Being injured due to the negligent or wrongful act of another can be devastating. A personal injury suit is a means for injured individuals to seek damages for the injuries sustained and the expenses that result. When most people think of injuries, however, they often think of physical injuries — a broken limb, a concussion, or some other physical ailment. Injuries are not always physical, however. An accident often leads to mental injuries, which need to be taken just as seriously as physical injuries.
Pain and SufferingVictims in a personal injury suit can seek damages in a variety of categories. In general, there are two main types of damages — economic and non-economic. Economic damages cover medical bills, prescription costs, property damage, lost wages, and any other treatments or bills resulting from the injury. Non-economic damages are those damages that do not have a set figure from a bill or other record. Instead, non-economic damages can cover pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, or other mental anguish that results from the injury. One of the main categories of damages in personal injury suits in Florida is pain and suffering. Pain and suffering can of course include the physical injuries, but it also includes the mental anguish that can accompany an injury. Mental anguish can incorporate a wide variety of issues that affect one’s mental state. Anxiety, fear, a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, loss of appetite, and grief are just a few of the issues that might arise after an accident. Additionally, emotional distress is another common type of pain and suffering. There are many different ways that emotional distress can present itself:
- Resentment toward others
- Embarrassment over the injury and changes in one’s life
- Anger over the limitations resulting from the injury
- Sadness because of the injury and its subsequent effects