What is "Pain and Suffering" in a Car Accident or Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Be it car accident, premises liability “slip and falls”, or accidents on the job, personal injuries occur all the time due to someone else’s carelessness or fault.  Most of us know that when you suffer an injury due to the fault of another, that person is usually liable for your physical damages, like medical bills, lost wages, and repair bills.   But did you know that an at-fault party sometimes is liable for other kinds of damages, too?

Quality of life is sometimes greatly affected after a car accident, slip and fall, or premises liability injury.  The victim may be in great pain, mentally or physically, following an injury.  Claiming these kinds of damages are often key in many personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana.

A claimant may suffer from physical pain and suffering following an accident in Louisiana.  This may mean that the victim suffers from limiting and debilitating pain or discomfort.  A claim for physical pain and suffering should not only include the pain and suffering to date, but also the pain and suffering to be endured in the future as well.

A claimant may also suffer from mental pain and suffering after their personal injury.  This is less about the physical pain from the injuries, but more about the mental anguish that is caused due to the effects of the injuries.  Mental pain and suffering after an accident or injury can include depression, sexual dysfunction, stress and anxiety, anger, loss of appetite, loss of energy, mood swings, sleep disturbances, or even severe panic disorders.

Pain and suffering damages don’t come with a firm money value attached to them quite like medical treatment costs do.  This does not mean a defendant isn’t liable for them, however.  If a claimant has experienced a loss of quality of life due to the fault of another in Louisiana, be it from a car accident, bicycle accident, slip and fall, or any other kind of injury, this means that they have experienced pain and suffering.

If you have experienced any kind of suffering, be it physical or mental, in the state of Louisiana due to a personal injury, you may be entitled to money compensation.  Jon G Bethune is a solo personal injury practitioner with over ten years of experience in the field and exceptional client ratings across the internet.    Contact our office at (504)218-8570 or click HERE to get a FREE case evaluation.   Jon G Bethune is a solo personal injury practitioner with over ten years of experience in the field and exceptional client ratings across the internet.