What Is Pain and Suffering?

Personal Injury Damages in Colorado

If you have been injured in a car crash or other type of accident, you may have heard the term “pain and suffering.” When you’re injured, you usually end up with a lot of expenses, including pain and suffering damages. Knowing exactly what these damages are can help you better understand your case. At the Klibaner Law Firm, we aim to take the guesswork out of the law.

Two Types of Personal Injury Damages

In general, personal injury damages are grouped into two types: economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are best described as things you can put a definite – or at least approximate – number on. These are things like hospital bills, property damage, and lost wages. For example, if you saw a physical therapist after your accident, the bill for these visits would fall under the heading of economic damages.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages are different from economic damages in that they are not so easily quantified. They include items such as stress, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. Your spouse might also be able to make a claim for loss of enjoyment of your services and companionship if your injuries prevent you from fulfilling all your normal duties as a spouse. Just because non-economic damages don’t always come with a specific price tag, however, doesn’t make them any less real. In many cases, they are even more devastating than economic damages.

Both economic and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, also vary depending on the individual’s lifestyle. For example, a world-class heart surgeon who experiences a career-ending hand injury will endure much greater long-term economic loss and emotional anguish as a result of his injuries than an individual whose livelihood and identity isn’t dependent on fine motor skills.

Denver, Colorado Personal Injury Law Firm

Proving the appropriate amount of damages in a personal injury case requires a trial lawyer with skill and experience in the courtroom. At the Klibaner Law Firm, we know how to obtain full and fair compensation for our clients. If you have been injured, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to ensure you receive the damages you deserve to fully compensate you for your injuries. Call us today at (303) 863-1445 to talk about your case.

This website has been prepared by Klibaner Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.