Attorney David I. Fuchs
Sep. 30, 2019
If you incurred injuries from an accident that was the result of another party’s negligence, you might face economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and more. These damages can be easy to determine by simply looking at your pharmacy and doctor’s office receipts and calculating how much money you’ve lost by not working.
Non-economic damages, however, are more difficult to put a value on, as there are no hard numbers involved. One non-economic damage with value that is particularly challenging to determine is pain and suffering. This is the physical and mental pain associated with your injury, and it often includes discomfort, aches, and other pain that you suffer due to the accident.
If you’re concerned about calculating pain and suffering in your Fort Lauderdale personal injury case, reach out to David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. for help. Attorney Fuchs also handles personal injury cases in Boca Raton, and throughout South Florida. Call (954) 568-3636, or reach out through the online form to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.
The most common factors that are considered when pain and suffering damages are calculated include:
Since Florida views pain and suffering as a general damage claim, you can use evidence to help determine its value. Examples of the types of evidence you may want to collect and show to the liable party’s insurance company include:
It’s a good idea to consult a personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and help determine the value of your pain and suffering through a logical method. Often, attorneys use the multiplier method to calculate this type of damage. This method uses a number between 1.5 and 5 that is chosen based on the severity of the injury, and multiplies it by the economic cost of repairing the injury.
For instance, if you have $5,000 in medical bills and the severity of your injury is a 4, your pain and suffering value would be $20,000. Another commonly used method is the per diem method, where a certain dollar amount is paid for each day from when an accident occurred until you recover.
Pain and suffering damages can be tricky to calculate on your own so it’s important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. At the David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A., an experienced personal injury attorney will work with you to evaluate your case and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free evaluation of your case, call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out through the online form.