What Exactly Is “Pain and Suffering?”

April 17th, 2019

When people get hurt because of others’ negligence, they can pursue compensation for the damages they incur, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The latter term is one that most people have heard or read in attorney advertisements, and it can be confusing and vague. However, it’s important to understand what it means if you decide to pursue a compensation claim after suffering an injury.

Put simply, pain and suffering refers to the prolonged effects that accidents and injuries have on victims’ lives. There are two types of pain and suffering that victims often experience:

  • Physical pain and suffering—Injuries are painful and disabling, and many victims continue to experience pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility for years after their injuries heal. It’s common for serious injuries to make it difficult or impossible for victims to take part in their favorite hobbies and activities, and some may even struggle to complete everyday tasks.
  • Mental pain and suffering—For many injury victims, the biggest scars are mental. Psychological complications associated with serious injuries include depression, anxiety, fear, mood swings, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Victims may develop phobias and have difficulties coping with their daily lives.

You Deserve Compensation for Your Pain and Suffering

It’s easier to calculate accident-related losses when they’re in the form of medical bills and lost wages. However, we believe that victims’ pain and suffering should never be ignored or downplayed after injuries. That’s why we always get to know victims to find out exactly how their injuries have affected their lives.

If you or someone you love was injured because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for everything you’ve gone through, including any and all physical and mental pain you’ve experienced. Contact the Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.