There are two types of damages you can pursue in personal injury cases in Virginia; economic and non-economic. Economic damages are measurable by the market. Economic damages include items such as medical bills, property repair bills, and lost wages. These expenses are easily measured in a personal injury case. Your employer can produce an employment contract, your hospital can produce records of your medical treatment, and an automotive body shop can send you bills.
Non-economic damages, or pain and suffering damages, are more subjective. Pain and suffering is awarded to individuals who have suffered psychological or physical stress caused by an injury. It is difficult to place a monetary value on pain and suffering, and the amount an individual can receive is based on a few factors. For example:
Severity of injury
Pain associated with injury
Lifetime consequences of injury
In cases taken to trial, a jury will determine the award for pain and suffering. Each jury is different, and it is difficult to predict how much will be awarded for non-economic damages. For this reason, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney before pursuing a personal injury or medical malpractice case, even if you plan to settle the case on your own.
If you have been injured in a car accident and need more information about pain and suffering, call BenGlassLaw at (703)584-7277 and speak to an experienced legal professional. You can also download a FREE copy of GetItSettled for information on how to settle your small personal injury case.