible outcome in your case, including full and fair compensation for pain and suffering.  We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

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