Calculating the total amount of your losses, or “damages,” is never easy. It often requires putting a price on things that don’t have a monetary value, like pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Your total demand amount certainly won’t match up with the insurance company’s offer. Your job is to get paid as much as you can, and theirs is to pay as little as they can.Still, you need to find a dollar value for your personal injury claim, and this section helps you do that.
Is there such thing as a pain and suffering calculator?
If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence—whether it be in a car accident, slip-and-fall, or any other personal injury case—you can usually pursue compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. This is called a third-party claim.After establishing that the defendant is, in fact, at-fault, you will then need to prove your financial losses so that you can rightfully claim the money you need to rebuild your life. The money for these losses is known as damages, and there are a few different kinds.
In Florida, when someone is injured as a result of someone else’s negligence the Florida law provides that the injured party can ask a jury to compensate them for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those damages that are readily calculable—medical bills, lost wages, or anything with a set dollar amount. Economic damages are typically easily presentable to a jury. Jurors understand hard and fast numbers, like medical bills and lost wages, and are oftentimes readily willing to compensate an injury victim for these types of losses.
What becomes more difficult to prove and be compensated for are so-called “non-economic” damages, or what is commonly referred to as “pain and suffering” damages.