Illinois Pain and Suffering Laws, Lawsuits and Settlements
Fighting to See That Your Pain and Suffering Does Not Go Uncompensated
If you are seriously injured in a car accident in Illinois, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, from the negligent party that caused the accident. Pain and suffering can be among the hardest damages to calculate. It can come in many forms and may negatively impact your life significantly, including your ability to return to work, your mental state and happiness, and much more.
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago car accident attorneys believe that if you are injured due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to be receive compensation that will make you whole. This includes coverage for your pain and suffering. With over 45 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and skill you need to mount a strong personal injury case for your many damages stemming from the accident.
Types of Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering can be broken down into two general categories: (i) physical pain and (ii) suffering and mental anguish accompanying a physical injury. Accident victims will often experience both types of pain and suffering due to their interconnected nature. For instance, if you suffer a broken bone in a car accident, you will require immediate medical attention, including potential surgery. The bone will need to be immobilized for a period of time after the accident, and serious breaks may even require the insertion of screws or plates to help the bone heal. The physical pain accompanying such an injury should be obvious, but the mental anguish is also present. Being unable to move, care for yourself, and having to undergo surgery or other medical treatment all results in mental as well as physical anguish.
Calculating Pain and Suffering
Putting a price on pain and suffering can be difficult to do. No amount of money can make up for your physical and mental pain, but there are a number of techniques that can be used to estimate the fair amount of monetary damages. One such formula is the pain multiplier. This involves multiplying your economic damages, which includes your medical expenses and lost wages, times a multiplier, or a number that expresses your level of pain and suffering. Another way is to determine the number of days you will ensure pain and how much each day of pain should be worth. Your car accident attorney will assist you in calculating this complex figure.
Dedicated Chicago Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident, the Chicago Car Accident Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC can help. We understand the immense pain and suffering you may have experienced in the car accident and will fight to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve. We have achieved over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at (312) 422-0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.