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What are pain and suffering damages in a personal injury case?

Most of our readers in Illinois are familiar with the fact that, in the aftermath of a car accident or other type of accident, the injured victims can pursue legal options in order to receive financial compensation for expenses such as medical costs and property damage. However, many people have also heard of "pain and suffering" damages but aren't as familiar with when these types of damages can be pursued.

So, what are pain and suffering damages in a personal injury lawsuit? Well, for starters, pain and suffering damages fall into the category of "non-economic" damages in a personal injury case. These types of damages are not easily quantifiable, and are instead much more speculative in nature, usually. However, that doesn't mean that injured victims should be dissuaded from pursuing pain and suffering damages.

The main challenge is how these types of damages are calculated. To start with, it is important to consider the injury in question. How severe is it? How long will it take the victim to recover, if ever? Will the injury result in permanent disability or disfigurement? The answer to all of these questions can be subjective, but it becomes easier to prove these types of damages when an injured victim is available to testify.

Pain and suffering damages are just one potential component of a personal injury case for Illinois residents. A sudden accident that results in injury can seriously derail a person's life. They may be unable to work and earn an income, and they may be facing weeks, months or even years of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may be an option to recover some of the financial cost of these expenses.

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