Pain and suffering is an important element of compensation in all Michigan personal injury cases. These types of claims are considered “non-economic” damages, meaning that the amount cannot be precisely stated in a dollar amount. Our personal injury attorneys use our skill and experience to maximize the amount of compensation for pain and suffering damages.
The amount of a settlement for pain and suffering depends on a number of factors, like severity of the injury, the type of medical treatment, and the permanency of the injury. The injury victim is entitled to pain and suffering damages for the actual injury as well as for the period of recovery. In many cases, there is no full recovery and these damages are projected over the future lifetime of the victim.
Except for cases involving medical malpractice, there is no limit to the amount that can be awarded by a jury for pain and suffering. In a recent trial won by Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., the jury awarded $3,000,000.00 to an elderly patient for thirteen days of severe pain and suffering before her death. There are no written guidelines or schedules to calculate this amount and it is up to the jury to determine the amount of those damages.
Types of Pain and Suffering Claims
The pain and suffering portion of non-economic damages generally includes:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Fright and shock
- Denial of social pleasure and enjoyments
- Embarrassment, humiliation or mortification
Proving Pain & Suffering Claims
To prove pain and suffering claims, our experienced attorneys rely on your medical records, testimony, physician testimony, and other factors. Many times, we request that you be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist who understands how to find out exactly how an injury has impacted your life both physically and emotionally. Quite often, close relations are damaged after a serious accident and compensation can be awarded for the negative affect on these relationships.
Contact Our Michigan Pain and Suffering Lawyers
If you were injured in a Michigan personal injury accident, you should contact our experienced Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm now at (800) 606-1717. We will evaluate your case to see if you are eligible for a pain and suffering settlement. We charge no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case. Call today for your free case review!