What is pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Pain and suffering in a Virginia accident case is one type of damage that a victim can receive financial compensation for from the party who is deemed liable for the incident or accident that cause the victim’s injury. Pain and suffering include both the physical and emotional suffering the victim endures. The purpose of pain and suffering damages is to compensate the victim for any of the ways their injuries have caused them to suffer.

The physical pain an injury causes may be obvious. For example, if a victim suffers a broken leg in an accident, there is often much physical pain to endure. The emotional pain the victim may not be as obvious but may still be there, such as the stress of being not being able to physically do the things they need to do, such as a parent taking care of their child or household duties.