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Pain and Suffering Suits

Pain and Suffering Suits


What is a Pain and Suffering Suit?

In a suit, pain and suffering is the legal term for emotional stress and physical pain caused by an injury or the contraction of a disease. Damages that fall under this category will be: temporary or permanent limitations on everyday activity, aches, potential shortening of life, scarring, depression or any psychological harm that impedes you from earning a wage or living your life. 

When filing pain and suffering suits as a result of injury or a medical condition, it is common to seek compensation for the actual pain caused and for the pain and stress associated with the injury or condition. In a legal filing, pain and suffering falls under the umbrella of the “general damages” portion of the plaintiff’s claim, or alternatively, it may be assumed as an element of “compensatory” non-economic damages that permit recovery for the psychological anguish and/or the physical pain endured by the filing party as a result of injury for which the plaintiff seeks compensation. 

The compensation sought under a pain and suffering suit depends on an assortment of factors, including the severity of the injury or condition, the type of medical treatment received the potential long term consequences and the length of recovery time. In addition to pain, a filing party can also cite psychological and emotional stress in their pain and suffering suits. For instance, visible scarring on the face can perpetuate insecurities, which may be viewed as compensating elements. 

A court will award pain and suffering based on the political and socio-economic factors that play a part in the particular jurisdiction of the pain and suffering suit. In the majority of U.S. states, the cap on monetary amount awarded for a pain and suffering suit is limited to what is listed in the written complaint. In other U.S. states, under tort reform, there are ceilings that are codified based on statute to which a jury may not exceed when awarding punitive damages to the filing party. 

Aside from monetary damages awarded in a pain and suffering suit, compensation may also be provided outside the judicial system in arbitration, meditation or insurance settlement suits. An individual claimant or those plaintiffs represented by attorneys present demands to insurance companies to settle the pain and suffering suit. These claims demand for injury compensation established by damages that are typically used in a court setting. These kinds of demands are typically summaries of a filing party’s medical care and the instances that precipitated the injury.

What is a Mesothelioma Claim?

If you have developed mesothelioma cancer you are within your legal rights to file a claim against the employer or manufacturer responsible for exposing you asbestos fibers if applicable. There is an assortment of rules surrounding the filing of a mesothelioma suit. These rules involve time constraints and state requirements, necessitating the inclusion of a mesothelioma lawyer in your particular filing. In general, there are three different forms of mesothelioma suits to engage in: worker’s compensation, personal injury and wrongful death suits. Each of these forms can include a pain and suffering clause to collect monies for the psychological damages imposed not only on the sufferer of mesothelioma cancer but also the stress placed on his/her family.

Worker’s Compensation Pain and Suffering:

A worker’s compensation mesothelioma claim is the most basic legal filing for compensation due to job-related injuries or illnesses that make it impossible to earn a living wage. Laws surrounding worker’s compensation mesothelioma claims are governed by state and federal laws, which are intended to provide assistance to mesothelioma sufferers or employees who work with asbestos filaments. These types of filings are no-fault arrangements. In these examples, the worker—individual who contracts mesothelioma cancer—agrees not to sue the employer that put him/her at risk of contracting the disease, and in return, the employer guarantees compensation for all damages including those associated with pain and suffering. That being said, worker’s compensation mesothelioma claims will not cover the medical expenses tied to a mesothelioma diagnosis. As a result, this type of mesothelioma claim is typically not suggested to seek restitution for mesothelioma or any other serious illness caused by asbestos exposure. 

Personal Injury Pain and Suffering Claims:

A mesothelioma personal injury claim is suggested for individuals seeking compensation for injuries caused by asbestos exposure. In these suits, the mesothelioma patient may request compensatory damages for punitive damages and pain and suffering awards. 

A compensatory damage under a personal injury suit is defined as an identifiable expense and a cost to the plaintiff, including the loss of income and the prices associated with medical expenses. Compensatory damages are primarily established by local law or statute—as a result these laws will vary based on jurisdiction—and will typically withstand most court appeals that do not overturn a verdict in its entirety. 

Pain and suffering compensations are more complex—primarily due to their subjective nature–in a mesothelioma personal injury claim. The pain and suffering portion of the personal injury mesothelioma claim generates negotiation between the mesothelioma sufferer and the defendant accused of exposing the victim to asbestos. Because pain and suffering compensation is widely derived through negotiation, there is no standard bar or gauge regarding the delivery of funds. Because of this, including a skilled mesothelioma or asbestos lawyer is essential if you are suing for pain and suffering damages. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Pain and Suffering Claim?

As stated above, a pain and suffering suit is attached to the general mesothelioma claim. Because of this and because of the fact that the disease tends to take multiple decades to develop, individual statutes of limitations typically give mesothelioma sufferers one to five years from the discovery of their medical condition to file a suit. Although a mesothelioma patient is awarded multiple years to file a claim, it is necessary to act promptly, because a number of states—such as California and Louisiana—impose statutes of limitations that require a filing only one year from diagnosis. 

If a mesothelioma patient has already fallen victim to the disease, the individual’s spouse or family member is typically awarded one to three years from the date of the death to formally file a wrongful death suit. These suits may also result in the recovery of pain and suffering compensation. It must be noted that a mesothelioma victim cannot file or partake in a class action suit because each individual’s medical history and prognosis varies, necessitating the need for an individual filing. 

How Long Will My Pain and Suffering Suit Take?

The bulk of mesothelioma cases are settled before they enter a formal court setting—the majority of parties will agree outside of a jury setting through negotiations. If you and your mesothelioma lawyer have gathered all the information concerning your employment history and medical condition you may receive your compensation for pain and suffering in less than a year from the date your suit is filed. In other situations, particularly those where the amount of expected compensation depends on engaging in a formal trial, the mesothelioma suit may last three years or more. Fortunately, the bulk of U.S. states recognize the fact that mesothelioma sufferers face a short life expectancy and fast track mesothelioma claims.