How Does a Juror Determine Pain and Suffering?
How one person experiences pain and suffering is different from anyone else. But we can all agree that injuries from a car crash, slip-and-fall accident, dog attack or other incident impact us in a very significant way.
This is why Georgia law allows personal injury victims to recover pain and suffering damages. The jury determines the amount awarded based on “reasonable deductions from the evidence in the case.”
In other words, your lawyer from Millar & Mixon, LLC will present evidence to the jury (or, in settlement negotiations, to the insurance defense lawyer) in order to arrive at the amount of damages you deserve for your pain and suffering.
You can contact us by phone or online today to learn more about this type of damages and receive a free review of your case.
Evidence of Pain and Suffering
The evidence your attorney from Millar & Mixon, LLC will present in support of your award for pain and suffering may include:
- Medical records – This would include reports about your injuries and the treatment they required, including psychological treatment to help you cope with your chronic pain or disability.
- Expert testimony – Medical professionals can explain the treatment required by your injuries and expectations for your recovery.
- Witness testimony – Family and friends can describe how you have struggled to recover, including the setbacks you may have experienced and how your injuries have affected your family relationships and/or changed your lifestyle.
- Work records – These records, along with co-workers’ testimony, may indicate how your injuries have affected your ability to work for a living.
- Your own testimony – This, above all, can establish the pain and suffering you have endured.
Another consideration in determining the compensation for a person’s pain and suffering is the victim’s age. For example, a 20-year-old injury victim who must live with chronic pain will suffer far longer than a victim in his 60s.
With our knowledge of Georgia law and how compensation is often awarded for pain and suffering, Millar & Mixon, LLC can use the above evidence to arrive at an appropriate dollar amount.
Traditionally, pain and suffering damages are based on a multiple of your actual expenses for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, etc.
An Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You to Recover for Pain and Suffering
If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the loss of a loved one in a Georgia accident, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with Millar & Mixon, LLC for an explanation of the compensation that may be available to you, including pain and suffering damages.
Call us or submit our online contact form. There is no charge for a consultation about your case.