There are virtually endless types of accidents that have the potential to cause physical and emotional trauma that can affect your life for years to come. Fortunately, several legal remedies may be available for you when dealing with damages like pain and suffering.

With help from a personal injury lawyer at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., you can get the most out of your claim. With our firm advocating for your rights, you can focus on healing and rebuilding your life while we work on ensuring you are compensated fairly for your pain and suffering damages.

What is Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering can encompass a variety of damages. When pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, you have the right to compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages describe your monetary losses, whereas non-economic damages describe how your injuries have affected your life.

Pain and suffering is considered a non-economic loss, as these damages are often subjective. Every person’s life can be impacted differently by pain and suffering. Examples of losses that could be considered pain and suffering include:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Chronic pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Physical suffering
  • Psychological trauma
  • Fear and anticipation
  • Embarrassment and humiliation
  • Indignity and shame

When your quality of life has been diminished, meaning you can no longer participate in activities you previously loved, you may be entitled to compensation for this loss in the category of pain and suffering damages. Similarly, you also have the right to compensation for your inability to continue engaging in intimate and personal relationships, a loss commonly referred to as the loss of consortium.

What can Cause Pain and Suffering?

There are several activities and accidents that can cause pain and suffering damages. Virtually any type of accident has the potential to cause these losses. However, there are certain types of accidents we see causing pain and suffering damages more often than others.
These accidents include:

  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Taxi accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Trampoline accidents
  • Dog attacks and bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Injuries caused by defective products
  • Defective medical devices
  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Construction accidents
  • Work-related accidents
  • Factory accidents

New York’s No-Fault System and Pain & Suffering

New York follows a no-fault system for insurance purposes after an accident. When you are involved in an accident, you may need to file a claim with your insurer to cover your costs. However, that does not mean that you do not have grounds to file a third-party liability claim against the person or a party responsible for causing your injuries.

Under New York law, if you can prove that you have suffered an injury considered “serious,” you may have the right to compensation through a third-party liability claim. Examples of injuries that may be regarded as severe under New York law include:

  • Disfigurement
  • Dismemberment
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Fractured bones
  • Permanent loss of an organ
  • Permanent loss of a limb
  • Permanent loss of use of a body system
  • Any type of injury that severely limits your ability to live your life as you did before the accident

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Who is Responsible for Pain and Suffering Compensation?

Anyone responsible for causing your accident and resulting injuries could be held accountable for your pain and suffering damages. The type of accident you were involved in will reveal who is responsible. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, the reckless or irresponsible driver who caused a collision could be held accountable.

Similarly, if you were injured in a work-related accident, the general contractor may be held accountable if they failed to do their due diligence in hiring skilled construction workers.

These are just a couple of parties who could share fault for your pain and suffering damages. After conducting an in-depth investigation, your lawyer will determine who is at fault for your damages.

How to Calculate Pain and Suffering

There are multiple ways you can calculate the value of pain and suffering. Generally, the more impactful your injuries are, the more you can expect to be awarded. Since pain and suffering damages do not have a fixed monetary value, your attorney and the insurance company will work together to calculate the damages you’re owed.

Pursuing Pain and Suffering Damages

When you are ready to file a claim for pain and suffering, your attorney at HKD will handle all the legal details of your case. Here is what you can expect:

  • We will investigate liability in your case
  • We will gather the evidence needed to prove fault
  • We will quantify your damages to ensure we are seeking a fair settlement
  • We will file a claim with the insurance company, where applicable
  • We will file a formal civil claim against the liable party where necessary

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to settle outside of court with the insurance company. However, since many insurance settlements do not provide compensation for pain and suffering damages, you should always be prepared to go to court to maximize your compensation.

Rely on Experience to Guide Your Pain and Suffering Recovery

Having a reliable and experienced NY personal injury lawyer on your side is essential if you hope to prove the severity of your pain and suffering damages and maximize the compensation you are awarded.

Your attorney will understand which types of damages can’t be sought after as part of your personal injury claim, gather the evidence needed to prove their value, and advocate for your rights with the insurance company and a trial. When you need legal guidance and support, our firm is here to fight to hold the outside party accountable for their negligence.

Call HKD for Representation in Your Pain and Suffering Case

Are you ready to find out how much your pain and suffering is worth, when you reach out to our experienced New York personal injury attorneys at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., you can rely on our track record of success to help ensure you are being compensated fairly for your suffering.

Contact our office for a no-cost, risk-free consultation today. You can reach us through our quick contact form or call us at (212) 490-5700 to evaluate your pain and suffering damages.

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