What Does “Pain and Suffering” Really Mean?

The type of pain and suffering you experience depends on the nature and severity of your injuries and how they affect your life. Examples of pain and suffering include:

  • Physical pain caused by your injuries
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Humiliation
  • Mood swings
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Inability to participate in activities you enjoyed before your injury
  • Diminished ability to interact with your family
  • Inability to return to work due to anxiety, depression, or physical pain
  • Withdrawal from society due to disfigurement
  • Mental and emotional suffering as a result of loss of independence
  • Grief and fear due to shortened life expectancy

When someone else has caused your injuries, they should have to pay for how it has altered your life, not just the medical bills and other monetary costs you suffered.

For instance, if you can no longer play with your child or go camping with your family, as a result of someone else’s negligence, that is a very real loss for which you should be compensated. Your pain and suffering matters just as much as your economic losses.

Proving the value of your pain and suffering requires skill and experience. Learn more about Choosing the Right Personal Injury Attorney.

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With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.