Eligibility Requirements for Pain and Suffering Compensation
If you have suffered a personal injury and need to file a lawsuit, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover medical expenses and property damage. A judge may even be willing to award you additional payment if you have endured any prolonged pain and suffering caused by your ordeal. You should be aware of the eligibility requirements if you are going to pursue this route in court.
Severity of the Injury
All injuries will result in some degree of discomfort, but if the pain is prolonged and exceedingly intense, you could possibly receive additional compensation. A judge may be willing to award you extra money if you require any long-term care. The extent of your injury will likely need to be confirmed by a medical professional who has carefully evaluated your condition.
Often, a judge will consider your age when determining whether you should receive additional money for your injury. It will likely work in your favor if you are younger and will require long-term care for many years to come.
Although some jurisdictions view this as a separate entity, emotional trauma often plays a major role in pain and suffering cases. This is particularly relevant if the defendant’s actions caused you severe mental and emotional anguish. Your personal injury lawyer may even call in a mental health professional to testify and provide further insight regarding your condition.